ARLINGTON, Texas – Okay, here we go. National championship game is about 40 minutes away and both teams are out on the floor.
Let’s set the scene:
UConn is in white tonight; they are the higher seed. Kentucky is in blue. There were 79,000 in AT&T Stadium on Saturday, one would expect a similar crowd tonight. The UConn Pep Band is pounding out “Sing A Song,” which is my favorite among their repertiore.
Tons of content on UConn men and women from Sunday and today, you’ll find all that here.
The Huskies are going with the same lineup they have used since the start of the AAC Tournament: Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Niels Giffey, DeAndre Daniels and Phil Nolan. Last game for Napier, Giffey and Tyler Olander. Could be the last game for Boatright and Daniels, if they decide they have nothing left to prove at the college level.
Kentucky starts its five freshmen – James Young, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson. … Will this be John Calipari’s last game?
Just a hunch: You will see more of Terrenece Samuel and Lasan Kromah in there tonight on the Harrisons, who are 6-6. The Wildcats have played with exceptional maturity in this tournament – just four turnovers in the semifinals. The Huskies will probably show them something defensively they haven’t seen, try to rattle them.
Officials tonight: Verne Harris, Joe DeRosa, Doug Shows. The standby is Mike Roberts.
No Mike Stuart.
Okay, going to be fun. Rock your RA’s world.