ARLINGTON, Texas — A run that was kept alive by an Amida Brimah three-point play in the final seconds of regulation in No. 7 UConn's Round of 64 win over No. 10 Saint Joseph's has culminated with a national championship.
In a battle of speed vs. size it was speed that won out, with the Huskies knocking off No. 8 Kentucky by the final score of 60-54. It's the fourth national title for the UConn program and the first under second-year head coach Kevin Ollie, with the Huskies also becoming the first seven-seed to win the national title.
Senior point guard Shabazz Napier, named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, finished the game with 22 points and six assists, leading the way as he has all season long for UConn. Ryan Boatright added 14 points and Niels Giffey ten for UConn, which more than held its own on the glass against the bigger Wildcats. UConn managed to out-rebound Kentucky, limiting the Wildcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.5% and just seven second-chance points.
James Young paced Kentucky with 20 points and seven rebounds, but after putting forth sterling performances in the Wildcats' first five NCAA tournament victories the Harrison twins struggled against UConn's quick guards. They combined to score just 15 points while committing seven turnovers, with Andrew Harrison responsible for all five of their assists.