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UConn beats Kentucky, 60-54, for title

  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) tries to control the ball as Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) tries to control the ball as Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) tries to control the ball as Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) tries to control the ball as Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) shoots between defenders Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) and guard Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

    Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) shoots between defenders Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) and guard Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

  • Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) shoots between defenders Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) and guard Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

    Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) shoots between defenders Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) and guard Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, drives to the basket past Kentucky forward Alex Poythress during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, drives to the basket past Kentucky forward Alex Poythress during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, drives to the basket past Kentucky forward Alex Poythress during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, drives to the basket past Kentucky forward Alex Poythress during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Connecticut guard Niels Giffey (5) takes the ball behind Kentucky guard James Young (1) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Connecticut guard Niels Giffey (5) takes the ball behind Kentucky guard James Young (1) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Connecticut guard Niels Giffey (5) takes the ball behind Kentucky guard James Young (1) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Connecticut guard Niels Giffey (5) takes the ball behind Kentucky guard James Young (1) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • A Kentucky student cheers before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    A Kentucky student cheers before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • A Kentucky student cheers before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    A Kentucky student cheers before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Connecticut fans cheer before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Connecticut fans cheer before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Connecticut fans cheer before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Connecticut fans cheer before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Niels Giffey (5) shoots the ball against Kentucky during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

    Niels Giffey (5) shoots the ball against Kentucky during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

  • Niels Giffey (5) shoots the ball against Kentucky during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

    Niels Giffey (5) shoots the ball against Kentucky during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

  • Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) dunks the ball in front of Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, and Andrew Harrison (5) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, Pool)

    Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) dunks the ball in front of Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, and Andrew Harrison (5) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, Pool)

  • Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) dunks the ball in front of Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, and Andrew Harrison (5) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, Pool)

    Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) dunks the ball in front of Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, and Andrew Harrison (5) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, Pool)

  • Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) drives to the basket between Kentucky's Marcus Lee (00) and Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) drives to the basket between Kentucky's Marcus Lee (00) and Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) drives to the basket between Kentucky's Marcus Lee (00) and Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) drives to the basket between Kentucky's Marcus Lee (00) and Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie directs the team against Kentucky during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie directs the team against Kentucky during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie directs the team against Kentucky during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie directs the team against Kentucky during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) shoots over Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, left, during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) shoots over Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, left, during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) shoots over Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, left, during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) shoots over Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, left, during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Kentucky forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) as Niels Giffey (5) and Terrence Samuel (3) look on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Kentucky forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) as Niels Giffey (5) and Terrence Samuel (3) look on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Kentucky forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) as Niels Giffey (5) and Terrence Samuel (3) look on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Kentucky forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) as Niels Giffey (5) and Terrence Samuel (3) look on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, right, drives past Kentucky guard James Young during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, right, drives past Kentucky guard James Young during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, right, drives past Kentucky guard James Young during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, right, drives past Kentucky guard James Young during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) tries to control the ball as Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) tries to control the ball as Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) shoots between defenders Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) and guard Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)
  • Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) shoots between defenders Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) and guard Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)
  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, drives to the basket past Kentucky forward Alex Poythress during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, drives to the basket past Kentucky forward Alex Poythress during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Connecticut guard Niels Giffey (5) takes the ball behind Kentucky guard James Young (1) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut guard Niels Giffey (5) takes the ball behind Kentucky guard James Young (1) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • A Kentucky student cheers before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • A Kentucky student cheers before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut fans cheer before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Connecticut fans cheer before the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Niels Giffey (5) shoots the ball against Kentucky during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)
  • Niels Giffey (5) shoots the ball against Kentucky during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)
  • Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) dunks the ball in front of Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, and Andrew Harrison (5) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, Pool)
  • Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) dunks the ball in front of Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, right, and Andrew Harrison (5) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, Pool)
  • Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) drives to the basket between Kentucky's Marcus Lee (00) and Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Connecticut guard Lasan Kromah (20) drives to the basket between Kentucky's Marcus Lee (00) and Aaron Harrison (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) blocks a shot by Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie directs the team against Kentucky during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie directs the team against Kentucky during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) shoots over Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, left, during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) shoots over Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, left, during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Kentucky forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) as Niels Giffey (5) and Terrence Samuel (3) look on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Kentucky forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) as Niels Giffey (5) and Terrence Samuel (3) look on during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, right, drives past Kentucky guard James Young during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, right, drives past Kentucky guard James Young during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ARLINGTON, Texas — 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.

Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies’ 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun’s retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season.

They came back strong in coach Kevin Ollie’s second season, and the Huskies (32-8) went all the way to their fourth overall title.

Kentucky (29-11), with five freshmen starters, never led in the championship game.

The Wildcats missed 11 of 24 free throws, while the Huskies were perfect on 10 tries.

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Former President Bill Clinton initially took a back seat to his successor during the national anthem at the NCAA championship game.

But once the game began, Clinton and former President George W. Bush gathered in the same row and sat next to each other in the luxury box belonging to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at AT&T Stadium. They laughed while their images were being shown on the giant stadium video boards, and drew applause from the crowd during a break in the first half.

Former first lady Laura Bush was also in attendance for the title game between Kentucky and Connecticut. Both former presidents are noted sports fans, and Bush, is a regular attendee at Texas sporting events.

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When Darius Rucker was introduced before performing the national anthem, one group in the crowd yelled “Hootie!”

The award-winning country singer-songwriter did get his start in mainstream music in the mid-1990s as the frontman of the band Hootie & The Blowfish. He released his third country album last year, including the No. 1 hit “Wagon Wheel.”

Rucker was backed for his NCAA championship game performance by the Jazz Singers vocal ensemble from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performance and Visual Arts in Dallas.

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Absolutely no chance that that Susan Hughes would forget where she was parked Monday night.

Hughes and the rest of her party of hardcore Kentucky fan backed up their Wildcats blue pickup truck right underneath a billboard of a screaming Louisville fan decked in red.

In case you haven’t heard, Kentucky and Louisville backers aren’t exactly fond of each other. Hughes, 55, of Paducah, used the occasion to torment a friend who works at Louisville.

“I took that picture and sent it to him and said ‘Thinking of you,’” said Hughes, wearing a blue No. 11 jersey for former guard John Wall.

Not surprisingly, Big Blue Nation turned out in force at AT&T Stadium. Kentucky fans outnumbered Connecticut fans by about 4-to-1 in the parking lots about two hours before the game.

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