The UConn Huskies are the 2014 NCAA basketball champions after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54, in a thriller during the title game on Monday night.

You know it was one hell of a game when you get this type of reaction from UConn head coach Kevin Ollie:

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It was that type of night for the Huskies. They led big early on, but let the Wildcats come back. It was 35-31 at halftime, and it was a very close game throughout the second half.

However, with Shabazz Napier at the helm for the Huskies, there was no way the Wildcats could back them down. Napier and his 22 points was too much for Kentucky to overcome, giving No. 7 seed UConn the 60-54 win.

Ollie, who was in his first tournament as the Huskies head coach, starts off his March Madness record with a perfect 6-0 record.

Napier is no different, either. He learned well from Kemba Walker off the 2011 tournament, and he did his own Kemba-like tournament run this year by leading UConn all the way.

Now for Shabazz, he has two rings and is on his way to the NBA.

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But let's not forget this tremendous tourney run by Kentucky, either. John Calipari created a magnificent team with an all-freshmen starting lineup, and he led them all the way to the title game. Essentially, they were the new Fab Five.

It was a tremendous game of two underdogs and teams that were doubted throughout the college basketball season.

Only one team was going to make it out, though. Only one team could win out of this 68-team filled tournament.

It just so happened to be this seventh-seed UConn Huskies.


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