It looked like UConn came ready to play and Kentucky was still trying to get their feet under them. UConn went up 28-14. Napier led the way with 15 points. He and Ryan Boatright were frustrating the Harrison twins with their quickness. But with around 6 minutes left in the half, UConn's DeAndre Daniels committed his second foul and had to sit. Kentucky decided to go to a 2-3 zone. This allowed Kentucky to make a solid comeback led by James Young with 10 points. The Harrison twins settled in and Julius Randle closed the half with a three point play and once again Kentucky was trailing at the half. This was the 5th straight game the Wildcats trailed at halftime, but they only trailed by 4.
The 2nd Half was a hard fought, physical game. Both teams would not give in it seemed. UConn was having trouble pulling away from Kentucky because of their lack of penetration in the paint. But UConn was still able to take a 9 point lead with 11 minutes left until James Young threw down a nasty and one dunk. Then Kentucky went on a run to cut the lead to 3, 48-45. With 9 minutes left, UConn saw a scary moment when starting guard Ryan Boatright rolled his ankle. Luckily he stayed in the game after a timeout. Back and Forth they went. Napier would hit a big shot then Kentucky would have an answer. With 5 minutes left UConn led 54-50 mainly because of Napier's back to back threes for UConn and Randle bullying his way inside for Kentucky. Free throws were really killing Kentucky down the stretch. Also the fact that UConn made more hustle plays down the stretch as well. The quickness of UConn was able to outwit the strength of Kentucky. UConn won 60-54.
UConn won their 4rth national title and their second in the last 4 years. This was another exciting national title game! Congratulations to the UConn Huskies and the Kentucky Wildcats. Both of these teams had remarkable runs to get here. Both high seeds this game will go down in basketball history. This game reminds me of the Michigan vs Duke title game of 1992. Michigan with their Fab Five Freshman lost to an experienced Duke team. Almost the same scenario here. Kentucky started 5 freshman while UConn has seniors who have one a national title before.
Key Stat: UConn 10-10 free throws, Kentucky 13-24 free throws