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Wisconsin receives Final Four rings (PHOTOS)

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One of the best parts of achieving something in sports is the jewelry that comes along with it. Championship rings are always fantastic and the Wisconsin Badgers received their own rings this week for advancing to the 2014 Final Four.

As you can see, a lot of excitement on the faces of Wisconsin’s players, but as a favorite to make it back to the Final Four this season, veterans like Josh Gasser are hoping to add some more jewelry with another run this season:

(H/T: Bucky’s Fifth Quarter)

UConn’s journey to the 2014 National Title (VIDEO)

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Three weeks ago, UConn won its second championship in four years with a 60-54 win over Kentucky in an unlikely National Title game matchup.

It was somewhat of a storybook ending for UConn. The Huskies were barred from postseason play in 2013, the same year Kevin Ollie took over the program from Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun.

And that’s where the 16-minute video begins. Because two years later, for those like Shabazz Napier, who stayed with the program through thick and thin, their loyalty was rewarded with another incredible March run.

Our look back at 2014 NCAA tournament

Shabazz Napier (AP Photo)

source: AP

The 2014 NCAA tournament is over, but before we officially move on to the 2014-2015 season, here is a quick look back at what was an outstanding three-week event:

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NBCSports.com All-Tournament Team:

  • Shabazz Napier, UConn
  • Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
  • DeAndre Daniels, UConn
  • Julius Randle, Kentucky
  • Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Best Individual Performance:

1. Xavier Thames, San Diego State vs. North Dakota State: Thames had 30 points and eight assists and, at one point, was responsible for 46 of the Aztecs’ first 55 points.

2. Adreian Payne, Michigan State vs. Delaware: Payne had 41 points on 10-for-15 shooting as the Spartans beat Delaware in the opening round.

3. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin vs. Arizona: The 28 points and 11 boards that Kaminsky put on Arizona is the sole reason the Badgers are in the Final Four.

4. Cleanthony Early, Wichita State vs. Kentucky: Early had 31 points, hitting big shot after big shot, but it wasn’t enough to get the Shockers past the Wildcats.

5. DeAndre Daniels, UConn vs. Iowa State: Daniels scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while helping to force Melvin Ejim to miss ten of his first 11 shots as the Huskies advanced.

6. Bryce Cotton, Providence vs. North Carolina: Cotton had 36 points and eight assists, but the Friars got bounced in the opening round.

7. Shabazz Napier, UConn vs. Villanova: Shabazz finished with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting, playing through a bad ankle and a bruised shin.

Memorable Moments:

Best Games:

1. Kentucky 75, Michigan 72

2. Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63 OT

3. Kentucky 74, Wisconsin 73

4. Kentucky 78, Wichita State 76

5. Iowa State 85, North Carolina 83

6. Kentucky 74, Louisville 69

7. Michigan State 56, Virginia 51

8. Arizona 70, San Diego State 64

9. North Dakota State 80, Oklahoma 75 OT

10. Stephen F. Austin 77, VCU 75 OT

11. Texas 87, Arizona State 85

12. North Carolina 79, Providence 77

13. Dayton 60, Ohio State 59

Biggest Shots:

1a. Aaron Harrison vs. Michigan:

1b. Aaron Harrison vs. Wisconsin

2. Desmond Hayman vs. VCU:

3. Lawrence Alexander vs. Oklahoma:

4. DeAndre Kane vs. North Carolina:

5. Amida Brimah vs. St. Joseph’s:

6. Cameron Ridley vs. Arizona State:

7. Vee Sanford vs. Dayton: