Last night, it was the UConn Huskies‘ “One Shining Moment”. The improbable happened as the #7 seeded, Kevin Ollie-coached squad completed their upset run to the title with a 60-54 victory over a Kentucky team predicted to have as many as 6 players drafted in the NBA. I got swept up into rooting for this team because of its toughness starting from the top — the stoic, well-spoken, and NBA journeyman Kevin Ollie. The former point guard spread his poise to the team’s elite, yet small and overlooked backcourt Shabazz Napier (whose Kemba Walker-esque run earned him Most Outstanding Player) and Ryan Boatwright.
I could go on, but I’ll let the amazing photos and GIFs do the rest of the talking. I saw many of these on SportsCenter or on the internet last night and it had a chief role in dedicating the time to make this post. That, and the Drake trolling (which is the icing on the cake at the bottom). And of course… ICYMI, watch the always heartwarming “One Shining Moment” 2014 Tournament recap above.
Shabazz gets emotional watching “One Shining Moment”, Kevin Ollie kisses him