I was looking over the past 15 years worth of NCAA Tournaments, trying to see if I was ever as amped for any regional semifinal as I am for this UCLA-Kentucky matchup Friday night.
The answer is a definitive no. And there have been some really good matchups over the years. I’m talking only in terms of the build-up to those games, not how those games played out. Scanning across the past decade and a half, here are some of the matchups from previous years that I remember being particularly geeked for: Indiana-Duke in 2002; UCLA-Gonzaga in 2006; Syracuse-Butler and Kentucky-Cornell in 2010; Kentucky-Indiana in 2012; Michigan-Kansas in 2013; Kentucky-Louisville in 2014.