NCAA Tournament 2014: UConn's Latest Win Makes Huskies National Title Favorites

By Jacob Kornhauser
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When everyone was filling out their brackets just a few weeks ago, very few had the UConn Huskies penciled in for the national championship game. Even though they were a No. 7 seed, more people should have seen this coming. They have one of the more dynamic backcourts in the nation with Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright leading the way. Both are excellent ball-handlers who can create their own shots. They’ve now put the entire country on notice.

After finishing the regular season at 26-8, the Huskies found themselves a lower seed than they are used to. However, after a postseason ban, they took it. Head coach Kevin Ollie has led this Huskies team against all odds and now fittingly, they’ve knocked off the top team in the country and ended the nation’s longest winning streak in the process.

Following their first round win against St. Joseph’s, the Huskies got hot and never looked back. Sometimes that’s all it takes in what they call “March Madness.” It has in fact been madness this March and now April. En route to the NCAA title game, the Huskies have now knocked off a No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 seed.

They’re battle tested, they’re explosive offensively and they’re dangerous. Adding to that list of descriptors, the Huskies are now just one win away from a national title. Make no mistake about it, the Huskies are now the favorites to win the national title. They have weathered the storm and are now playing more confidently than anybody has all season. They’ve been playing like they have nothing to lose. If they keep that mentality on Monday night, they won’t lose and they’ll be cutting down the nets as the 2014 national champions.

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