Men beat Kentucky to win NCAA championship
10:03 am
Tue April 8, 2014

UConn! UConn! UConn!

Connecticut players celebrate after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Connecticut players celebrate after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
Credit AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

The University of Connecticut men's basketball team defeated the University of Kentucky 60-54 on Monday night to win their fourth NCAA championship.

UConn guard Shabazz Napier was selected as the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four after getting 22 points and six rebounds in the championship game.
 
 The Huskies' steely point guard outshined Kentucky's freshmen phenoms in the win. Napier and fellow backcourt mate Ryan Boatright controlled the tempo
and together outscored Wildcats twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison 36-15.
 
 Napier as a freshman won a national title on UConn's 2011 team led by another
star guard in Kemba Walker.

Back at the school's campus in Storrs, thousands of jubilant students celebrated the win.


Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) passes around Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) to center Amida Brimah (35) as guard James Young (1) helps during the first half of the NCAA championship game.
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) passes around Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) to center Amida Brimah (35) as guard James Young (1) helps during the first half of the NCAA championship game.
Credit AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool

Millions of people around the country watched the UConn men's basketball team win their second championship in four years.


Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie, right, kisses guard Shabazz Napier on the cheek after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.
Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie, right, kisses guard Shabazz Napier on the cheek after their 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.
Credit AP Photo/David J. Phillip

After the game, Head Coach Kevin Ollie thanked his players, or student athletes, for staying loyal to the program amid a one year suspension from the NCAA tournament for academic violations.

The term student athlete has gotten a lot of attention after a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that football players at Northwestern University, a private school, should be able to form a union.

Those looking to do so at Connecticut state colleges and universities may face obstacles in doing so.