They played each other 12 times over the previous three seasons. But with Notre Dame moving to the ACC, they didn’t play this year — setting up Tuesday night’s title game between the undefeated squads.
The team is expected back at the Storrs campus at about 5 p.m., when a championship rally is planned. Gampel Pavilion will open at 4:30 p.m. and the event is open and free to the public.
Napier turned in one final masterpiece as a college player Monday night, lifting the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky and bringing home a championship hardly anyone not wearing a UConn uniform thought was possible.
Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all those Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.
The episode was embarrassing and easily could have ended with Steve Masiello looking for work. But Manhattan chose to go another route, one that will allow a successful coach to stay where he is.
Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the 8-seed University of Kentucky Wildcats will win; Malloy is wagering Connecticut wine, beer and chocolate on a Huskies victory.
“I’m going to do all I can to not give them a headline to keep them alive,” Hermann said during a classroom discussion last month, according to NJ.com.
Neither was around in last year’s tourney — Connecticut because of a tournament ban over academic issues; Kentucky because it didn’t make the field. And neither looked like title contenders at times this season.
DeAndre Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds Saturday to help UConn snap Florida’s30-game win streak with a 63-53 upset of the Gators at the Final Four.
The Final Four is just a day away, and WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts did their broadcast live from Dallas on Friday in advance of Saturday’s big games.
Shabazz Napier can shoot, drive and dish, hit big shots, pick off passes, carry a team down the stretch of a game and a season. Sounds an awful lot like another recent UConn star: Kemba Walker.
One impact player leaving early is bad enough, but two? St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin cannot be a happy man right now.
“We motivated ourself with the sanctions,” guard Shabazz Napier said. “We were motivated with people doubting us and it worked out well.”
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The feat has also been accomplished by Duke, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan State and LSU. But UConn is the only school to do it more than once.
The UConn Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning their record ninth national title.
Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece Monday night to lift the Huskies to a 60-54 win, and an NCAA title.