Kentucky’s surreal trip from preseason favorite to No. 8 seed and back to title contender culminates in Monday’s 2014 NCAA championship game against the similarly overlooked UConn Huskies. In the battle of the lowest-seeded title-game contestants in history, Kentucky will need to prove that Shabazz Napier hasn’t quite brought back the unbeatable Kemba Walker magic from the 2011 champs.
One big step toward stopping Napier’s run will be for Kentucky to dominate the rebounding battle. The Wildcats are the fifth-best rebounding team in the nation thanks Julius Randle and the front line, but against the three-point-bombing Huskies, Kentucky’s guards will play just as big a role in cleaning up missed shots.
Herein, we'll touch more on the challenges facing the ‘Cats on the glass, along with four more essential elements to a win for Big Blue in its bid for a ninth national championship.