UConn (31-8) vs. Kentucky (29-10)
When: 9:10 p.m.
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
What You Should Know
Kentucky starts five freshmen, all pros, has 7 McDonald's All-American's on the team and is easily the most talented team in the country if you were drafting for the NBA. The Wildcats haven't played like the most talented team in the nation for much of the year however and have 10 losses, an astounding number considering there was talk of 40-0 at the beginning of the season. Still, Kentucky has regrouped in the postseason after a difficult on the job training and have been great in the NCAAs. The Wildcats are a potentially dominant inside team with Julius Randle(6-9, 250-pounds) a double double player at 15 ppg. and 10 rpg. and Dakarri Johnson (7-0, 265-pounds) inside with Alex Poythress (6-8, 240-pounds). The Huskies are fortunate they don't have to face center Willie Cauley-Stein, who is out with an injury. It's an explosive and powerful front line that grabs over 40 percent of available offensive rebounds. Against Wisconsin, Kentucky score 46 points in the paint and held a 23-10 edge in second chance points. The best offense for Kentucky is a missed open shot, which leads to offensive rebound opportunities. The key for the Wildcats in the tournament is the perimeter, where James Young (6-6, 215) and the Harrison brothers in Aaron and Andrew Harrison, who are both 6-foot-6 guards in the 218 pound range and are playing their best ball of the year. Young is become a scorer who is playing with higher efficiency in the NCAAs and is averaging just over 14 ppg. The Harrison brothers are quick big and physical guards who haven't had a great year shooting, but as Aaron Harrison has showm the last three games, has a knack of hitting the big shots. Kentucky wasn't a great shooting team this year, but that has changed in the NCAAs as they have hit every big shot the last five minutes and reach the title game with the smallest aggregate margin of victory in tournament history with five wins by only 18 points. Kentucky has a ton of future NBA players, and they have come a long way this year. Can they get through one more game?
"First of all, we want to get back in transition. That's our No. 1 key every game, especially them. They got a lot of great athletes. They use their quickness, their speed, their jumping ability, to get inside the paint. So we want to locate, want to get back, want to keep them in front of us, and then play solid defense. We want to limit the penetration and make them shoot over the top."