Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 NCAA Basketball Championship Game

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 NCAA Basketball Championship Game
David J. Phillip

Pick whatever hackneyed cliche you want, and it won't even begin to describe the anticipation for the 2014 NCAA championship game.

From a national championship point of view, No. 7 Connecticut and No. 8 Kentucky have been the two most successful programs over the past 18 seasons, each winning three titles.

It only seems fitting that this game should determine which has been better over the past two decades.

By now, you know about the stars. Shabazz Napier and DeAndre Daniels will be key for Connecticut; Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison will be the main pieces in Kentucky's puzzle.

But who are the X-factors and the underrated players who will truly determine the outcome of the game? And what are the biggest storylines coming out of this monumental matchup?

Let's take a look back at the journeys these two blue bloods have taken to get to this point and try to identify who will emerge victorious.

Be sure to include your predictions in the comments. Anyone who correctly prognosticates the final score and the Most Outstanding Player gets 200 brownie points and a hearty "Way to go!"

 

Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com or KenPom.com (subscription required).

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