LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's remarkable March demonstrates that how you finish is more important than how you start.
The Wildcats were expected to be brief postseason participants after beginning the month losing two of three Southeastern Conference games and falling out of the Top 25 heading into the league tournament. Kentucky (28-10) has won six of its last seven to reach its third Final Four in four years.
The way Kentucky stumbled into the postseason, not many expected the young Wildcats to put together this surprising NCAA tournament run.
While the Wildcats started the season No. 1 as a collection of talented individuals, they are playing with the poise and cohesion that was missing. Kentucky has won close games and is within two games of its ninth national championship.