Kansas, Kentucky to Meet in Power-Program Final

The Jayhawks hunt for their fourth NCAA championship, the Wildcats their eighth. 

Posted: 04/02/2012 12:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jayhawks or Wildcats, take your pick. Either can make a case for this being "their" year.

For Kansas, a season that started with low expectations keeps getting better, filled with high-wire comebacks and a feeling this is simply meant to be.

For Kentucky, a cadre of NBA-caliber players have had the word "champion" practically imprinted on their chests since they gathered at Rupp Arena for the season's first practice.

They meet Monday for the NCAA championship, a history-filled matchup between the two winningest programs in college basketball history. This is the one-and-dones at Kentucky vs. the upperclassmen at Kansas; Anthony Davis vs. Thomas Robinson in a battle of All-Americans.

The Jayhawks, at 32-6, are going for their fourth championship, while the Wildcats, at 37-2, are going for their eighth.

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