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Connecticut Defeats Kentucky 60-54 to win NCAA Championship

 
Connecticut Defeats Kentucky 60-54 to win NCAA Championship
Posted Monday, April 7th 2014 @ 9am  by KFBK News

Connecticut defeated Kentucky 60-54 to win the NCAA Championship tonight in Arlington, Texas.

The teams were an even match throughout the game, but Connecticut was in the lead the entire game.

The title was fairly evenly matched, with both teams shooting around 45 percent for the season and outscoring their opponents by 8 points. Going into the tournament, Kentucky was seeded No. 8 and Connecticut was seeded No. 7.

The game was a bit of a shocker to begin with. UConn is the first ever No. 7 seed to make it to the Championship game. No. 8 seeds have made it to the finals before, but not since 2011. This is the first time a No. 7 seed has faced a No. 8 seed in the Championship game. 

Another fact that you'd think would put Kentucky at a disadvantage in the tournament -- every starting player is a freshman. It didn't seem to hurt them too much. Losing just the title game.

At half-time the Kentucky Wildcats trailed the UConn Huskies 35-31.

The Wildcats advanced with Saturday's 74-73 win over Wisconsin after the Huskies ended Florida's 30-game winning streak, 63-53.

Prior to the game, UConn's senior point guard Shabazz Napier took home the Bob Cousy award, which is given to the best point guard in college basketball. Napier averaged almost 18 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals this season.

UConn is the only school that has ever won both men's and women's titles in the same year -- back in 2004. They have a chance to do it again.  When the women Huskies play for the title tonight. 

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Women's UConn team had won the 2014 title already. They do not play until tonight. 

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