ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW/AP) — UConn has won all three times it has advanced to the championship game (vs Duke 1999, Georgia Tech 2004, Butler 2011) and Monday night the Huskies will get their fourth appearance in a national title game after eliminating No. 1 Florida.
Connecticut’s 2011 national championship has been characterized as a one-man effort by Kemba Walker. Good as he was, he still needed help from teammates like Jeremy Lamb, Alex Oriakhi and Shabazz Napier.
Now that it’s Napier’s turn, the same gotta-have-help method has applied — this time with DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright taking turns at the wheel.
Daniels had 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 10 rebounds, and Boatright finished with 13 points to help finish off Florida’s 30-game winning streak.
With Florida losing, 2014 is just the second time in the last eight years that the Championship game will not be with a No. 1 seed.
“We’ve been saying all year that we’ve got a complete team,” Boatright said. “It’s not a one-man team. It’s not a two-man team. We’ve got a complete team.”