Kentucky (35-4) vs Arizona (24-9)

March 31, 1997|By Don Markus

What: NCAA tournament championship game

Where: RCA Dome, Indianapolis

When: Tonight, 9: 12

Line: Kentucky by 7

How they got here: Kentucky defeated Montana, 92-54; Iowa, 75-69; St. Joseph's, 83-68; Utah, 72-59; and Minnesota, 78-69. Arizona beat South Alabama, 65-57; College of Charleston, 73-69; Kansas, 85-82; Providence, 96-92, in overtime; and North Carolina, 66-58.

Conference record: Kentucky finished 15-3, second in the SEC East. Arizona finished 11-7, fifth in the Pac-10.

Ranking: Kentucky was No. 5 in final AP poll, Arizona No. 15.

NCAA tournament record: Kentucky is 77-34 in 39 appearances with 12 Final Four trips and six championships. Arizona is 22-15 ++ in 16 appearances with three Final Four trips.

Coaches: Rick Pitino is 219-49 in eight years at Kentucky, 352-123 in 15 seasons overall. Lute Olson is 340-110 in 14 seasons at Arizona and 532-202 in 24 years overall.

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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