These are made-for-TV roads to the championship final. UConn was banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament, despite a 20-10 record because of an academic-related probation dating back to players no longer enrolled in the school. Tyler Olander, Niels Giffey, and Shabazz Napier all decided not to transfer while the team served its sanctions. Now Napier is the biggest star in the tournament. Kentucky started the year as a preseason favorite and finished the regular season unranked in the final AP Poll. The Wildcats began the tourney as the No. 8 seed and knocked off top-ranked Wichita State and defending champs Louisville during their title-game run. Now, on the heels of two game-winning buzzer-beaters by Aaron Harrison, they are for the first time playing with five freshman starters since the Michigan Fab Five.
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