Vote for the 2014 NCAA Championship Game Awards

RM HeroldFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2014

Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier shoots between Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins (25) and guard Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip

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!


Freshest Dunk 

DeAndre Daniels

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.


Alex Poythress

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. 


James Young

As UConn tried to pull away, the biggest dunker of the baby 'Cats came hard to stem the tide. 







Most Impressive Play /Player

Julius Randle

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.


Alex Poythress

Another put back by Poythress, this time with Kentucky needing points in the second half. Big time slam.


Niels Giffey

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.








Biggest Winner

Coach Kevin Ollie

Eric Gay

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.


Shabazz Napier

Charlie Neibergall

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. 







Best Pictures/Moments 

UConn celebrating the championship

David J. Phillip

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.  






Most Disappointing Performance

Kentucky's free-throw shooting

Jeff Roberson

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

Tony Gutierrez

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.