Sunday, February 5, 2023

Kentucky Versus Connecticut For NCAA Title — Fab 5 Redux

Aaron Harrison after the win over Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Google Images
Aaron Harrison after the win over Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Google Images

This evening all the excitement and anticipation of the NCAA Tournament comes down to one high-pressure game.
The No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats face the No.7 Connecticut Huskies at 8:10 p.m. on CBS. These are the lowest combined seeded teams to ever vie for a National Championship.
On Saturday, everyone tuned in to watch the Final Four in North Texas at AT&T Stadium, otherwise known as Jerry’s World. With the Southeastern Conference posting two teams in the final pairings, pundits are talking about SEC basketball domination.
Most commentators and fans would have agreed that Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators would be the SEC squad in the finals.
Out of the gate, the Gators looked destined for a date at the Big Dance’s finale. That premonition held up as they took an early 12-point lead over UCONN in the semi-finals Saturday. The Huskies hung tough and fought the whole game. When the clock hit all zero’s, UCONN had snapped a 30-game winning streak by Florida and handed the Gators only their third loss on the year.
UCONN defeated Florida 63-53 to earn the chance to play for a National Title
UCONN defeated Florida 63-53 to earn the chance to play for a National Title

This UCONN team had already given Florida  it’s second loss on the season, back in December, by one point, 65-64. In the spotlight of North Texas, the Huskies out played the Gators and won 63-53.
For John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats this magical run through the NCAA tournament most resembles the famous Fab 5 streak of 1991 by the Michigan Wolverines.
The Wildcats advance to the title game on the shoulders of freshman guard Aaron Harrison, who has played with ice water in his veins in the previous three rounds of the tournament. Harrison’s s clutch three-pointers in the closing seconds against Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday night have thrilled a nationwide audience.
Kentucky struggled at times during the regular season as the freshmen jelled. If the Wildcats win the national title tonight, it will be the first time the team has one six games in a row this season.
So Rebel fans tuning in for tonight’s championship, here’s the question. Are you pulling for our sister SEC school tonight or do you rot for the only team in the gym not wearing blue?
Here at the HottyToddy.com office, the editorial staff is predicting the Kentucky Wildcats will complete their magical run and finish what the Fab 5 started all those years ago.
—Adam Brown, HottyToddy.com sports editor

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