Will the Wildcats cut down the nets for the ninth time in school history or will the Huskies make it a perfect 4-0 in title game appearances as the premier program in the northeast?
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• Kentucky is playing in its 12th national championship game and seeking its ninth title. The Wildcats won in 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998 and 2012.
• John Calipari is 18-2 in the NCAA Tournament during his five years at UK.
• UK has won 11 straight games in the NCAA Tournament. It's the most consecutive victories in the tourney since Florida won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.
• The Wildcats became the first team in NCAA Tourney history to win four consecutive games by five points or less in victories over Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin.
• UK had only four turnovers against Wisconsin in the national semifinals, the lowest tourney figure in school history. The Cats had none in the second half against the Badgers.
• UConn (7) and UK (8) are the two lowest-seeded teams to ever face off in the championship game.
• UK entered the tourney unranked and, if the Cats defeat the Huskies, would become the first such team to win the championship since Kansas in 1988. The only other team to accomplish the feat was Villanova in 1985.
• With a win over UConn, Kentucky would become the first program to ever win the title with a starting lineup featuring five freshmen.
• A win by Kentucky would keep the championship trophy in the Bluegrass State for the third-consecutive year. Kentucky won in 2012 and Louisville won in 2013.
• Julius Randle needs a double-double tonight against UConn to tie Dan Issel (25 in 1969-70) for the most in a single season by a UK player.
• Randle is only four rebounds shy of tying Anthony Davis (415) for the most by a freshman in UK history.
• If UK wins the championship, freshman guard Dominique Hawkins will be the first player to win the Kentucky Sweet 16 state title (Madison Central High School) and the NCAA title in back to back years.