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NCAA Tournament Championship Game Award Results

RM HeroldFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2014

NCAA Tournament Championship Game Award Results

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    David J. Phillip

    The Connecticut Huskies are your 2014 NCAA champions.

    In a battle between a young but extremely talented Kentucky Wildcats team and a very talented, veteran Connecticut team, "the old guys" won. Someone call and congratulate the AARP. 

    Some of the Wildcats fans are taking it hard, especially this guy. But fret no more, 'Cats fans: You might have lost the big game, but we have plenty of other awards here that you might have won. 

    Let's check the results from Monday night's poll

Freshest Dunk: James Young

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    Chris Steppig

    Young ran away with this category, winning in a landslide. I don't know if he is ready for to make the jump to the NBA, but if he does, I'm taking early odds on him in the dunk contest.

    Charles Barkley seems to think that Young is the most talented player on Kentucky. I don't know about that, but I think he can take Kentucky back to the title game.

Most Impressive Player: Niels Giffey

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    This one was as much a surprise to me as he probably was to the Kentucky defenders. Niels Giffey stole this category with his clutch shooting and even found himself defending Julius Randle when the Huskies went small. 

    I'm not sure UConn would have held off the 'Cats without Giffey. 

Biggest Winner: Shabazz Napier

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    Charlie Neibergall

    This race was almost too close to call, but Napier wins biggest winner of the night over his coach Kevin Ollie. Napier also won Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four, so overall the young man had a memorable night. 

    The debate will rage on as to how good Napier can be at the next level. Can he lead a team, or is he a backup? Is he the next Allen Iverson, or will be bounce around the league like Coach Ollie did for several seasons?

    Or is he the next Kemba Walker?

Best Pictures/Moments: Shabazz on the Mic

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    Dear NCAA: Shabazz Napier has a message for you.

    Stop banning his team, and he'd also like you to know that while the NCAA makes billions, sometimes he goes to bed hungry.

    The people voted to let him speak. 

Most Disappointing Performance: Kentucky Free-Throw Shooting

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    Eric Gay

    In sports, it's never so cut and dry that you can say if this happened, then this would have been the result. But in the case of free throws, when Kentucky lost by six points and missed 11 freebies, a case could be made...

One Shining Moment

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    David J. Phillip

    No way we can leave on the most disappointing performance of the game, so here is one shining moment to cheer you up.

    Enjoy.

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