MCC Cheers As UCONN Wins Twice!
By Dan Schwager & Alvin Rodriguez
Live Wire Videographers
They say that sometimes history repeats itself, well for the University of Connecticut Huskies’ basketball program that happened.
On Monday April 7th,2014 UConn Men’s basketball team won their 4th NCAA basketball title at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas with a score of 60 to 54 over the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
A day later the Lady UConn Huskies won their 9th Women’s NCAA basketball championship in Nashville with a score of 79 to 58 over Notre Dame . This was the second time in history, that both a Men’s and Women’s basketball program at a single college has won their title in the same year, the last time was in 2004 by UConn.
Many Manchester Community College students tuned in to the final games, and some students even went down to take in the game at Gamble Pavilion with UConn community at their Storrs campus.
“It was great, I knew they were going to kill it,” said Ottavio Monarca a psychology major at MCC. “But I didn’t think it was going to be that great of a game. I thought we were going to smoke them, but we won! Who cares?”
Brian Bergen, a general studies major at MCC, took in the festivities at Gamble Pavilion after the National Championship Game.
“Oh it was crazy,” said Bergen. “There were people dancing up in the trees… My friend got a beer can to the face. Overall it was just plain crazy with people celebrating.”
One MCC student also put into perspective the career that Senior Shabazz Napier had on Storrs Campus, and mark he has left. Napier has won two National Championships now, joining only two others to accomplish this feat. The others also on his team, forwards Niels Giffey and Tyler Olander.
“[Napier] was like another Kemba [Walker] pretty much: an NBA prospect, stays all four-years, two National titles, loves the school, can’t ask more from a player [than] that,” said Sal Calafiore a marketing major.
Congratulations to the University of Connecticut Huskies, and congrats to Coach Geno Auriemma for an un-defeated season. And congratulations to Coach Kevin Ollie on an amazing debut in the tournament by winning the title in his first playoff berth.