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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 7 Connecticut vs. No. 8 Kentucky

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What a crazy tournament it has been. The No. 7 seed Connecticut Huskies and No. 8 seed Kentucky Wildcats will play one another in the national championship game. I am sure not many people predicted that one.

Both teams have gone on quite the run and both have beaten some of the best teams in college hoops in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

What to Watch For

Shabazz Napier may be the best player left in the tournament, but Kentucky has a bunch of NBA talent. The Wildcats start five freshmen and every single one could enter the draft this summer. I am not sure if that will actually happen, but that is pretty crazy to think about.

As we saw in the game against Florida, Connecticut has other great players outside of Napier. DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright both played very well against the Gators — combined for 33 points.

Julius Randle is going to be very tough to guard. That is the case every single game. He is definitely not the only good player on the team, though.

Whether the case, if this game comes down to the wire, Napier and Aaron Harrison have to be covered. Both players are very clutch. It seems like Harrison makes the game-winning shot every single contest.

Prediction

Both teams clearly have a lot of momentum going for them. They are playing in the title game after all. However, I have to go with the freshmen in this one. Kentucky has a very tall and talented team. In fact, the Wildcats have the most talented team in college basketball and that has really shown this tournament.

Kentucky 75 Connecticut 70

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