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Breaking down the keys to Kentucky-UConn

Updated: December 9, 2009, 1:11 PM ET
By Fran Fraschilla
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'm looking forward to seeing Kentucky and Connecticut square off at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. It's got all the elements of a classic battle. Here's my breakdown of the matchup:

Overview: Let's face it -- you won't see John Calipari and Jim Calhoun teaming up in the three-legged race at the next Calhoun family picnic. So part of the intrigue of this game, frankly, will be the giant test of wills on each sideline. Both coaches thrive on big games in the spotlight and neither coach shies away from early-season games of this magnitude.

Both Kentucky and Connecticut are a long way from the teams they will be in March. So this game is a good barometer because weaknesses will be probed on both sides. This type of game often comes down to mental toughness and understanding that "playing hard" is just as much a skill as shooting or passing.

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