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On this date in tournament history: Shabazz Napier helps UConn win it all

On this date in tournament history: Shabazz Napier helps UConn win it all

And then there were two.

The 2014 UConn Huskies were one win away from their third national championship in 10 years. Emeka Okafor helped bring one home in 2004. Kemba Walker surged past his competition to win it all in 2011, and now all that stood in UConn's way were the Kentucky Wildcats.

Jim Calhoun was no longer leading the charge. There weren't bonafide stars on the 2014 squad. Outside of Shabazz Napier, no other player on the roster would spend significant time in the NBA.

Okafor had a surrounding cast featuring Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Walker had Jeremy Lamb. If Napier didn't lead the way against the Wildcats, they were going to get run out of the gym.

Luckily for coach Kevin Ollie, Napier came to play.

The Huskies' star came out of the gate blazing.

In a relatively low-scoring first half, Napier led the way with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting to help UConn head into the halftime break with a  35-31 lead over Julius Randle's (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) Kentucky squad.

Kentucky guard James Young (20 points) helped trim the deficit to one after knocking down both free throws with 8:13 to play in regulation, but the Huskies would not yield the lead.

UConn finished the game on an 11-5 run to secure the victory, winning its third national championship in 10 years.

Napier carried the Huskies, leading the team in points (22) and rebounds (6) to take down an impressive Kentucky squad.

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Maryland football coach Mike Locksley releases statement on George Floyd's death

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Maryland football coach Mike Locksley releases statement on George Floyd's death

Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley released a statement on social media following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes. His death has sparked civil unrest and protests in Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York City, Richmond, Va. and several other cities across the country. 

The statement read:

I've been truly struggling attempting to grasp the events of the past few days. My heart goes out to George Floyd and his family. As a father and a coach of players for 30 years that look like George Floyd and myself, it breaks my heart to see this type of behavior continue to be accepted. Regardless of race and color, it's sad and scary to know that these type of events continue to happen in our communities. 

This type of senseless tragedy should never happen and cannot ever be normalized. I will continue to pray that none of my children or players - past, present or future - ever run into the type of injustice that we've seen this week. I sincerely hop ethat these tragedies make us all take some time to think about how we view and treat others. It's on all of us to CREATE CHANGE and DO THE RIGHT THING.

Several other athletes have used their platforms to address Floyd's death and the civil unrest that has followed. Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle released a statement on racism on Friday. Wizards star Bradley Beal sent a series of tweets to address some of the protests.

Patrick Mahomes celebrates Mac McClung picking his alma mater Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes celebrates Mac McClung picking his alma mater Texas Tech

Wednesday was a good day for Red Raider fans when Mac McClung announced his transfer commitment to Texas Tech

Even former alum and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes - who also was openly recruiting the star on Twitter - was excited about the big get. 

He was joined by fellow Texas Tech alum Jarrett Culver in sharing his excitement of getting the 6-foot-2 guard. Culver's style and skill set are very similar to McClung's. Under head coach Chris Beard, he helped transform the combo guard into a first-round NBA prospect.

Other professional athletes including Trae Young gave McClung their congratulations. 

As a late entry into the transfer portal, McClung was one of the biggest available players this offseason. While he is required to sit a season due to NCAA transfer rules, there is some buzz that he may get a waiver to compete next season in Lubbock. 

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