No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 7 UConn
RECORDS: Kentucky (29-10); UConn (31-8)
WHEN: Monday, 9:10 p.m.
WHERE: AT&T Stadium (77,122), Arlington, Texas
ON THE AIR: TV – CBS (Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Steve Kerr); Radio – WTIC-AM 1080,WILI-AM 1400 WELI-AM 960 (Joe D’Ambrosio and Wayne Norman)
UP NEXT: End of season
3-FOR-1: The Huskies are 3-1 all-time (2-0 NCAAs) against the Wildcats, including a 56-55 win in the 2011 Final Four at Reliant Stadium in Houston. UConn also beat the Wildcats 87-83 in the 2006 second round in Philadelphia when Tubby Smith was the head coach. Kentucky’s only win, 64-61, came on Dec. 9, 2009 in the Big East/SEC Invitational. UConn also won 84-67 at the 2010 Maui Invitational championship game.
HISTORY LESSONS: Kentucky has won 11 straight NCAA Tournament games since losing to UConn in 2011 and won its eighth national title in 2012. This will be their second championship game in three years. UConn (three national titles), which has won five straight NCAA games and 11 of the last 12, is making its second trip to the finals in four years. Last season Kentucky went to the NIT and UConn was not eligible, so this will be the first time since 1966 (Texas Western beat Kentucky) that neither finalist was in the previous year’s NCAA Tournament.
IMPRESSIVE ROAD TO THE FINAL GAME: UConn knocked off No. 1 Florida (SEC champ), No. 2 Villanova (Big East regular-season champ), No. 3 Iowa State (Big 12 champ), No. 4 Michigan State (Big Ten champ) and No. 10 Saint Joe’s (Atlantic-10 champ) to reach the title game. Kentucky beat No. 9 Kansas State, unbeaten No. 1 Wichita State (Missouri Valley champ), No. 4 Louisville (AAC champ), No. 2 Michigan (Big Ten regular-season champ) and No. 2. Wisconsin to reach the finals.
– WILLIAM S. PAXTON