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UConn wins national championship

A year ago, they weren't even eligible to compete in the NCAA tournament. On Monday night, the Connecticut Huskies won it -- the program's fourth national championship in just five Final Four appearances -- by beating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54. This impressive run capped off the career of star guard Shabazz Napier and marked the arrival of second-year head coach Kevin Ollie. Does this win make Connecticut a historically great program? How would you grade the tournament overall?

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  • Is Connecticut men's basketball (5 Final Fours, 4 championships) a historically great program?

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  • How would you sum up the 2014 national championship game?

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  • How do you feel about Connecticut winning the NCAA tournament?

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  • Which coach would you rather have?

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  • Where does Connecticut's 2014 national championship run rank among the most surprising of all time?

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  • What is Shabazz Napier's NBA future?

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  • How would you grade the 2014 NCAA tournament?

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Connecticut's men's basketball success doesn't stretch back too far. But its recent run is hard to match: four Final Fours and four national titles since 1999, with Monday night's 60-54 victory over Kentucky the latest to seal the trophy. Where does UConn rank among the greatest programs ever? What about those Wildcats? Click on the logos below to set your list!

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All-Time CBB Programs

Arizona

Arizona

4 Final Fours, 1 championship

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

6 Final Fours, 2 championships

Connecticut

Connecticut

5 Final Fours, 4 championships

Duke

Duke

15 Final Fours, 4 championships

Georgetown

Georgetown

5 Final Fours, 1 championship

Indiana

Indiana

8 Final Fours, 5 championships

Kansas

Kansas

14 Final Fours, 3 championships

Kentucky

Kentucky

16 Final Fours, 8 championships

Louisville

Louisville

10 Final Fours, 3 championships

Michigan

Michigan

7 Final Fours (2 vacated), 1 championship

Michigan State

Michigan State

8 Final Fours, 2 championships

North Carolina

North Carolina

18 Final Fours, 5 championships

Ohio State

Ohio State

11 Final Fours (1 vacated), 1 championship

Syracuse

Syracuse

5 Final Fours, 1 championships

UCLA

UCLA

18 Final Fours (1 vacated), 11 championships

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The title match is set in the 2014 NCAA tournament, with the Connecticut Huskies taking on the Kentucky Wildcats. The big-name players have stepped up for both teams, with Shabazz Napier and Julius Randle putting up big numbers for their respective squads throughout the tournament. Who is the best player in the title matchup?

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Final Four Players

Ryan Boatright

Ryan Boatright

Jr., G, Connecticut
12.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.4 APG

DeAndre Daniels

DeAndre Daniels

Jr., F, Connecticut
13.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG

Niels Giffey

Niels Giffey

Sr., G-F, Connecticut
8.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG

Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison

Fr., G, Kentucky
14.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.9 APG

Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

Fr., G, Kentucky
11.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.9 APG

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier

Sr., G, Connecticut
18.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.9 APG

Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Fr., F, Kentucky
15.1 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.4 APG

James Young

James Young

Fr., G-F, Kentucky
14.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.7 APG

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Connecticut Huskies making the NCAA tournament Final FourRobert Deutsch/USA TODAY SportsUConn celebrated reaching the Final Four, but apologized for busting Barack Obama's bracket.

President Barack Obama, like a decent portion of SportsNation, pegged the Michigan State Spartans to overcome their No. 4 seed and win the 2014 NCAA tournament. The seventh-seeded Connecticut Huskies, however, had other ideas, holding off Sparty 60-54 on Sunday to reach the Final Four. And while their players and fans celebrated wildly, their official Twitter account didn't forget the Commander-in-Chief's pick:



What about you? Do the Huskies owe you an apology, too? Or another team?

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Just four teams remain in the NCAA tournament, but plenty of talented players will suit up in the Dallas area for next week's Final Four. How does Kentucky's set of freshman phenoms stack up against Florida's stellar seniors? Is Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky better than UConn's Shabazz Napier? Click on the images below to rank the Final Four players!

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Final Four Players

Ryan Boatright

Ryan Boatright

Jr., G, Connecticut
12.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.4 APG

Ben Brust

Ben Brust

Sr., G, Wisconsin
12.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.4 APG

DeAndre Daniels

DeAndre Daniels

Jr., F, Connecticut
13.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG

Sam Dekker

Sam Dekker

So., F, Wisconsin
12.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.4 APG

Michael Frazier II

Michael Frazier II

So., G, Florida
12.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG

Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison

Fr., G, Kentucky
14.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.9 APG

Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

Fr., G, Kentucky
11.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.9 APG

Traevon Jackson

Traevon Jackson

Jr., G, Wisconsin
10.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.0 APG

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Jr., F, Wisconsin
14.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.3 APG

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier

Sr., G, Connecticut
17.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.9 APG

Casey Prather

Casey Prather

Sr., F, Florida
13.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.6 APG

Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Fr., F, Kentucky
15.1 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.4 APG

Scottie Wilbekin

Scottie Wilbekin

Sr., G, Florida
13.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.7 APG

James Young

James Young

Fr., G-F, Kentucky
14.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.7 APG

Patric Young

Patric Young

Sr., C, Florida
10.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG

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