The University of Connecticut is your 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion
by Yusuf Gadlin
The Hungry Huskies is the self-proclaimed name given to this phenomenal team by their star player Shabazz Napier. The Huskies beat the highly favored and NBA-ladened University of Kentucky Monday night shattering expectations and wrecking dreams.
“This what happens when you ban us,” Shabazz yelled into the microphone post-game. He was referring to the two-year ban imposed by the NCAA for violating the rules which prohibited the UCONN men’s team from participating in post-season play.
The Huskies proved that heart and determination are key components to building a championship team, not just talent and skill.
Shabazz Napier won the most outstanding player award scoring 22points and grabbing an impressive 6 rebounds while hitting half of his shots from the field. The barley 6 ft guard had his full repertoire on display Monday night. Hitting clutch jumpers, perfecting perfect crossovers, and more importantly being a leader when tensions ran high due to a late charging Kentucky team.
Shabazz was seen shoving his teammate Ryan Boatright nearly to the ground for running the wrong play, Shabazz seemingly irate yelled at Boatright pleading with him to get his head in the game.This is nothing new, LeBron James made headlines for calling out a teammate for making a errand pass to which he yelled and screamed chastising his teammate in front of coaches and to the millions of viewers at home. James later diffused the incident to reporters, even claiming the teammate was like a brother. In fact, James was seen apologizing to his teammate for crossing the line, and admitting he was wrong, something a leader must display when they cross The line or recognizing when they are in The wrong.
Shabazz down-played the incident in the post game conference blaming it on passion for the game, the heat of the moment, and ensuring The people around the world Boatright was in fact his guy, brother and teammate for life.
Shabazz proclaimed, “This was a two year plan” and that UCONN coach and former NBA player Kevin Ollie assured him he would lead them back to the mountain top as champions of college basketball world.
Coach Ollie was chosen to be the successor to UCONN legendary coach Jim Calhoun in 2010. Ccach Ollie paid homage to Calhoun in the post game interview calling him a “unrealistic thinker” something Ollie said fueled his faith that UCONN would restore itself as a champion and power house in college basketball.
And believe me it was highly unrealistic that UCONN would go on a improbable run to national champs,with many people having them axed in its first round game against St. Joes–well at least I did.
This Connecticut team oozed confidence, toughness, grit and above all else faith.
I hope the NCAA thinks twice before banning another team because this is the result you get– a national championship and a million busted brackets.