5:05 PM ET, March 27, 2011
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
NEWARK, N.J. -- Kentucky spent 13 straight springs watching other schools play in the Final Four, a destination college basketball's winningest program considers its birthright.
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• Brandon Knight led the way with 22 points, including a 3-pointer that broke a 67-67 tie with under 3 minutes remaining.
• Kentucky advanced to its first Final Four since 1998, when it won the championship.
• Kentucky beat North Carolina in the NCAA tournament for the first time in three meetings.
• The Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak in Elite 8 games.
• Kentucky shot 12 of 22 from 3. In the first three games of the tournament, Kentucky made just 17 3-pointers combined.
• The Final Four will be without a No. 1 or 2 seed for the first time since 1979.
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Most Final Four Appearances
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-56 (.482)||27-62 (.435)|
|3P Made-Attempted||12-22 (.545)||3-16 (.188)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-16 (.625)||12-15 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
|» Mar 27, 2011||UK 76, @UNC 69||Recap|
Kentucky and Connecticut certainly picked the right time to get hot. Neither team won their conference regular season title but both won their conference tournament and remained hot reaching the Final 4. Kentucky has been relying on their 3-pt shooting while UCONN has been doing with their effort on the boards.[+]
SAVING THE BEST FOR THE LAST - SINCE END OF REGULAR SEASON
Kentucky passes Kansas on the Final Four list, making it for the 14th time, 4th most in history[+]
Most Final Four Appearances - All-Time
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