Final Four 2014: A year after being banned from post season play the Connecticut Huskies are making their presence felt during the Big Dance this year.
Many analysts and fans across the nation had the Michigan State Spartans pegged to win it all this season, but thanks to the Connecticut Huskies the Dance has ended two games too early for Tom Izzo and his team. After the Spartans took a four point lead in to the half the Huskies came out determined to make it back to the Final Four for this first time since they last won the title in 2011.
Michigan State pulled out to a nine-point lead early in the second half after Adreian Payne’s jumper just three and a half minutes in–but than Shabazz Napier and his teammates began to take over. A 12-0 run gave UConn the lead with just under 12 minutes to play and the Huskies never looked back.
Connecticut continued to pour it on, but the Spartans were far from down. With less than seven minutes to play and down by 10 (49-39) Michigan State went on a run of their own outscoring the Huskies 12-4 to cut the deficit to just two, 53-51, with 57 seconds to play.
With the game on the line the Huskies did what they needed to do to win hitting five free throws and a dunk to close out the game. Michigan State hit one three pointer in the final minute to make the final score 60-54.
To make it to the National Championship game the Huskies will have the unenviable task of having to beat the No. 1 seed in the Tournament, the Florida Gators.