On this edition of Today In Sports History, its all about cutting down the nets BABYYYY! Unfortunately this year we missed out on all of the awesome NCAA March Madness games and did not get to see who would take home National Championships. So today is a perfect day to relive some of those great moments we missed out on. I will be covering 4 different NCAA National Championship games across men's and women's college hoops that happened on this day in history. Without further ado let's get into the action.
April 7, 2003: 65th NCAA Men's National Championship
A freshman Carmelo Anthony leads the Syracuse Orangemen to their first National Championship title victory by beating the Kansas Jayhawks 81-78. Carmelo Anthony would win the tournament Most Outstanding Player award.
April 7, 2008: 70th NCAA Men's National Championship
Mario Chalmers and the Kansas Jayhawks come from behind in thrilling fashion to defeat Derrick Rose and the Memphis Tigers 75-68 in overtime. Mario Chalmers would go on to win the tournament Most Outstanding Player award with his clutch three pointer to send the game into overtime. Fun fact: this tournament marked the first time where all of the top 4 seeds advanced to the Final Four.
April 7, 2014: 76th NCAA Men's National Championship
Boston native, Shabazz Napier leads the seventh-seeded UCONN Huskies on a historic run through the tournament and a National Championship title with a 60-54 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. Shabazz would go on to win the tournament Most Outstanding Player award. Fun Fact: the women's UCONN Lady Huskies basketball team also won the National Championship that year which marked just the second time in history that a school won both men's and women's division one national titles in the same year.
April 7, 2019: 38th NCAA Women's National Championship
Chloe Jackson leads the Baylor Lady Bears to a National Championship victory over the Notre Dame Lady Fighting Irish in a tight game, winning 82-81. Chloe Jackson was named the Most Outstanding Player in this game with a team high 26 points.
There you have it. Hope you enjoyed those moments in National Championship history! Until next time....