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UConn wins national championship

A year ago, they weren't even eligible to compete in the NCAA tournament. On Monday night, the Connecticut Huskies won it -- the program's fourth national championship in just five Final Four appearances -- by beating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54. This impressive run capped off the career of star guard Shabazz Napier and marked the arrival of second-year head coach Kevin Ollie. Does this win make Connecticut a historically great program? How would you grade the tournament overall?

More: Rank 'Em: All-time best college basketball programs

  • Is Connecticut men's basketball (5 Final Fours, 4 championships) a historically great program?

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  • How would you sum up the 2014 national championship game?

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  • How do you feel about Connecticut winning the NCAA tournament?

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  • Which coach would you rather have?

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  • Where does Connecticut's 2014 national championship run rank among the most surprising of all time?

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  • What is Shabazz Napier's NBA future?

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  • How would you grade the 2014 NCAA tournament?

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  • How would you grade your bracket?

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Connecticut's men's basketball success doesn't stretch back too far. But its recent run is hard to match: four Final Fours and four national titles since 1999, with Monday night's 60-54 victory over Kentucky the latest to seal the trophy. Where does UConn rank among the greatest programs ever? What about those Wildcats? Click on the logos below to set your list!

More: Your take on the NCAA tournament?

All-Time CBB Programs

Arizona

Arizona

4 Final Fours, 1 championship

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

6 Final Fours, 2 championships

Connecticut

Connecticut

5 Final Fours, 4 championships

Duke

Duke

15 Final Fours, 4 championships

Georgetown

Georgetown

5 Final Fours, 1 championship

Indiana

Indiana

8 Final Fours, 5 championships

Kansas

Kansas

14 Final Fours, 3 championships

Kentucky

Kentucky

16 Final Fours, 8 championships

Louisville

Louisville

10 Final Fours, 3 championships

Michigan

Michigan

7 Final Fours (2 vacated), 1 championship

Michigan State

Michigan State

8 Final Fours, 2 championships

North Carolina

North Carolina

18 Final Fours, 5 championships

Ohio State

Ohio State

11 Final Fours (1 vacated), 1 championship

Syracuse

Syracuse

5 Final Fours, 1 championships

UCLA

UCLA

18 Final Fours (1 vacated), 11 championships

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Manhattan to keep Masiello

Lying on his résumé cost Steve Masiello the chance to coach the South Florida men's basketball team, but won't cost him his old job at Manhattan. The school on Monday announced that Masiello can return to the Jaspers once he completes his undergraduate degree, which he falsely said he already earned at Kentucky. Masiello is 10 credits shy and will take classes during the next couple of months, according to sources. Associate head coach Matt Grady will take over in the interim. Do you agree with the decision?

  • Do you agree with Manhattan's decision to retain Steve Masiello?

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  • If you were a collegiate athlete, would you think less of your head coach if it came out that he/she lied on a résumé?

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  • If you were a Manhattan basketball player, which would bother you more about Steve Masiello?

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  • Have you ever lied about something on your résumé?

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NCAA championship game

Connecticut and Kentucky will face off in the 2014 NCAA tournament title game. Kentucky barely held off Wisconsin in a thrilling game that came down to the final shot, while Connecticut engineered a stunning comeback against Florida after falling behind by double-digits early in the first half. Both teams had low seeds entering the tournament, but they're no strangers to championship matches -- Connecticut won the tournament in 2011, while Kentucky did so in 2012. Which team will win it all?

More: Who is the best player in the championship matchup?

Which team will win the NCAA tournament?

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  • Which team are you rooting for to win the NCAA tournament?

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  • Which coach would you rather have?

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  • Which team's presence in the championship game is more surprising?

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  • What grade would you give the NCAA tournament so far?

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The title match is set in the 2014 NCAA tournament, with the Connecticut Huskies taking on the Kentucky Wildcats. The big-name players have stepped up for both teams, with Shabazz Napier and Julius Randle putting up big numbers for their respective squads throughout the tournament. Who is the best player in the title matchup?

More: Which team will win the NCAA tournament?

Final Four Players

Ryan Boatright

Ryan Boatright

Jr., G, Connecticut
12.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.4 APG

DeAndre Daniels

DeAndre Daniels

Jr., F, Connecticut
13.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG

Niels Giffey

Niels Giffey

Sr., G-F, Connecticut
8.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG

Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison

Fr., G, Kentucky
14.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.9 APG

Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

Fr., G, Kentucky
11.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.9 APG

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier

Sr., G, Connecticut
18.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.9 APG

Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Fr., F, Kentucky
15.1 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.4 APG

James Young

James Young

Fr., G-F, Kentucky
14.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.7 APG

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