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UConn Huskies Win NCAA Championship: The Highlights You Need to See

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The UConn Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in a thrilling climax to the college basketball season. The score doesn’t tell the whole story, the Huskies dominated the early exchanges but then something happened. UConn got rattled and the Wildcats roared back into the game, but they never managed to get the lead. The impeccable shooting of Shabazz Napier managed to keep them at bay. Ryan Boatright’s ankle injury didn’t seem to affect him too much either as he played his heart out. The University of Kentucky and Coach John Calipari can hold their heads high, James Young’s unstoppable dunk was arguably the play of the game and Alex Poythress did his best to drag the freshman forward. Alas, it wasn’t to be. This will not be the last we see of this team. But for now, it’s UConn’s moment, it’s Shabazz’s moment. Enjoy it boys.

Here’s how it went down:


Some 3s From UConn Kept the Wildcats at Bay

Shabazz Napier Three Points NCAA Championship Game

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When UK cut UConn’s lead to one, UConn responded with a couple of threes from Shabazz Napier and Niels Giffey. But DeAndre Daniels, still not on his game, missed his shot to break the run. Julius Randle got fouled on the next possession and made to frees to keep the game alive for the Wildcats.


Watch the First Half Highlights Here



Everbody Had a Good Time


There Was a Five Point Flurry From UK

Alex Poythress Dunk UK

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Finally someone reminded UK that they were still in this game. After a couple of Niles Giffey free-throws for UConn, James Young made a 3-point shot from 24 feet before a steal and an Aaron Harrison dunk. UConn took a timeout. James Young and Andrew Harrison stepped it up some more with couple of 3-pointers to make it an 11-3 run with 2:24 left in the first half.


It Was Shooting Exhibition at Times

Shabazz Napier NCAA Championship Game

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Beginning with Napier’s 3-pointers on 8:29 that made the score 24-12 to UConn. Andrew Harrison upped the ante with a three of his own for UK. Then DeAndre Daniels joined in the fun with a jump shot from 12 feet out bringing us to 26-12 with 7:15 left in the first half. James Young broke the hot shooting by missing a 23-foot 3 pointer.


This Game Heated Up at 10 Mins

That was pretty special from Ryan Boatright. But just after Alex Poythress went down to the other end of the court and dunked all over UConn. Ryan Boatright didn’t seem too bothered though as he made a 19 foot jump shot just five seconds later. Here’s Poythress’ dunk in Vine form:


Napier is Looking Hot

Shabazz Napier hit a smooth 24-foot 3-point jumper to bring the Huskies on a 7-0 run. His mother would be proud. A couple of free-throws from Randle breaks UConn’s streak. Meanwhile, UK Coach John Calipari is all:

John Calipari UK Kentucky Coach NCAA National Championship Game

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Julius Randle Came Out Early

An early blow for UK. Julius Randle who injured his ankle against Wisconsin has come out of the game early on. He’s been limping along the injured leg during his warm-up.


First Blood to UConn

Ryan Boatright gets on the board first with a nice layup shot. A few seconds later DeAndre Daniels missed a 16-foot jumper. He made a amends with a sweet dunk a few minutes later. A quick lay-up followed from Niels Giffey followed. Kevin Ollie has got to be loving this.

DeAndre Daniels Dunk NCAA Championship Game

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Pre Game:


UConn is Ready to Go

They’re pumped. Are you?

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Drake is a Fan

Wow, Drake really likes those UK boys. He made an appearance at their game on Saturday against Wisconsin and was roundly booed by the crowd. But you can’t keep him away it seems:

UK Drake Gif


Are You as Excited as This Cheerleader?

Now that’s excitement.


Line-ups:

Connecticut will line-up like this from the start: Phillip Nolan, DeAndrew Daniels, Niles Giffey, Ryan Boatright, and Shabazz Napier.

Kentucky will be: James Young, Andre Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle, and Dakari Johnson.


NCAA Championship Game AT&T Arena

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So it all comes down to this. The UConn Huskies and the Kentucky Wildcats do battle at the AT&T arena in Arlington, Texas. You can watch all the action from 9:10 p.m. on CBS. But if you can’t and you’re not in Texas, then this is the next best thing. The oddsmakers make UK the marginal favorites but UConn and Shabazz Napier have thrived with the underdog tag so far in this tournament. This is a tough one to call.

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