Nobody believed in us. And for the first twelve minutes of the National Semifinals, it looked like they were right.
Our offense looked out of sync. Florida kept finding open looks against our defense. And with about 8 minutes left in the first half, the Huskies were down 16-4 and it looked like their storybook season had run out of magic.
But Kevin Ollie's team made it this far by have exactly zero quit in them. Undeterred, they mounted a 21-6 run to somehow, miraculously, take a three point lead going into the second half. The defense was immaculate, and as the first half wound down the Huskies found an offensive rhythm. Then they won the second half 38-31, leading for almost the entire second half.
It's good news bad news time guys. Yes, we're going to the National Championship, but the downside is that DeAndre Daniels is going to the after NBA this year. He was good for 20 points and 10 rebounds in what has been an incredible post-season for the Junior. He shot 9-14 from the field and also did this. Onions!
True to form though, this was a team win through and through. Everybody came up big at certain times. Neils Giffey's threes weren't falling but he was a great power forward- 11 points and 4 rebounds from the Senior with some great baskets down low. Ryan Boatright had 11 points and 6 rebounds, shooting 5-9 from the field in what has been an incredible postseason for him as well. Freshman Terrance Samuel had a number of crucial contributions to the victory effort.
Our heart and soul, Mr. Shabazz Napier had a casual 12 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 6 steals. The Senior guard played with great poise and iced the game by drawing fouls and hitting his free throws with ease.
Head Coach Kevin Ollie is in the National Championship in his first NCAA Tournament. We have a team firing on all cylinders, peaking at exactly the right time that just beat two heavy favorites en route to the finals. We will be playing the winner of Kentucky/Wisconsin for the opportunity to win the program's fourth National Championship.
Who likes our chances on Monday?
LET'S GO HUSKIES!