All tournament team
Shabazz Napier - U Conn MOP
Julius Randle - Kentucky
DeAndre Daniels - U Conn
James Young - Kentucky
Ryan Boatright - U Conn
The Commissioner's Cup was officially passed from defending champion Ralph Trevino to members of the SID team. (from left to right, SID John Logan, SID Bill Starkweather, SID Don Owens, Ralph Trevino) missing is SID Drew Logan
Wrapping up the tournament:
After a couple of Final 4 games on Saturday night that were nail biters, especially the Kentucky / Wisconsin game won by a 25 foot bomb, the Monday final game was a little anticlimatic. When we were talking before the game started, everybody had Kentucky winning the game. Who wouldn't project that from these kids who had just marched through the tough Midwest region defeating # 1 Wichita State by a buzzer beater, # 4 Louisville by 5 points then # 2 Michigan by 3 points. Then they dispatched # 2 WIsconsin in the Final Four with another last second shot. The talk around town was that they were too big and too physical for U Conn.
Connecticut had other plans with their upper class lineup. They didn't play afraid and actually the Connecticut guard tandem of Napier and Boatright were too much for the young Harrison twins who were constantly being harassed into turnovers and bad decisions. This was totally different than what Florida did with Kentucky in the Saturday night Final 4 game. Florida, another veteran team, folded like a house of cards against the pups from Kentucky.
The 2014 All tournament team was comprised of Kentucky's Julius Randle & James Young and from Connecticut, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels & Shabazz Napier MOP.
I thought this 2014 tournament was as good as it gets. It's no wonder that the 3 week period in late March into early April catches so much attention. Every year we talk about how great the tournament was after conclusion and really this year was no exception. Although the tournament champion Connecticut Huskies were a 7 seed, they've won the NCAA tournament 4 times in the past 15 years. Evidently they were also playing with a chip on their shoulder having being banned from the tournament in 2013. I thought it was big of Shabazz Napier to make those comments in the post game interview, he stuck it to the idiots from the NCAA infractions committee.
Some random things coming out of this tournament.........
All of the scoring has been rechecked and I only found 2 small 2 point corrections..
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