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NCAA Tournament final: Kentucky vs. U-Conn.

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Shabazz Napier named Most Outstanding Player

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 07:  Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates on the court after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In the least surprising news of Monday night, Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier was named the Final Four Most Outstanding player after leading the Huskies to the national title.

Napier finished with 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting, including four threes, against Kentucky. He also added six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The full all-Final Four team is below:

Julius Randle, Kentucky.

James Young, Kentucky.

Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (MoP)

Shabazz Napier takes a shot at NCAA

(Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

(Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

Shabazz Napier, the game’s Most Outstanding Player, went a little off-script with an honest answer aimed at the NCAA immediately after Connecticut won the national championship.

“Let me get your attention,” he yelled to the crowd during the interview with CBS. “You’re looking at the hungry Huskies. This is what happens when you ban us!”

He was, of course, referring to the two-year postseason ban placed on the school in 2012.

Meanwhile, on the UConn campus...

The celebration in Connecticut begins as fans run onto the Storrs streets.

A tale of two celebrations for UConn...

(Charlie Niebergall / AP)

(Charlie Niebergall / AP)

At the home campus…

UConn fans celebrate in Storrs. (Jessica Hill / AP)

UConn fans celebrate in Storrs. (Jessica Hill / AP)

Annnnd the Drake jokes begin.

Drake’s recent Kentucky fandom is the subject of some ridicule after UConn wins.

Connecticut wins the national championship, 60-54

Connecticut, in the first season under Coach Kevin Ollie, in the first year after sanctions banned the team from the NCAA tournament, has won the national championship. Behind 22 points from Shabazz Napier, 14 points from Ryan Boatright and 10 points from Niels Giffey, the Wildcats topped freshmen-laden Kentucky, 60-54.

There was no need for the Aaron Harrison magic. Kentucky’s last-ditch effort fizzled, leaving Connecticut to dribble out the clock and begin the celebration.

For the Wildcats, James Young finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Julius Randle scored 10. No other player had more than eight.

This marks Connecticut’s fourth national title in the past 15 seasons. Tomorrow, its women’s team goes for the double dip, which also happened in 2004.

“I told you,” Napier said.

(GIF via BuzzFeed Sports)

Tattoo guy's in trouble

UConn leads by four with just under a minute left and this might be itching badly.

Connecticut up six with 1:49 left

The Huskies just had to jack up an off-balance shot late in the shot clock but luckily got the rebound, so Coach Kevin Ollie called a timeout to settle things. They still lead 58-52 with 1:49 left and have been tremendous from the free-throw line in late-game situations during the NCAA tournament.

Free throws an issue for the Wildcats

Kentucky has made 13 of 24 free throws (54.2 percent). Kentucky is behind 56-52.

Fast forward until Aaron Harrison time?

Connecticut has led wire to wire, and yet Kentucky continues to hang around, unable to get over the hump until, everyone assumes, it becomes Aaron Harrison time. If you recall, Harrison hit the game-winner against Wisconsin in the Final Four. And Michigan in the Elite Eight. And Louisville in the Sweet 16.

Here’s the WaPo’s Liz Clarke on his heroics:

There are numerous ways to distinguish one basketball player’s skills from another’s — height, heft, quickness and game smarts among them. But some, like Aaron Harrison, appear blessed with a passion, if not an all-consuming compulsion, for taking the shots with the absolute highest stakes.

Michael Jordan had it, to be sure, and in the last three rounds of the NCAA tournament, 19-year-old Aaron Harrison served notice he has it, too — that mysterious facet of his competitive DNA that Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker characterized as “that clutch gene.”

“The biggest thing is he’s not afraid to miss,” Kentucky Coach John Calipari said Sunday when asked about Aaron Harrison’s game-winners against Louisville, Michigan and now Wisconsin. “If you’re going to make those kind of shots, you absolutely cannot be afraid to miss them.”

Aaron Harrison currently only has seven points and has hit 1 of 4 three-pointers. But the game will still probably come down to him. Unless it comes down to Shabazz Napier. He’s hit a few buzzer-beaters in his lifetime too.

Attendance sets new title game record

The reported attendance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas tonight is 79,238, a new national title game record.

Foul update: Connecticut's bigs in trouble

A quick foul trouble update for both sides:

Connecticut: Amida Brimah (four), Phillip Nolan (four), DeAndre Daniels (three).

Kentucky: Alex Poythress (three).

Ryan Boatright stays on the floor

Ryan Boatright tweaks left ankle

Cutting to a pass from teammate Shabazz Napier, Connecticut guard and defensive standout Ryan Boatright rolled his left ankle, bending it inwards. He was forced to call timeout and limped towards the huddle, with the Huskies ahead 48-45. His loss, even for a short period, would be a big blow for Connecticut; Boatright has 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals on Monday night.

