UConn, UK meet in unlikely title game
April, 6, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
For the first time ever, a 7-seed and 8-seed will meet in the national championship. It’s the highest combined seed total in a title game.
The Connecticut Huskies are the first 7-seed ever to reach the national championship.
The Kentucky Wildcats are the third 8-seed since the tournament expanded in 1985 to reach the title game (2011 Butler, 1985 Villanova).
Villanova is the only 7-seed or lower to win the national championship.
UConn defeated the Florida Gators to reach its fourth national championship, all since 1999.
UConn was led by DeAndre Daniels, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. He’s the first player with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a national semifinal win since Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony in 2003.
The loss was Florida’s second against UConn this season. The Gators are 0-2 against UConn and 36-1 against everyone else.
UConn is now 7-1 in Final Four games, the best win percentage for any team with at least three games in the Final Four.
Only one of UConn’s 14 made field goals in the second half came outside the paint.
Florida was outscored 9-0 in transition in the second half. The Gators didn’t have a single transition opportunity in the second half.
Florida had just three assists, the fewest by any team in a Final Four game since assists became official in 1983-84.
Scottie Wilbekin struggled when he was guarded by UConn’s starting backcourt. He was 0-for-5 on field goals when guarded by Ryan Boatright and turned it over on three of four plays when guarded by Shabazz Napier.
The Huskies were at their best with Terrence Samuel on the court. In 18 minutes with Samuel on the court, they outscored Florida by 15 points and had 11 more points than they had in 22 minutes with Samuel on the bench.
Kevin Ollie is the first coach to reach the national championship within his first two seasons as a Division I head coach since Indiana’s Mike Davis in 2002.
Kentucky defeated Wisconsin to reach its 12th national championship, tied with UCLA for the most all time (not including UCLA’s vacated appearance in 1980).
Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison made a game-winning 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, his third game-winning shot in the final minute in this NCAA tournament.
Aaron Harrison is 3-for-3 on game-tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final minute in the NCAA tournament after having zero such attempts in the regular season.
The Wildcats had 66 points from their freshmen, the most by a team’s freshmen in a Final Four game (Michigan had 61 in 1992).
John Calipari is now 18-2 in the NCAA tournament as Kentucky head coach.