We're less than 36 hours from UConn's Final Four matchup with Kentucky so it seemed like a good time to take a look at the Wildcats. Luckily Glenn from SB Nation Kentucky blog A Sea Of Blue was more than happy to help us out. I also answered some questions about UConn for him and we'll have that up later today.
TheUConnBlog: After last year's incredibly talented UK squad fell short of the Final Four, what was the mood going in to this year? How realistic did a Final Four seem?
A Sea of Blue:
TUB: Obviously these two teams are worlds different than they were back during the Maui meeting. What have been the biggest changes for Kentucky? What worries you the most about how UConn has changed?
TUB: The one UK player who didn't struggle in November was Terrence Jones who was limited by foul trouble in the first half but absolutely killed the Huskies when he was on the floor. Can we expect more of the same this week?
TUB: UK and UConn don't have much of a history (they never met before 2006, though this will be their fourth matchup since then), but their coaches do. John Calipari and Jim Calhoun are long-time nemeses and Husky fans have a long-standing dislike of Calipari from back in his UMass days. Do UK fans even have an opinion of Calhoun or is the rivalry just a curiosity?
TUB: Assuming UK wins on Saturday, who would you rather face in the final?
ASOB: No preference. Both teams are tough, disciplined and dangerous. Each has its own set of problems to overcome -- Butler its experience and their two stars, and VCU its pressure defense and quick players.
TUB: Give me your prediction for Saturday.
Thanks a lot to Glenn for helping us out and be sure to check out A Sea Of Blue for Kentucky coverage.