Charles Barkley celebrates Villanova victory

Alex Butler

HOUSTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Neutrality is all but dead when it comes to athletes turned sports analysts.

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley wasn't shy about broadcasting his elation Monday, after Villanova sank a game winning shot at the buzzer against North Carolina in the national championship.


Barkely leapt up from the desk during the TNT broadcast, awkwardly watching the game on a television while it was actually happening right behind his back. Barkley bounced up from his chair and waved his hands high in the air, screaming and high-stepping.

Much of his over joyous reaction could have stemmed from the dejection of friend and nemesis Kenny Smith, a North Carolina alum. But Barkley's daughter also attended the school.

"My daughter was living and dying with every game for the last three weeks, so I was really more excited for her, to be honest with you,'' Barkley told USA TODAY Sports. "She's been going to a Villanova bar in New York City every game. She didn't even want to come to the game because she didn't want to jinx the game.''

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