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.
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.
The wildest NCAA Tournament of the modern era culminates with an 8 seed versus a 7 seed for the championship. Kentucky, a 74-73 winner over Wisconsin on Saturday, will face Connecticut, which upset Florida 64-53.
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.
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.
UConn called for people to evacuate an admissions building on its Storrs campus Thursday morning and others on campus to shelter in place.
The Huskies were punished for the mistakes made by players over the four previous years. While five players left the program, others remained loyal to UConn.
Hall of Famers Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma have won 11 national championships between them, and Ollie counts both among his friends and close advisers.
On Friday, after Iowa State had cut a 17-point deficit to four with two minutes left, Boatright made what his coach called the play of the game.
Music City is the next stop for a Connecticut women’s team that just keeps humming along in search of a record ninth national championship.
Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 that entered the Big Dance unranked, has reached the Final Four as an eight seed. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, which upset top seed Arizona in a thriller.
Unlike the past few years, there will be no upstarts or Cinderella in the Final Four. These are the big boys all right, but each one has a big chip on their shoulders.
Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.
Michigan State and Connecticut both won Friday night in the East Regional semifinals and they will play Sunday with the winner heading to North Dallas for the Final Four.