• Keys to Kentucky-UConn title game

  • By Fran Fraschilla | April 7, 2014 10:19:44 AM PDT
Don't let the seed numbers fool you; in Monday night's national championship matchup between the Connecticut Huskies and Kentucky Wildcats, we have two very good teams with distinct strengths and weaknesses that should make for an interesting chess match between the two coaches. Where does each team hold the advantage? Let's take a look at my five biggest keys to victory in Monday's title game.

1. UConn’s defensive game plan

After 13 seasons playing in the NBA for guys such as Chuck Daly, Larry Brown and Don Nelson, Kevin Ollie has a Ph.D. in basketball that he simply could not have earned as an assistant at the college level. The NBA season is timed in dog years compared with the length of a college basketball season, and the games are longer and have many more possessions. The nightly game plans are designed to try to neutralize the best offensive players in the world.

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