Shabazz, a senior guard who was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, went off on an emotional rant, ripping the NCAA on live TV during his post-game interview with CBS’ Jim Nantz.
"I want to get everybody’s attention right quick," he said to the crowd at AT&T Stadium in North Texas. "If I don’t have your attention, let me get your attention. Ladies and gentlemen, you’re looking at the Hungry Huskies. This is what happens when you ban us … last year … two years. We worked so hard for it. Two years and hungry. Hungry Huskies."
UConn was banned by the NCAA from last year’s tournament for poor academic performance.