The first matchup was in mid-November at Madison Square Garden, Kentucky beat Kansas 75-65 in that game.
Wildcats had overflowing athleticism in a 69-61 victory over Louisville in the national semifinals Saturday night.
Only one person has been in the type of high-profile position in sports that John Callipari is in and handled it with such poise, and that was Joe Torre when he was manager of the New York Yankees.
The Buckeyes don’t wow you offensively but are exceptionally tough and seem to land every 50-50 ball. On Saturday, that will be the difference.
If Darius Miller and Doron Lamb find seams and make enough shots from the perimeter, John Calipari should have his team in the National Championship game.
A major element in Saturday’s Final Four showdown between Louisville and Kentucky will be the Cardinals’ match up zone.
Rick Pitino and John Calipari have met before in the Final Four — it was 16 years ago in 1996 when Pitino was at Kentucky and Calipari was at Umass — but this is different.
The Final Four is set. Kentucky will play Louisville and in the other semifinal, it will be Ohio State and Kansas.
Kansas returns to the Final Four with a 80-67 win over UNC.
Ohio State beat Syracuse 77-70 on Saturday to advance to the Final Four.
Fittingly, Kemba Walker and the Huskies won the NCAA crown and cemented Jim Calhoun as a coaching legend and Walker as one of the tournament’s all time shining stars.
Skylar Diggins scored 28 points and hot-shooting Notre Dame upset UConn 72-63 on Sunday night, ending the brilliant career of Moore and the Huskies’ quest for a third straight national championship.
Win or lose in Monday night’s NCAA championship game against Butler, Walker has earned single-name status up there with UConn icons Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Caron Butler and Emeka Okafor after one of the best individual seasons in college hoops history.
Saturday night’s Final Four broadcast on CBS posted an 8.9 rating and a 17 share. That’s tied for the highest since 2005.
Coach Brad Stevens says his team respects Walker but can’t focus too much attention on him because it could leave room for other UConn players to get loose.