James Young does an amazing thing

Few words can describe what James Young did to Amida Brimah. In a quantifiable way, he sent the Connecticut center to the bench with his fourth foul. In a more intangible, hyperbolic way, Young destroyed him.

Just past the midway point in the second half, Connecticut leads 48-43.

(Matthew Emmons / USA Today)

(Matthew Emmons / USA Today)

(GIF via BuzzFeed Sports)

Scoring drought early in the second half

At intermission, Connecticut was ahead 35-31. Eight minutes into the second half, Connecticut is up 41-39. Neither team is shooting better than 40 percent for the game.

"One Shining Moment" rules must be obeyed.

There are rules for “One Shining Moment.” Do not think for a moment that CBS and the NCAA, which does not allow reporters in the media section to use cups that do not bear the sacred logo, would overlook the playing of The Song.

Kentucky cuts Connecticut's lead to one

A sloppy pass here, a couple blocked shots there, and suddenly Kentucky is on the brink of overtaking the lead, heading into the first media timeout of the second half behind only 37-36. The Wildcats have forced several long perimeter attempts from the Huskies, who are 3 for 13 from beyond the arc.

LeBron James on Shabazz Napier

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 07: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies and Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats battle for a loose ball during the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Shabazz Napier and Julius Randle (right) battle for a loose ball. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

LeBron James likes what he sees from UConn senior Shabazz Napier so far and he’s already thinking about the NBA draft.

Connecticut has foul trouble. Kentucky does not.

