Last night, the Huskies cut down the nets in Dallas after beating Kentucky 60-54 to win the school’s fourth national championship. Consider that Kentucky needed four straight late escapes to reach the final and you get a sense for what kind of Tournament this was.
Shabazz Napier walked slowly through the hallway of the stadium — the tears still drying, the twine from the cut-down net still hanging around his neck.
We knew Tony Massarotti is not a fan of the state of Connecticut, but apparently that extends to their college basketball programs as well — especially their women’s team.
Joe Sullivan of the Boston Globe has been covering the NCAA tournament and he came on Toucher and Rich Monday morning to talk about the job of Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie and how UConn, led by Roxbury native Shabazz Napier, defied all odds to make the championship game.
The Huskies were punished for the mistakes made by players over the four previous years. While five players left the program, others remained loyal to UConn.
Wilt had some unbelievable games here. Ali and Frazier fought here. The players who will take the court at Madison Square Garden this weekend, though, don’t remember any of that. And yet they still regard the Garden as the World’s Most Famous Arena.
Assistant coach Kevin Ollie was expected to replace Calhoun, the person who spoke to the AP said. The school scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference “to address the future of the men’s basketball program.”