By Jacob Kornhauser on April 8, 2014
After pulling off the most unlikely run in college basketball tournament history, Connecticut can celebrate. There are several reasons why they pulled off this insanely unrealistic run, but there are five that are more important than the rest. These are the most important reasons why UConn cut down the nets.
Sometimes, a near-death experience is all it takes to make you appreciate life. In basketball terms, that's what UConn got in the tournament this season. The Huskies almost lost to St. Joseph's in the first round of the tournament, but they survived in overtime and that propelled them to their magical run.
Always called UConn's X-factor, Daniels really stepped up during the tournament. He improved his outside shooting, played solid defense and was a beast on the boards. Daniels ended up being the perfect complement to Napier and Boatright, and was a key to the championship run.
Remember back in pee wee and high school when your coach would ask, "Who wants it more?". Well, the answer to that question in this tournament was UConn. It was evident from the get-go that the players on this team had a greater desire than any other team, and that went a long way in winning them a championship.
Everyone knows about the star guard combo of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, but likely didn't realize quite how good they really were. Out of the national spotlight after getting a postseason ban, the Huskies and their guards flew under the radar. Everybody in the country knows their names now after they cut down the nets.
Outside of the Florida Gators, who the Huskies knocked off in the Final Four, there wasn't another team that even approached the Huskies' defensive intensity this tournament. They went right at opposing offenses, forced turnovers and created fast-break points on the other end. At the end of the day, that's the reason why they won six games in a row and were crowned college basketball's national champions.
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