Kentucky Wildcats vs Connecticut Huskies: Know Your Enemy

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Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

CONNECTICUT HUSKIES (31-8)
APRIL 7, 2014 – 9:10 PM
AT&T STADIUM – IRVING, TEXAS

TV- CBS

UCONN LEADS SERIES 3-1

RECENT MEETINGS
4/2/2011: UConn 56 KENTUCKY 55 *
11/24/2010: UConn 84 KENTUCKY 67 **
12/9/2009: KENTUCKY 64 UConn 61 ***

* NCAA FINAL FOUR – Houston, TX
** MAUI CLASSIC INVITATIONAL – Lahaina, HI
*** SEC/Big East Invitational – New York, NY

Raise your hand if you saw this coming. The #7 seed UConn Huskies and #18th ranked vs the #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats and unranked in the last poll. This game points out how bad the NCAA did in seeding this tournament and also how little the regular season really means when all is said and done. UConn has been here before, ripping through the 2011 NCAA Tournament field and getting hot at the right time to cut the nets. And this just adds to Kentucky’s path ever to the NCAA Finals game.

To get here, Kentucky has beaten a #1 seed and the last unbeaten team in the country, the defending NCAA champion, the second place team from last year, and the 2011 National Champion team. IF UK wins the title, they will have beaten three of the last years Final Four as well as the last two NCAA champs not named Kentucky. In the end, I think that NCAA seed served as extra motivation, however.

This is a weird game folks. Both Kentucky and UConn have lost three teams to a conference rival. And the other team has beaten that nemesis twice. UConn lost to Louisville three times this year and Kentucky beat the Cardinals twice. Kentucky lost to Florida three times this year and UConn beat the Gators twice.

It’s weird, wild stuff. Let’s meet the Huskies.

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