Saturday's title game features two teams with starkly different Big East histories -- one looking to return to glory after two decades on the lam and another aiming to spark a legacy in its first year among the big boys.
Kentucky coach John Calipari literally shredded his team's regular-season game tape in preparation for postseason play. The reinvigorated Wildcats looked every bit like a talented and dangerous March team in their SEC Tournament opener.
Iowa State's Georges Niang did it all Friday night -- led the Cyclones with 25 points and 7 assists, pushed his team to its first Big 12 title game since 2000, and just for good measure, left with a bloody gash to the forehead in the closing minutes. All in a day's work.