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prada eyeglasses outlet Almost exactly three years ago, No. 3 seed UConn knocked off upstart No. 8 seed Butler to claim the school's third national title. Shabazz Napier was a freshman at the time, backing up future NBA star Kemba Walker and averaging just 7.8 points per game.Going up against a formidable Kentucky Wildcats team Monday night, Napier, now a senior, had one last chance to shine in the collegiate spotlight. And, boy, he didn't forget it. Behind Napier's 22 points and six rebounds, UConn took home its fourth national title in the past 15 years.Unlike that 2011 title game, this was a hard-fought, tightly contested battle. While Kentucky never led at any point in the game, it consistently threatened UConn and made it -- while not necessarily a game for the ages -- a great 40 minutes of basketball. Sticking to the same formula as they have all season long, the Huskies utilized lockdown defense and the perimeter play of Napier and backcourt mate Ryan Boatright to outlast the Wildcats.It's been a busy 18 months for the Huskies: They were banned from last season's March Madness thanks to poor academic performance, saw five key players bolt for the NBA or other schools, said goodbye to longtime coach Jim Calhoun and hello to newbie Kevin Ollie, left the Big East and joined the new American Athletic Conference. Now, add one final addendum to that list: won a championship.Here's a look at how the Huskies claimed another title Monday:Most Valuable PlayerWho else but Napier? The Huskies star sank three 3-pointers in the first half, leading the charge with 15 points before intermission to help UConn carry a 35-31 lead into the locker room. He wasn't as much of an offensive force in the second half, collecting just seven points and going scoreless for the final 6:54, but it was the understated aspects of his game that stood out: the crafty steals, the key rebounds and the game-breaking assists. The Final Four's Most Outstanding Playerfinished with agame-high 22 points, bringing his tournament average to 21 points per game.Least Valuable PlayerJust about every Wildcat who stepped to the free-throw line. It wasn't a late miss that doomed them, nor was it a missed defensive rebound. In the end, it was the squandered opportunities at the free-throw line, where the Wildcats shot a putrid 13-for-24, that will haunt Coach John Calipari. Leading the free-throw free fall was guard Aaron Harrison, who was just 1-for-5 from the line. In a game that could have been decided by two possessions in the final minute, Kentucky's startling inability to connect from the charity stripe helped UConn tame the Wildcats. Kudos to James Young, though, who shot 8-for-9 from the stripe. Too bad his teammates couldn't hold their own.Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, shoots over Kentucky forward Julius Randle during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)X-FactorRyan Boatright. It was actually Boatright -- not Napier -- who keyed the early UConn run. While Napier didn't score in the opening five minutes, Boatright cut to the rim early and often on his way to six quick points and a 17-8 UConn lead midway through the first half. As the game wore on, Boatright made his presence felt on the defensive end, pressuring Andrew Harrison into four turnovers and a scoreless second half. He doesn't get the recognition that Napier does, but Boatright was just as important to his team Monday.Play of the GameBackup guard Lasan Kromah's huge offensive rebound off of a Niels Giffey miss with 1:55 left is perhaps the most important, albeit unheralded, play of the game. Let the Wildcats grab that board and the Huskies could potentially have been looking at a one-point game with plenty of time for the Wildcats to pull off another miracle finish. Instead, UConn maintained possession, managed to shave an extra 30 seconds off the clock and forced Kentucky into quick, sloppy possessions.Biggest MistakeNot quite sure why Aaron Harrison fouled Napier with 54 seconds left on the clock. The Wildcats essentially gave the Huskies a free re-set opportunity, which they used to deftly snip off more time. By the time Kentucky fouled again, there were only 25 seconds to go. It's never a good idea to give your opponent time to game plan, and Harrison did just that by stopping the clock with his boneheaded foul.
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