The University of Connecticut defeated Kentucky 60-54 at AT&T Stadium on Monday night to lift the fourth NCAA title in school history.
Led by 22 points from senior Shabazz Napier and 14 from fellow guard Ryan Boatright in Texas, the Huskies became the first ever seventh-seed to win the prestigious tournament.
Although the Wildcats - who were attempting to secure their second championship in just three seasons - brought the scores close several times, they never led the game at any stage.
James Young had 20 and a below-par Julius Randle 10 for Kevin Ollie's crew, but it wasn't nearly enough to upstage a UConn team who secured their first success at this level since playoff-bound Charlotte Bobcats star Kemba Walker led them to the title in 2011.
While the Huskies secured vital threes at crucial times to help them over the line, the free-throw stats tell arguably the biggest tale of the night.
While UConn were a perfect 10/10 from the line, Kentucky - perhaps slightly unnerved by the pressure with a starting five made up entirely of freshmen - went 13/24.
Randle was one of the worst culprits at 4/7, whilst center Dakari Johnson hit just one of his four attempts.