■ Former Indiana guard Quinn Buckner says he is rooting for Kentucky to go 40-0 and become the first team since Buckner's 1976 Hoosiers to finish the season undefeated. This is because Buckner has always been a class act.
■ With Rick Barnes now calling Knoxville home, there are four SEC basketball coaches with Final Four appearances on their résumés.
John Calipari is making his sixth. Florida's Billy Donovan has accomplished the feat four times. Mississippi State's Ben Howland took UCLA to the Final Four three straight years from 2006 through 2008. Barnes brought the 2003 Longhorns to the Final Four.
■ Barnes is a good hire, by the way, especially considering the Big Orange train wreck that turned out to be the one-and-done Donnie Tyndall era. That Barnes is originally from North Carolina doesn't hurt, either.
■ Duke's fab freshman trio of Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are best known for their offensive talents. Yet Duke got to the Final Four by playing clamp-down defense.
The Blue Devils held Robert Morris to 36.4 percent shooting from the floor; San Diego State to 32.8 percent; Utah to 30.9 and Gonzaga to 44 percent.
■ Speaking of numbers, Wisconsin's second half Saturday in the West Region finals had to rank among the most ridiculous offensive halves in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
Matched against an Arizona defense ranked third nationally in defensive efficiency — per math maven Ken Pomeroy — Wisconsin averaged 1.67 points per possession.
How ridiculous? Adjusted for the strength of the competition, Wisconsin is averaging 1.275 points per possession on the season.
■ After Wisconsin made 15 of 19 second-half shots in Los Angeles on Saturday. Kentucky made 15 of 20 second-half shots in Cleveland.
■ Forget Frank Kaminsky. Well, don't forget Kaminsky. Kentucky must slow Sam Dekker in Indy. Dekker made a combined 18 of 26 shots in the West Regional semifinals and finals.
■ As ESPN's John Gasaway points out, Notre Dame shot just 28.6 percent from three-point range, but 52 percent from inside the arc against Kentucky — and nearly won. So that might debunk the theory that swishing threes is a must to beating the Cats.
■ Remember when people claimed Rick Pitino had misplaced his mojo? Had Mangok Mathiang's second free throw dropped Sunday against Michigan State, Pitino would have three Final Fours in the past four years.
■ Best wishes to former Eastern Kentucky coach Jeff Neubauer on his new job as head coach at Fordham. The 44-year-old Neubauer did a terrific job at EKU, going 188-134 in 10 years. The Colonels won 20 games each of his last three years, which hasn't been easy for the school to do.
■ In case you haven't heard, Kentucky-Wisconsin is just the second rematch of an NCAA Tournament national semifinal. UCLA beat Houston 73-58 in the 1967 Final Four, then crushed the Cougars 101-69 in the 1968 Final Four.
■ Several of the officials picked to work this year's Final Four are familiar with Kentucky. Pat Adams worked six Kentucky games, including the SEC Tournament finals between Kentucky and Arkansas.
Joe DeRosa and Doug Sirmons each worked four Kentucky games this year. DeRosa worked the Midwest Region finals on Saturday. Bryan Kersey and Jeff Clark worked the UK-West Virginia Sweet 16 game. Verne Harris worked the UK-UCLA CBS Sports Classic game in Chicago.
■ DeRosa had a lighthearted (for him) moment with John Calipari last Saturday. At one point Calipari implored DeRosa, a former NBA official, to call a foul for a particular transgression.
DeRosa leaned in to the Kentucky coach and replied, "When it's a foul, we'll call the foul."