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UConn’s championship journey — from APR hell to hoops heaven

Two years ago, Jim Calhoun was playing out this same scene, cutting down his own set of nets and giving Connecticut its third national title. Then he left the program in academic disrepair to go play golf and had former player turned assistant Kevin Ollie stick around to clean up the mess. Most programs don’t survive. But Connecticut was different.

Napier, UConn Top Kentucky

Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut got the best of Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament championship game on Monday night. It marks the fourth title for the Huskies in 15 years.

‘Amazing’ tourney down to fitting end

At this point, it seems to be a daily routine. Brush your teeth, eat lunch, get annoyed by bad drivers on the way to work, and, of course, watch Aaron Harrison hit a huge 3-pointer as Kentucky wins a thriller.

No frauds among Final Four

Cinderella stayed home. Forget that Kentucky is an 8 seed and Connecticut a 7. Of those teams that have advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, all are major programs and three have won multiple national championships.

Books go wild with improbable endings

In retrospect, some events are truly unbelievable, such as an airplane disappearing without a trace. It went against the odds, but Shabazz Napier knocking out Michigan State is not that hard to believe.