Buzz That Was: Making a statement
In case you were too busy preparing for tonight's epic battle between UConn and Notre Dame and missed out on Monday's basketball action, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed from the men's national championship game.
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The UConn Huskies held off the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 to win their fourth NCAA title on Monday night. Led by Shabazz Napier's 22 points and Kentucky's inability to hit a free throw, the seventh-seeded Huskies became the highest seed to win the NCAA tournament since Villanova in 1985. Let's take a look at some of the moments from after the team's win. And then jump up and down in disbelief (again) for the next 15 minutes or so.
Happiness for UConn pic.twitter.com/K3ThdfbA8A- Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 8, 2014
Kevin Ollie's good with you calling him a National Champion. But don't call him a Cinderella. pic.twitter.com/orPQ8McuQC- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 8, 2014
Just one year removed from a postseason ban, the Huskies never trailed in the final and jumped out to a 15-point lead in the first half. They managed to stave off multiple rally attempts from the Wildcats to ultimately hoist the trophy and secure a place in college basketball lore.
Napier was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player and the voting committee was surely thrilled with its decision when he made the NCAA his Michael Crabtree during his interview with CBS's Jim Nantz.
I for one can't WAIT for this to be turned into an Auto-Tuned Internet classic.
Taking it to the streets
After the win, the UConn student body was ready to celebrate, so they channeled their inner-Annie Walker and took to the campus streets.
It seemingly started off innocently enough, with a DJ playing music as the students chanted and cheered. But then, things got out of hand because, college. Within moments, fires were being set in the streets, lampposts were being ripped out of the ground, cars were being flipped and buildings were being broken into.
Champions or nah? pic.twitter.com/J17F14NO84- Alyssa Gardea (@alyssagardea22) April 8, 2014
Nothing says celebrating your school's huge win quite like calling your parents from a jail cell asking for bail money! I am terrified to think what might happen to this campus if the UConn women win the title tonight.
Sure, Kentucky lost the game, but James Young still found a way to leave Texas a winner. During the second half, the freshman dunked over all 7 feet of Amida Brimah and caused jaws to drop across the country. This one needs to be seen to be believed.
I have now seen this play approximately 700 times and I still yell "OHHHH!" every time.
Jerry and friends
How did Jerry Jones watch the national championship? Oh, you know, just by sitting with two former presidents in his luxury box. NO BIG DEAL. The trio was also joined by Tony Romo, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray, Jason Garrett, Laura Bush, the dude that founded Papa John's and likely every other random celebrity you can think of. It was basically the NCAA tournament edition of Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie.
OF COURSE Tony Romo would mess up this picture... pic.twitter.com/gEtHqeKWEj- SportsNation (@SportsNation) April 8, 2014
I dare you to come up with a joke about Romo being at a championship game that hasn't already been said on Twitter 40 times.
For some reason, Drake's presidential suite invitation must have gotten lost in the mail. The rapper and noted Kentucky fan was forced to sit among the common folks, or at least the common folks who could afford four-figure courtside tickets. When it was all over, he looked all like "started from the bottom, now I need to pick a new team to jump on the bandwagon for" as he rushed to find his new BFF Kevin Ollie.
Drake's about to go home and write a breakup album about Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/o8s5tvgsFO- Sports Comedy (@SportsComedy_) April 8, 2014
Take the shirt off his back
Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein was forced to miss the game due to an ankle injury, but he still found a way to ensure he would be a major talking point on Monday night. Warning: You cannot unsee what I am about to show you.
Sweet shirt, bro. pic.twitter.com/OEyLfjKseP- SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) April 8, 2014
The shirt, which is reportedly made by actual-respected fashion designer Ralph Lauren and might have been stolen from your grandmother's kitchen table, immediately spawned more Photoshop jobs than you could dream of.
Somewhere out there, Russell Westbrook is firing his stylist for not finding that shirt first.
Last laugh for Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker, the Shabazz Napier of the 2011 national champion UConn squad, was so confident in his former team that he put a friendly wager on the game with his Charlotte Bobcats teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. After the Huskies' win, Kidd-Gilchrist -- a former Kentucky star -- donned a UConn T-shirt and -- GASP -- posed for an Instagram photo. Perhaps because of Walker's sheer delight or the look of total disgust on Kidd-Gilchrist's face, the picture almost immediately went viral.
Of course the only sure-fire way to know the men's college basketball season is officially over is the "One Shining Moment" video montage. Complete with tears, dunks and Nae Nae dance moves, the 2014 edition does not disappoint. Take it away, Luther!
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