Congratulations to the UConn Huskies, winner of their fourth national championship Monday night with a 60-54 victory over Big Blue Nation and the Kentucky Wildcats in Arlington Texas.
Following a season where the Huskies were ineligible for post-season play due to APR/Academic issues, the upperclassman who stayed with the program earned their second title in four years, and brought a sense of redemption to UConn. Led by UConn alumni Kevin Ollie, who inherited the program following Jim Calhoun’s retirement, the Huskies went from a team that struggled in their opener against St. Joseph’s to knocking off the “team of destiny” from Lexington.
Calipari’s starters are expected to announce for the NBA in the coming days, similar to the squad that won the title for UK in 2012. Rumors are also swirling that Calipari himself may be headed to The League, as the future coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. If you’ve followed Calipari’s career and are a WildKat fan, you’ve got to hope beyond hope that he stays, as programs he leaves tend to have visits from the NCAA soon thereafter.
So, congrats to the Huskies, who look to see their undefeated women’s team double dip on Tuesday night when they face the also undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Should Coach Auriemma’s team win, it will be the second time that both titles have ended in Connecticut in the same year… no other team has even done it once.
Fear not, UK faithful- The Yankees’ season just began and the Miami Heat look solid this year as well. And then you get to live vicariously through the successes of your SEC brethern… the same ones who hate you all during hoops season.
In our Yahoo! Challenge, Ryan had it all sewn up on Saturday, correctly picking Kentucky and Florida in the Final Four. Huge kudos also go to Kris, who had the most correct picks, but not the most points per our scoring system. Ryan wins the great prize package from The Buckeye Room, Fresh Brewed Tees, and Mekka Don, and you’ll be hopefully reading his thoughts in this space in the near future.
This year’s tBBC Bragging Rights go to Ken, who blew the rest of us out of the water at… wait for it… 21st place. Proud. Your humble correspondent finished in dead last, right behind a staffer who was too busy with his dissertation to spend more than a few minutes filling out his bracket.
Huge thanks go to our friend Bacon Ninja for keeping me from having the lowest score of the people I talk to regularly. Oh, and that 8 year old that finished in the running for our bowl challenge? Ninth place.
Thanks again for participating, and look for our next contest sometime in mid-August as we get ready for the 2014-15 season to kick off. Remember, we’ll be livechatting the Ohio State spring game this Saturday afternoon… see you then!
Starting at 9 PM Eastern Time tonight, we decide a National Champion for this season. Tonight we will find out if 7-seed UConn, or 8-seed Kentucky has what it takes to win it all.
Come join us for the chat this evening, the last basketball chat of the year. It’s gonna be a blast!
Note: Next Saturday (April 12th) is the Ohio State Spring Football Game. We will be running a livechat for that game. Be here for it!