There was no magical ending in a game Kentucky never led. UK had trouble with Connecticut's quickness. The Huskies guards gave UK fits on both ends and an early 17-8 lead. More surprising, the Huskies held their own inside and the lead was 30-15. Back came the Cats behind a pair of James Young three-pointers. UK went to a zone defense and cut the lead to 35-31 at the half. UK looked to be set up for another comeback. The Huskies went more than six minutes without scoring but UK could not seize the lead. The Huskies' lead was 48-39 when a highlight James Young dunk ignited UK to within 48-47 at 8:13. UK struggled at the foul line and could get no closer.
■ Rebounding has been UK's greatest strength. The Huskies outrebounded UK 34-33.
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■ Kentucky was 13-for-24 at the foul line; the Huskies 10-for-10.
■ Other than James Young, UK was 5-for-15 at the foul line.
■ In the second half, UK shot 33.3 percent while the Huskies shot 32 percent.
■ After going 4-for-9 in the first half, UK made one of seven three-pointers in the second half.
■ After starting the game 13-for-23 shooting; the Huskies went 3-for-17.
■ UK trailed by nine points or more in the first half of its last five games.
■ UK started 3-for-12 from the field; the Huskies 8-for-15.
■ Early: Huskies guards 16, Kentucky 15.
■ Julius Randle's first field goal came with 1:03 left in the first half. He took only three shots in the first half.
■ UK's starting lineup had no fouls in the first half; UK committed just three as a team in the first half.
■ Few UK teams had a postseason ride like this team. It's hard to think of five straight games that were so entertaining.
■ It did turn out to be a special group of freshmen. Kudos to them.
■ James Young was fantastic on the biggest of stages.
■ If this is indeed a team of one-and-dones, it's a shame we won't get to see them develop further together.
■ A ninth national championship for Kentucky will have to wait for another year.Herald-Leader Staff Report