Mathies is Kentucky's quiet leader

Wildcats need guard to rise to the occasion vs. UConn to reach Final Four

Originally Published: March 25, 2012
By Graham Hays | espnW

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Two of the best team defenses in college basketball will try to prove otherwise when No. 1 seed Connecticut faces No. 2 Kentucky on Tuesday night, but Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma has been on this stage often enough for his words to carry a certain gravitas.

You earn a chance to play for a spot in the Final Four because of a collective effort. The top eight seeds are still playing because they are too much better, too much deeper than the rest of the field.

But ...

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