This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.
Kentucky vs. Connecticut
VCU vs. Butler
KENTUCKY VS. CONNECTICUT
Matchup: Two storied programs go toe-to-toe in this Final Four matchup. For all the Cinderella stories in the other semifinal contest, this game features two larger-than-life coaches with well-known, ultra-talented rosters.
Coach Jim Calhoun leads a Connecticut squad that was picked to finish 10th in the Big East entering the season; however, Kemba Walker quickly dashed any thoughts of a down season at UConn with a sizzling start that carried the Huskies all the way through the Big East Championship and to Final Four berth. Walker's game has risen to a whole different level this season, including canning numerous clutch, game-winning jumpers. He appears to have ice in his veins.
Meanwhile, coach John Calipari leads his third Final Four team, this time in the form of the young and hungry Kentucky Wildcats. UK lost first-round draft picks to the NBA, and many people thought last year's squad, bounced in the Elite Eight, was more talented than this year's version. Nevertheless, the magic of Coach Cal yielded a new crop of freshman sensations in Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb that carried the Wildcats to where they had not been since 1998.
Let's delve deeper into each team's strengths, weaknesses and game plans for this epic tilt.
Kentucky Wildcats, East Region No. 4 seed
Backcourt: The discussion about Kentucky begins and ends with Brandon Knight. The Wildcats would not be in Houston if not for the play