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This nasty dunk by Kentucky's James Young may be the best of the tournament

Sam Cooper
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Kentucky guard James Young (1) dunks between Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) and center Amida Brimah (35) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas
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Kentucky guard James Young (1) dunks between Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) and center Amida Brimah (35) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, pool)

After a Shabazz Napier jumper gave Connecticut a nine-point lead at the 11:02 mark, Kentucky needed a spark – and James Young provided an emphatic one.

With the ball at the top of the key, the left-handed Young began a drive toward the basket and accelerated past UConn guard Terrence Samuel, came to a jump stop and elevated toward Huskies 7-foot center Amida Brimah was waiting.

Young met Brimah in the air, absorbed the contact and a partial block and slammed the ball home with his left hand to bring the Kentucky bench and the crowd to their feet.

Young made the subsequent free throw to complete the old fashioned three-point play. Kentucky then scored the game’s next five points to narrow the deficit to just one. 

The momentum-shifting play wasn't enough for the Wildcats in the end though, as the Huskies pulled away late for a 60-54 win – their fourth national championship in the last 15 years.

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