KEYS FOR THE HUSKIES
1. FOLLOW THE BLUEPRINT: UConn has already done well against more physical frontcourts from Michigan State and Florida, so don’t change what’s been working in the tournament. Kentucky has been particularly dangerous inside in the second half, where it’s outscored opponents 104 to 70 in the paint, but the Huskies want to push them outside.
2. HIGH-AND-LOW: The Wildcats’ backcourt of twin freshmen Aaron and Andrew Harrison, both 6-foot-6, has a height advantage over Ryan Boatright (6-0) and Shabazz Napier (6-1), but the Huskies are the more experienced bunch. UConn has already emerged on top against one taller PG, Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane, and the knock on the Harrisons is they like to dribble high.
3. ACT LIKE YOU’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE: The Huskies have three guys with national championship rings on the roster and have already played on game in the enormous AT&T Stadium, so they shouldn’t be too nervous when they tip off Monday night. If they are, UConn just needs to remember to turn to its stellar defense to help calm it down.
4. GET TO THE LINE: The Huskies only shot 10-for-13 from the line against Florida, but they are hitting 86.7 percent (91-for-105) on free throws in the tournament. Kentucky comes in making 70.6 percent (72-for-102) of their foul shots, but were 68.4-percent shooter during the season.
– William S. Paxton