We have a new NCAA national champ, folks. Two lower seeds met up for one of the more exciting title games we've seen in a while. Congrats to the UConn Huskies.
But before we get into all the celebrations, let's go ahead and vote on some awards. Let us know who you think should win our championship game awards, we'll tally up the votes and let you know what the voters say.
Here we go!
Well, one of the usual suspects is back on the list. Mr. Daniels doing the damn thing again. This time going baseline for the stuff.
Yet another member of the always-slamming-the ball-home club. Seems like Poythress with the putback is a designed play. But I'm not sure Coach Cal says he has to slam it as hard as he does.
As UConn tried to pull away, the biggest dunker of the baby 'Cats came hard to stem the tide.
Most Impressive Play /Player
Just when it looked like UConn might run away and hide in the first half, Randle came up with a huge block, changing the momentum of the game.
Another put back by Poythress, this time with Kentucky needing points in the second half. Big time slam.
Giffey's solid defense and clutch shooting (including this second of back-to-back UConn threes) gave the Huskies the cushion they needed to seal the game in the second half.
Most Impressive Play / Player
Coach Kevin Ollie
First time coaching in the tournament? Check. Leading an underdog to the national title? Check. Doing it with your mentor watching you from the stands? Check.
Napier (22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) led his team to its second national championship in four years. Oh, and he also was named Most Outstanding Player of the tourney. Not a bad night at all.
UConn celebrating the championship
What's better than a bunch of guys running around after winning the title looking for someone to hug?
Shabazz: "This is what happens when you ban us!"
Napier is a feisty point guard with a chip on his shoulder. What did you think about his postgame speech? Tell us in the comments.
Best Picture / Moment
Most Disappointing Performance
Kentucky's free-throw shooting
UConn shot 10 free throws and hit all 10. Kentucky shot 24 freebies and hit 13 of them. Difference in the game?
Kentucky's last-minute defense
Coach Cal says they couldn't foul UConn because those guys don't miss (he's right about that), but still... Something looked wrong about that last minute of the game and just letting the Huskies salt it away like that.