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UConn riots after win over Kentucky (Pictures, Videos)

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The University of Connecticut has an undergraduate enrollment of around 17,000 people. After the men’s basketball team defeated Kentucky to win a national championship on Monday night, all 17,000 and then some flooded the streets of Storrs and wreaked havoc.

All of the standard riot behavior was covered. There were flipped cars, fires, dudes climbing light posts, and plenty of broken glass. Here are some photos and videos from the night of madness.

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UConn wins NCAA title, sets tournament record for free throws

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UConn was stellar from the free throw line in their National Championship Game win over Kentucky on Monday night, which followed a record-setting pattern established by the Huskies during their March Madness run.

UConn beat Kentucky 60-54 and went 10-of-10 on free throws in the game. Kentucky, on the other hand, was 13-of-24. The difference between the two teams’ success at the line could be the exact reason why UConn won while Kentucky lost.

But this is exactly what UConn has done all tournament.

The Huskies went 21-for-22 at the line in the regional final against Michigan State to earn a berth to the Final Four. They were 10-of-13 at the line in the Final Four against Florida to earn a trip to the championship game.

According to CBS Sports’ Tony Moss, UConn went 101-115 (87.8%) from the line during the tournament, which broke the record of 87.0% (47-54) by St. John’s in 1969.

Derek the UConn RA is officially America’s least favorite RA

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A lot of stuff is going to get broken when the final whistle sounds in the NCAA men’s national championship game on Monday night. Both UConn and Kentucky are massive universities that love their basketball, and we know what rowdy college kids do when their team wins or loses a huge game. One resident assistant from UConn is not going to have any of that nonsense in his house.

In anticipation of the big game, a UConn RA named Derek sent the letter you see above to the students who live on his floor telling them he is not going to tolerate any type of excessive celebrating. He also basically called everyone bandwagon fans and said the only reason they care about the game is because the uniforms say UConn or they want an excuse to party.

“If it’s the first one, you’re cheering for laundry,” Derek wrote. “If it’s the second one, be as far away from me as possible tonight.”

In other words, no one can possibly actually care about their school’s basketball team because they like basketball and want to see their team win. Derek just doesn’t see that as a realistic scenario.

As you might expect, the Twitter world has already labeled Derek the worst RA in America. When I went to UConn the North Campus dorms were dry, and none of our RA’s were that douchey with their emails. There are countless other ways he could have gone about it. Derek later sent another email to students clarifying the original letter, which Barstool Sports passed along.

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UConn Freshmen Andre Drummond, Ryan Boatright are Freakishly Athletic (Video)

For those of you who haven’t been following, the UConn Huskies have a legitimate shot at contending for a national championship once again this season. Kemba Walker left early for the NBA after a legendary season, but Jim Calhoun has once again put together one of the top freshmen classes in the country. Not only that, but UConn is returning Jeremy Lamb, a sophomore forward who many are picking as preseason Player of the Year.

UConn’s incoming class was on display in a big way at Friday Night’s midnight madness in Storrs. Check out this video that the Hartford Courant put together of Andre Drummond and Ryan Boatright tearing up the dunk contest.  The real action starts around the 50-second mark.

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Northern Arizona Coach Mike Adras Voted Ohio State Number 1 Over UConn

Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras was the only voter in the ESPN/USA Today poll not to vote tournament champion UConn the number one team in the final poll of the season. Instead, Adras voted Ohio State number one and Kansas second in his ballot, followed by UConn.

Explaining his decision, Adras said “I voted for who I thought was the best team in the country based on the entire body of work during the season. I believe it is Ohio State. I want to congratulate Connecticut for winning the NCAA tournament. They deserved it.”

The 30 other voters in the coaches’ poll put UConn first followed by Butler, and Kentucky. The other Final Four participant, VCU, ended up sixth in the final poll, with Ohio State and Kansas ahead of them.

Adras must be reading LBS because we wrote the exact same thing a week ago saying none of the Final Four teams deserved to be the national champion. Was UConn the best team in the country? I still say no. Was Butler the second best team? Far from it. And was Kentucky the third best? Were all these teams better than Ohio State or Kansas? Not in my eyes, and I’m glad at least one person was thinking outside the box and voted accordingly.

Jim Calhoun Loves to Be Hated

If the 2011 NCAA Tournament consisted of a stronger field of teams, UConn probably would not have cut the nets down on Monday night.  Teams like Ohio State, Duke, and North Carolina losing made the Huskies’ path to the Final Four a bit friendlier than it may have otherwise been.  Still, it was not easy.  After winning five games in five days at Madison Square Garden, no one believed Connecticut would have the energy needed to get through the grueling Dance.  They powered their way through March, proving all the doubters wrong.  Above all else, the run proved Jim Calhoun wants you to hate him.

Make no mistake about it: Calhoun has few fans outside the state of Connecticut.  Even in Connecticut, the 68-year-old Boston Irishman has had disagreements with the governor, his athletic director, and the the coaches of other UConn programs (cough, Geno Auriemma, cough).  The more people who want Calhoun to lose, the more motivated he becomes to win.

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Jim Calhoun Must Have Given UConn Players Muscle Milk at Halftime

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The UConn Huskies won their third national championship in school history Monday night, defeating the Butler Bulldogs 53-41. UConn started off the game slowly and was actually trailing 22-19 at the half, but a superb second half effort gave them the win. Butler disappointed with one of the poorest performances we’ve ever seen in a title game, and a lot of it can be attributed to UConn’s defense.

Muscle Milk, which is sponsoring this story, reminds us that anyone can excel on any given day and that Muscle Milk can help you become the best YOU can be. UConn coach Jim Calhoun must have either given his players some Muscle Milk shakes at halftime or lifted their spirits with an inspirational speech, because their defense was impenetrable in the second half.

Check out some of these mind-boggling statistics that tell the story of the game better than any words can:

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