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National Championship Game Recap: Hungry Huskies Cap Title Run

posted on April 09, 2014
The Hungry Huskies outdueled the new Fab Five for one of the most unlikely NCAA championship runs in Tournament history.UConn defeated Kentucky 60-54 for the Huskies’ fourth national championship Monday, as a traditional power won the title in untraditional ways.UConn started as a No. 7 seed, the lowest-ranked team to win a title since 1985. Kevin Ollie, a coach short on experience, defeated three national championship coaches in three games. And Shabazz Napier, who had a lower recruiting profile...
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A Very Early College Basketball Top 25 for 2014-15

posted on April 08, 2014
The 2014 national champion has been crowned, so now it's time to take a quick look ahead at next season.Consider this a quick snapshot of the 2014-15 season. A handful of developments still need to happen before there’s a clearer picture of the season ahead.McDonald’s All-American Myles Turner has yet to commit, and he’s down to a handful of power players — Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, SMU and Duke.NBA Draft early entries also have a deadline coming up before...
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Top 10 NCAA Championship Games in Modern Tournament History

posted on April 08, 2014
The Connecticut Huskies are champions.Kevin Ollie, in just his first year eligible to make the tournament and just his second as a head coach, led his team to the top of the college basketball mountain. All UConn and Ollie did was become the first No. 7 seed to ever win the NCAA championship and the lowest seeded champ since Kansas (No. 6) topped Oklahoma in 1988.Their defense was excellent and Shabazz Napier was downright brilliant once again. That said, Kentucky's fabulous freshmen should hold...
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National Championship Game Preview and Picks: UConn Huskies vs. Kentucky Wildcats

posted on April 07, 2014
Prepare to see history.Whatever happens in Monday night’s national title game, either Kentucky or Connecticut will become one of the most rare champions in the NCAA Tournament.With 11 titles between the two, the Wildcats and Huskies aren’t in a spot they’ve never been, even in the last five years. But both have taken a path to the title game that, while not unprecedented, puts each school in exclusive company.Consider the following:• UConn is a No. 7 seed and Kentucky is a...
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15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

posted on April 06, 2014
The best team doesn’t always win the NCAA Tournament. Many of greatest rosters ever assembled failed to cut down the nets in the one-and-done, single-elimination Madness of March. These are the 15 best teams that never won the NCAA Tournament.1. 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels(34–1, 18–0 Big West)Coach Jerry TarkanianLost to Duke, 79–77, in Final FourVegas was the undisputed, undefeated heavyweight champion of the world in college basketball before falling to Duke in a rematch...
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Final Four Recap: Kentucky Continues Dramatics into Title Game

posted on April 06, 2014
Let’s take a moment and be thankful this season didn’t turn out for Kentucky the way many predicted.How boring would all this be if Kentucky were a top seed, a team whose trip to the national championship game felt like a formality?Instead, Kentucky has given the NCAA Tournament one of the most thrilling runs in NCAA Tournament history. Five games decided by seven points or fewer, the last three on late 3-pointers by Aaron Harrison.The Wildcats will go to the national championship game...
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Aaron Harrison hits game-winner for Kentucky ... again (Video)

posted on April 06, 2014
For the second consecutive game in the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison hit a game-winning 3-point shot. This time, Harrison's shot against Wisconsin will send the Wildcats to the national championship game following a 74-73 win.Harrison also converted a game-winning 3-pointer against Michigan in the regional final to send the Wildcats to the Final Four.Again, the still is almost as impressive as the highlight:Aaron Harrison 3 pic.twitter.com/11JNZ6Vvt3— 3030 (@jose3030) April...
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Final Four Recap: UConn Shocks Florida for Trip to Title Game

posted on April 05, 2014
If all hope looks lost for UConn in the national championship game, don’t believe it.Don’t say UConn is finished. Don’t change the channel. Don’t leave the arena.Against Florida, the Huskies clawed through an opponent and dire expectations again and not for the first time in this Tournament. UConn trailed by 16-4 Saturday to a team that had won 30 in a row, but the Huskies continued their improbable run to the national championship game with a 63-53 win over Florida.A dozen...
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Final Four Preview and Picks: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

posted on April 05, 2014
Kentucky may be the best-positioned No. 8 seed to play for a national title, but 1985 Villanova Big Blue Nation is not.Rollie Massimino’s 1985 Villanova team is the lowest-seeded program to win the national title, a feat Kentucky can match if the Wildcats can beat Wisconsin and then win Monday night.But unlike that Villanova team that spent most of the season lurking in the shadows, this year’s Kentucky started at No. 1. With the future pro talent John Calipari added to the roster this...
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Final Four Preview and Picks: Florida Gators vs. UConn Huskies

posted on April 05, 2014
Not many teams can say they’ve defeated every team on their schedule.If Florida make it to Monday night (and so does Wisconsin), the Gators can say they’ve answered all comers even if they've lost twice this season.In an odd turn of events, the only two teams that defeated Florida during the course of the season, Wisconsin and Connecticut, are in the Final Four. The third team, Kentucky, is one Florida has faced three times the year. Beat UConn and Wisconsin, and Florida can say it...
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