Former Thunder Player Leads UConn to Title

Kevin Ollie

Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Ollie coached the Connecticut Huskies to the national championship on Monday night in Arlington, Texas, beating Kentucky 60-54 in the NCAA Championship Game.

UConn never trailed in the game, leading by as many as 15 points in the first half before the Wildcats cut the deficit to four at halftime.

Kentucky got within one point on several occasions, but could never tie or take the lead, and the Huskies held on, led by Shabazz Napier’s 22 points.

Ollie is in just his second season as the Connecticut head coach.

The Huskies have won two of the last four national titles and their fourth in program history, all in the last 15 years.

Ollie spent the 2009-10 season with OKC, the last of his 13 seasons in the NBA.