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NCAA Championship 2014: Power Ranking the Top 5 Players

Power Ranking the Top 5 Players in the 2014 NCAA Championship

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We are down to the final two teams for the 2014 NCAA tournament. Connecticut and Kentucky have both gone on quite the run. Not many people -- if any -- expected these two teams to play for a championship, but that does not matter now. Both the Wildcats and Huskies have a bunch of talent. So, let’s take a look at the top five players in the championship game.

5. DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

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5. DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

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DeAndre Daniels? Yes, DeAndre Daniels. He has been awesome this tournament and he had another great performance against the Florida Gators by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards. Who knows how he will play against Kentucky’s talented frontcourt, though.

4. Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

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4. Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

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Aaron Harrison is the definition of clutch. He made the game-winning shot yet again. This time it came against Wisconsin. Harrison did not lead the Wildcats in scoring last game, but he made the biggest shot of his career. It seems like he does that every single game now.

3. Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

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3. Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

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Shabazz Napier is clearly a phenomenal player, but where would he be without Ryan Boatright in the backcourt with him? Boatright managed to score 13 points, six rebounds and three assists against Florida in the Final Four. Those are pretty solid numbers considering the Gators arguably had the best defense in the Big Dance.

2. Julius Randle, Kentucky

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2. Julius Randle, Kentucky

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Julius Randle finally didn’t record a double-double last game. He did score 16 points and grabbed five rebounds, though. Randle is the best player on the Kentucky Wildcats and that has been the case all season long. He is so powerful in the paint and will be very hard to cover in the championship game.

1. Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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1. Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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Shabazz Napier had his lowest scoring total of the tournament against the Gators with 12 points. He is still averaging 21 points per game in the dance, though. Napier has been one of the best players in college hoops the entire season and it should come at no surprise that he is the best player in the championship game.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.