NCAA basketball championship 2014: Game time, TV schedule for Kentucky vs. UConn

Ronald Martinez

Will it be Connecticut or Kentucky cutting the nets down on Monday night?

SB Nation 2014 NCAA March Madness Coverage

The 2014 national championship has arrived. On Monday night at spacious AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., the Connecticut Huskies and Kentucky Wildcats will meet for an improbable showdown.

A month ago, most in Big Blue Nation would have been happy with a Sweet 16 appearance. Despite lofty preseason expectations, UK never really figured it out in the regular season, finishing with a 22-9 record and 12-6 mark against the SEC. Led by one of the best freshmen classes in history, now Kentucky is firing on all cylinders. Julius Randle anchors the paint alongside Dakari Johnson, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee. James Young and the Harrison brothers attack from the wings and are tough to keep out of the lane given their size.

NCAA Championship Game

Connecticut got off to a 9-0 start but then stumbled a bit once AAC play began. After edging Florida by a point in early December, the Huskies only faced three ranked teams -- Cincinnati, Louisville and Memphis -- the rest of the season. It was tough to really get a handle on how legitimate this team was as they beat up on Houston, Rutgers, USF and others.

Shabazz Napier continues to play like the best point guard in the country. DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright have done a terrific job helping Napier on the offensive end in recent weeks, and the team's defense continues to be top-notch.

Now, UK and UConn both look to be teams of destiny. One of their seasons will finally come to an end on Monday night, but that should not take anything away from their runs over the last three weeks. The way John Calipari has turned things around with his young Wildcats may just be the best coaching job of his career, and this five-game run has proved Kevin Ollie is one of the game's brightest young coaches. Get ready for a great game on Monday night.

Game time: 9:10 p.m. ET


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