By Devin Golston
While anything can happen on any given night, millions of people around the world watched the college basketball championship game Monday night as No.7 Uconn played No. 8 Kentucky in a thrilling battle in which Uconn ultimately won 60-54.
The Huskies were coming off a one-year NCAA post-season ban prior to this year’s tournament. As a result of the ban, Uconn was not able to participate in the NCAA tournament for failure to reach the Academic Progress Rate benchmark as a team. Uconn was the only major Division 1 program to ever get a postseason APR ban.
Many of the players on this year’s team of who returned were penalized even though their GPA hit the standard. Due to the NCAA enforcement policy, it is impossible to penalize a program without penalizing the current players in the process. As a result of the process, the Huskies used the ban as motivation heading into the tournament.
Shabazz Napier who was named MVP of the game stated, “This is what happens when you ban us.” His teammate Ryan Boatright also said, “we had nothing to do with the sanctions last year and they punished us. Now we’ve come back and we punished them.” Although many feel Napier will declare for the upcoming NBA draft, the core of the team appears to be in place for 2015.