ARLINGTON, Texas -- Connecticut and Kentucky couldnt have met in last years championship game and few people gave them a chance to be in this years. Chase Edmonds Jersey . Seventh-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded Kentucky meet Monday night in one of the unlikeliest NCAA championship games ever. Watch the game live on TSN at 8:30pm et/5:30pm pt. Neither was around in last years post-season -- Connecticut because of a tournament ban over academic issues; Kentucky because it didnt make the field. And neither looked like national title contenders at times this season. Kentucky (29-10) and its outstanding freshmen went from preseason No. 1 to out of the rankings after some bad losses. And Connecticut (31-8) was not a popular post-season pick after finishing tied for third in the American Athletic Conference with multiple losses to Louisville and SMU. In the tournament, the Huskies have stopped some of the countrys top guards and put themselves in position for their fourth national championship, the previous three under Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. "Hopefully we have an opportunity to fall back on our defence," second-year coach Kevin Ollie said. "We have been doing that the whole year." If Kentucky has a chance to win in the final minute, that defence better pay attention to guard Aaron Harrison, one of five freshmen starters. He has hit huge 3-pointers in the Wildcats last three games. Harrison rattled in a 26-footer with 5.7 seconds to go in the 74-73 win over Wisconsin in the semifinals. He made almost the exact same shot with 2.3 seconds left against Michigan for a 75-72 win that sent the Wildcats to the Final Four. Against Louisville, he hit a 3 with 39 seconds left to give Kentucky the lead for good in a 74-69. "The biggest thing is hes not afraid to miss," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "Hes OK with it. Hes comfortable in his own skin. ... If youre going to make those kind of shots, you absolutely cannot be afraid to miss them." These two programs have combined to win six of the last 18 NCAA titles. "Playing against Connecticut, I mean, Im just happy were still playing," Calipari said. Neither program could say that last year. Connecticut was banned from the post-season after failing to meet NCAA academic standard. It had practice limitations and lost a scholarship. The players could have transferred but didnt. The Huskies finished 20-10 in Ollies first year. They took the hit and made it back to the biggest stage. "Its actually very impressive," NCAA president Mark Emmert said Sunday. "To see that team hold together. I think its a commitment to those young men on that team that hung together." The leader of the group is All-American Shabazz Napier who leads the team in almost every statistical category. Hes the guy who makes the big shot or big pass. Fellow guard Ryan Boatright has taken some of the spotlight recently for his defensive performances against the likes of Keith Appling of Michigan State and Scottie Wilbekin of Florida. "Defence is the biggest thing for me. The points will come," Boatright said. "I want to make him uncomfortable, dont let him get in a rhythm or flow. Their guards, God blessed them with height and they will try to take advantage of smaller guys like us but Ive been the smaller guy my whole life and Ive never backed down." Kentucky is playing its best basketball lately, led by big man Julius Randle and the Harrison twins. "We just had too much talent and we saw in spurts how good we could be," Randle said, "so it just felt like it was a matter of time before it clicked." This is Caliparis fourth Final Four, but the first two -- Massachusetts in 1996 and Memphis in 2008 -- were vacated over NCAA rules violations. Now the Wildcats are on an 11-game winning streak in the NCAA tournament and they are one win from a ninth national championship for Kentucky. "We all play the game of basketball to compete against the best," Napier said. "This is one of them games. ... They worked hard to get to this point and we did too. Were going to do our best to get this W." Evan Boehm Jersey . He, the 25-year-old Toronto backup net-minder and Manitoba native, would be making just his fourth start in the past 16 games against the Jets the following evening. It was the word of opportunity for Reimer, who has fallen into the role of backup, outmatched in recent weeks by Jonathan Bernier, his Quebec counterpart. Andre Smith Jersey . Manager Ryan Nelsen has confirmed Brazilian No. 1 Julio Cesar will be rested for Wednesdays first leg of the semifinal. That opens the door for Bendik, who started 33 games for Toronto last season. http://www.cheapcardinalsjerseyssale.com/?tag=sam-bradford-jersey-sale .com) - New England Patriots starting center Bryan Stork will not play in Sundays AFC Championship against Indianapolis due to a knee injury the rookie sustained last week.In his last prediction column of the season, Ian Holloway runs the rule over the three Football League play-off finals - all live on Sky Sports. Hull and Sheffield Wednesday face off for a place in the Premier League in Saturdays Championship showdown, while the League One final pits Barnsley and Millwall on Sunday and Mondays League Two finale see Plymouth take on AFC Wimbledon.ChampionshipHull City v Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday from 4.00pm, Sky Sports 1HD) Sheffield Wednesday celebrated wildly in front of their fans after an aggregate win over Brighton Will it be the experience and strength in depth that Hull City have in abundance that will shine on the day or will it be the surprise package in Sheffield Wednesday, who have a little bit more flair about them? I cant wait to find out. Its going to be a fascinating game. I believe Hull could beat any Premier League side on their day. However, the only thing consistent about them is their inconsistency. They demolished Derby in the first leg and then wobbled badly in the second leg and scraped over the line. Curtis Davies is hoping Hulls previous Wembley experience will help with their Championship play-off final with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday Sheffield Wednesday will look to play quick pass-and-move attacking football - is that the right way to unlock Steve Bruces defence? That back four is exceptional. Theres more than enough quality on both teams to turn a game with one bit of skill - Robert Snodgrass, Ross Wallace, Fernando Forresteri and Abel Hernandez to name just a few. Play Fantasy Six-a-Side Pick your Championship play-off final team to win ￡10,000. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg between Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday However, Ive just got a sneaky feeling Wednesday, who believe theyre on the way back, will be celebrating in the Wembley sunshine on Saturday after a dramatic extra-time victory. OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 6/1) with Sheffield Wednesday to win extra-time (12/1) League OneMillwall v Barnsley (Sunday from 2.00pm, Sky Sports 1HD) Lee Gregory helped Millwall to semi-final victory over Bradford Picking a winner here is tough. J. J. Nelson Jersey. Barnsley are the most successful team this calendar year in the country while Millwall are building something special with a team that all are pulling in the same direction.Its that spirit that makes me think Neil Harris and his boys will get the job done on Sunday. They started the season slowly but grew as the year went on and are peaking at just the right time. Highlights of the Sky Bet League One playoff semi-final second leg between Walsall and Barnsley The front two of Lee Gregory, whom I fancy to score first, and Steve Morison are among the best around as a duo. Theyve got one of their own in charge and a few of their own on the pitch. That makes a huge difference when youre looking for that extra bit of edge in a final. OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 to Millwall in 90 minutes (Sky Bet odds 7/1) League TwoPlymouth v AFC Wimbledon (Monday from 2.00pm, Sky Sports 1HD) Lyle Taylor was a key man in AFC Wimbledons success My heart is telling me to go for Plymouth but my head is saying AFC Wimbledon.Id love to see the Green Army do it - the sight of 30,000 of them coming up the M4 will be a wonderful picture. They will have been disappointed not to have got automatic promotion under Derek Adams but this is a more exciting way to go up - no doubt. Scott Minto struggled to keep his composure after Ian Holloway cracked a joke about Adebayo Akinfenwa in his post-match analysis However, I was taken aback by the scenes at Accrington Stanley where Wimbledon came back from the dead.The spirit in that dressing room is phenomenal. Most teams would have crumbled falling 2-0 behind. 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