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81 - 77
Final
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Robert Morris vs. North Florida
81 - 77
Final
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Team 1 2 Total
RMOR 29 52 81
NOFLA 35 42 77
Recent updates
0:00 End of the Game
0:00 End of the 2nd Half
0:01 Lucky Jones makes free throw 2 of 2.
0:01 Colonials with an offensive rebound.
0:01 Lucky Jones misses free throw 1 of 2.
Stat leaders
Robert Morris
Pts Jones 21
Reb Minnie 10
Ast Stewart 6
North Florida
Pts Beech 28
Reb Nesbitt 9
Ast Moore 5
Colonials
Ospreys
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
R. Pryor 35 8-17 20 3 1
E. Minnie 27 3-7 12 10 1
M. Reed 31 9-17 19 1 2
A. Tate 29 0-3 0 6 0
K. Stewart 34 1-5 7 1 6
A. Freder... 11 1-2 2 1 0
L. Gomis 2 0-0 0 0 0
L. Jones 31 6-11 21 7 1
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
C. Davenp... 31 1-3 4 6 3
R. Banks 4 1-1 3 2 0
D. Moore 37 4-15 13 8 5
J. Nesbitt 37 4-6 14 9 3
B. Beech 33 9-14 28 7 1
D. Wilson 4 1-1 2 0 0
D. Daniels 30 4-8 8 7 0
T. Mackey 24 1-4 5 2 3
Arizona State vs. Connecticut
68 - 61
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Team 1 2 Total
ARIST 37 31 68
UCONN 24 37 61
Recent updates
0:00 End of the Game
0:00 End of the 2nd Half
0:10 Substitution: Bo Barnes in for Savon Goodman.
0:10 Substitution: Jonathan Gilling in for Eric Jacobsen.
0:10 Sun Devils take a full timeout.
Stat leaders
Arizona State
Pts McKissic 22
Reb Goodman 9
Ast Holder 4
Connecticut
Pts Purvis 19
Reb Hamilton 7
Ast Samuel 6
Sun Devils
Huskies
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
T. Holder 35 2-9 4 4 4
G. Blakes 36 4-8 10 5 1
S. McKiss... 37 8-14 22 5 1
S. Goodman 35 6-10 14 9 2
E. Jacobs... 39 5-6 12 1 0
C. Murray 6 0-1 0 2 0
J. Gilling 6 1-2 3 1 2
B. Barnes 6 1-2 3 2 0
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
D. Hamilt... 34 7-14 16 7 3
T. Samuel 35 4-5 10 4 6
A. Brimah 19 0-3 0 0 0
P. Nolan 32 4-9 8 3 0
R. Purvis 39 8-18 19 4 3
R. Lubin 5 0-1 0 1 0
K. Facey 10 1-1 2 2 0
O. Calhoun 18 2-6 6 1 1
D. Guest 8 0-0 0 1 1
Kent State vs. Middle Tennessee
68 - 56
Final
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Team 1 2 Total
KENTST 40 28 68
MIDDTN 29 27 56
Recent updates
0:00 End of the Game
0:00 End of the 2nd Half
0:33 Marcus Tarrance makes a 3-point jump shot from 22 feet out.
0:48 Derek Jackson misses a 3-point jump shot from 24 feet out.
1:21 Devareaux Manley misses a jump shot from 14 feet out.
Stat leaders
Kent State
Pts Hall 20
Reb Hall 8
Ast Brewer 6
Middle Tennessee
Pts 2 tied 10
Reb 2 tied 8
Ast Upshaw... 3
Golden Flashes
Blue Raiders
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
K. Spicer 21 1-3 3 7 0
C. Ortiz 21 0-1 0 2 0
J. Hall 29 9-14 20 8 1
D. Manley 31 2-8 7 3 0
D. Jackson 35 6-14 16 3 3
R. Davis 5 2-5 4 2 0
G. Akbar 20 1-2 4 3 0
C. Brown 10 1-2 2 1 1
K. Brewer 28 3-8 12 3 6
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
G. Potts 16 1-3 3 0 1
P. Buford 25 4-7 10 6 0
R. Upshaw... 27 2-8 5 8 3
J. Rozier 27 3-8 10 8 1
J. Raymond 32 2-5 6 1 1
E. Simpso... 13 0-2 1 0 0
D. Jones 21 1-5 6 5 0
D. Harris 18 2-4 7 2 1
M. Tarran... 17 2-3 6 0 0
J. Philli... 4 0-2 2 2 0
Bucknell vs. Temple
67 - 73
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Team 1 2 Total
BUCK 35 32 67
TEMPLE 35 38 73
Recent updates
0:00 End of the Game
0:00 End of the 2nd Half
0:10 Josh Brown with a defensive rebound.
0:10 Zach Thomas misses a 3-point jump shot from 25 feet out.
0:10 Jesse Morgan makes free throw 2 of 2.
Stat leaders
Bucknell
Pts Hass 15
Reb Foulland 10
Ast Kaspar 6
Temple
Pts Cummings 30
Reb Watson 8
Ast DeCosey 5
Bison
Owls
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
Z. Thomas 18 0-7 2 4 2
N. Foulla... 29 7-11 14 10 1
S. Brown 10 0-4 0 3 1
C. Hass 31 6-14 15 3 1
R. Frazier 27 3-8 10 2 2
J. Show 18 5-14 13 3 0
B. Oberfe... 10 0-2 2 6 0
J. Azzina... 12 0-3 3 1 1
C. Starkey 22 1-4 3 8 1
S. Kaspar 23 2-4 5 3 6
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
D. Watson 16 1-2 3 8 0
Q. DeCosey 30 4-13 13 7 5
J. Bond 24 1-5 2 5 0
W. Cummin... 32 9-14 30 7 1
J. Morgan 28 2-10 6 2 1
O. Enechi... 21 1-1 5 4 0
M. Willia... 8 1-1 2 0 0
J. Brown 23 4-8 11 3 2
D. Dingle 6 0-1 0 0 0
D. Coleman 12 0-4 1 1 1
Maryland Eastern Shore vs. High Point
64 - 70
Final
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Team 1 2 Total
MD-ES 32 32 64
HIGHPT 31 39 70
Recent updates
0:00 End of the Game
0:00 End of the 2nd Half
0:01 Haiishen McIntyre makes free throw 2 of 2.
0:01 Haiishen McIntyre makes free throw 1 of 2.
0:01 Personal foul committed by Ishaq Pitt.
Stat leaders
Maryland Eastern Shore
Pts 2 tied 13
Reb Pitt 8
Ast Pitt 3
High Point
Pts Brown 23
Reb Cugini 9
Ast 5 tied 2
Hawks
Panthers
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
D. Martin 31 6-12 13 4 0
M. Myers 19 6-8 13 3 1
S. Randall 8 0-2 0 1 1
D. Walker 25 2-7 6 3 1
I. Pitt 29 3-8 10 8 3
D. Elliott 17 2-4 6 3 2
S. Spurlo... 3 0-0 0 0 0
R. Andino 15 1-5 3 1 2
M. Blackm... 12 1-3 3 2 0
I. Johnson 22 3-6 8 6 2
T. Trim 18 1-3 2 4 0
I. Smith 1 0-0 0 0 0
Player stats
Player Min FG Pts Reb Ast
A. Weary 24 2-6 4 1 2
L. Cugini 33 3-4 10 9 2
H. McInty... 26 0-4 7 2 1
J. Brown 30 6-13 23 7 0
B. Richar... 14 1-3 2 1 0
K. James 4 0-0 0 1 0
D. Barber 12 0-0 0 1 2
A. White 1 0-1 0 0 0
A. Lindau... 15 1-5 2 1 2
J. Perez-... 2 0-0 0 0 1
T. Thomps... 13 1-3 3 1 0
D. Wallace 26 6-10 19 5 2
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