Aaron Harrison: “Those shots don’t mean anything now”

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — Aaron Harrison had been the man behind the big shot for Kentucky in this NCAA Tournament, winning games with his clutch shooting at the end of games.

After UK’s 60-54 loss to Connecticut on Monday night in the national final, the freshman said he would trade any of those game-winners for a victory over the Huskies.

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Three quick things from Kentucky’s runner-up finish

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — Three quick things from Kentucky’s 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the national championship game:

1. Oh, those missed free throws. They reared their ugly head at the worst possible time. The team that had been up-and-down from the line all season, that shot just 68.4 percent from the line as a team, made 13 of 24 from the foul stripe and that may have cost the Cats a championship in the end.

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John Calipari: “I needed to do a better job for these kids”

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — Transcript from post-game press conference after Kentucky’s loss to Connecticut in the NCAA final.

THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Coach Calipari and student‑athletes Julius Randle and James Young. We’ll start with an opening statement from coach and then take questions for the student‑athletes.

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NCAA Final Liveblog: Kentucky-Connecticut

ARLINGTON, Tex. — This is it: the NCAA Tournament Championship Game, Monday night between No. 8 seed Kentucky and No. 7 seed Connecticut at AT&T Stadium. Tipoff is set for 9:09 p.m. on CBS.

We will be live-blogging, of course. Remember, if you sign in with Facebook or Twitter, your comments will be posted automatically. All comments, observations, insights and even complaints are welcome.

 

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Video: Kentucky-Connecticut preview and predictions

ARLINGTON, Tex. — If you missed it from earlier, Mark Story and yours truly sat down to preview and predict Monday night’s title game, which is fast approaching, by the way.

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Kentucky-Connecticut stats comparisons

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Time for our final look at stats comparisons, this time for the biggest game of the season: Kentucky-Connecticut.

As for a Kentucky advantage, you guessed it, the glass. Kentucky is outrebounding opponents by 9.7 per game, compared to just 0.4 by Connecticut. UK’s offensive rebounding percentage is now up to 42.3. Connecticut’s OPR is just 30.5.

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How the computers see Kentucky-Connecticut

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — Let’s take a look at how the computers see Monday night’s national championship game. Spoiler alert: Nate Silver can’t make up his mind.

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Looking at Kentucky-Connecticut NCAA numbers

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Time to look at the NCAA Tournament numbers for Kentucky and Connecticut heading into Monday night’s national title tilt.

One thing for sure: Kentucky doesn’t want to get into a free-throw shooting contest with the Huskies. UConn made 18 of 20 free throws in its overtime win over Saint Joseph’s in the round of 64. They made 20 of 22 in the East Region semifinal win over Iowa State. They were 21 of 22 from the line in the region final upset of Michigan State.

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Big Blue Links for Championship Monday

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — Here we go with Big Blue Links for Championship Monday as Kentucky plays Connecticut tonight at 9:10 p.m. ET on CBS for the title.

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Video: Alex Poythress says knee is fine

ARLINGTON, Tex. — In the open Kentucky locker room today, Alex Poythress said his knee will be fine for Monday night’s championship game against UConn.

Poythress tweaked the knee at the bottom of the dogpile after UK beat Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night. He was still on the floor when the pile disassembled. But the players reported that Poythress was fine today and he confirmed that.

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