By Charles Glover Jr.
The Connecticut Huskies completed their improbable run through the NCAA tournament to capture the NCAA title in a 60 – 54 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats on Monday night. The Huskies never trailed in the tightly contested game and there were plenty of big plays made by key members on both teams. Final Four Most Outstanding Player Shabazz Napier and back-court mate Ryan Boatright accounted for 36 of the team’s 60 points and controlled the tempo offensively and defensively throughout the game. As Napier coined them, “the hungry Huskies” were ready for everything Kentucky could throw at them.
This championship marks the fourth in Uconn’s history for the men and the second time in four years the team ends the season with a win. Kevin Ollie becomes the first African-American head coach to lead his team to the title since Tubby Smith led Kentucky to the title in 1998. The first-time head coach pushed all the right buttons for his team in his second year as head coach. He believed in his team’s leader from the beginning of the season, stating:
“Shabazz is not only the best point guard in the country…the best leader in America!”
With former head coach Jim Calhoun in attendance, Ollie and his Huskies were able to restore the program to the acclaim it had since winning its first title in 1999. It has been exactly ten years since UConn accomplished winning the national basketball championship in the men and women’s game and there is a chance history repeats itself Tuesday night. Until then, congratulations to the Connecticut Huskies on their national championship and their exciting run in fulfilling their destiny.—.OnPointPress.net
Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.