X-Factors to Watch in the 2014 NCAA Championship Game

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X-Factors to Watch in the 2014 NCAA Championship Game
Michael Conroy

As UConn and Kentucky prepare to face off in history’s lowest-seeded NCAA title game, some aspects of how the game will proceed are easy to predict.

Shabazz Napier will excel. Aaron Harrison will get the ball in crunch time.

What will make the difference between winning and losing the championship, though, are the unknowns, the tipping points that could swing a close contest to either the Huskies or the Wildcats depending on how they play out.

One such mystery surrounds the newest addition to Kentucky’s rotation, freshman Marcus Lee. The little-used big man has made some highlight-reel plays in place of injured Willie Cauley-Stein, but can he turn his shot-blocking acumen from a SportsCenter curiosity into a legitimate weapon in a national title game?

Herein, we'll focus more on the Wildcats’ high-jumping backup, along with four other X-factors that will loom large in Monday night’s championship showdown.

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