UConn defeats Kentucky to win NCAA crown

Connecticut Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels goes to the basket against two Kentucky Wildcats during...

Connecticut Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels goes to the basket against two Kentucky Wildcats during last night's game. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

For the first time in three years, the NCAA title isn’t going to a team from Kentucky.

That’s because it’s going back to Connecticut for the second time in four years and third time in a decade.

Just a year after being barred from the tournament and in the second year under the stewardship of Kevin Ollie, the Huskies prevailed over the young Wildcats 60-54, to put the lid on a thrilling edition of March Madness, one of the best in years, despite the ridiculous venue the Final Four was played in.

Shabazz Napier watched and learned back in 2011 when Kemba Walker had a tourney for the ages in leading the Huskies, including a young Napier, to a title. Then Napier one-upped his friend, becoming the first player since Walker to have a hand in 44% of team’s points or assists and joining only Walker, Derrick Rose and Larry Bird as players to total 125 points, 25 rebounds and 25 assists in a single tournament.


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