UConn's Road to the 2014 NCAA Basketball Championship

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UConn's Road to the 2014 NCAA Basketball Championship
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Let the party begin! Connecticut's road to the 2014 national championship is complete.

It never really looked all that easy, and it wasn't.

Connecticut's road to the 2014 NCAA men's basketball championship was a winding one filled with potholes but one that ultimately proved navigable.

Along the way, there were triumphs and losses ugly enough to be called tragedies. There were clutch performances and a near-heartbreak in the round of 64. 

In the end, the Huskies became the first No. 7 seed to claim a national title. Overall, it was Connecticut's fourth championship since 1999 but the first for coach Kevin Ollie, the handpicked successor to UConn coaching legend Jim Calhoun.

Ollie became the first Division I coach since Michigan's Steve Fisher in 1989 to win a title within his first two seasons.

To understand how the Huskies pulled it off, a stroll through their season, highlighting key moments and personalities, is in order.

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