NEWARK, N.J. — In an NCAA tournament full of upsets and newcomers, Kentucky and North Carolina have turned the East region into an oasis of sanity.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (28-8) face the second-seeded Tar Heels (29-7) on Sunday for a chance to return to a familiar destination: the Final Four. College basketball's two winningest programs have combined for 31 trips to the national semifinals and a dozen national titles.

North Carolina edged the Wildcats 75-73 in December, but both schools look vastly different now. Freshman point guard Kendall Marshall has stabilized the Tar Heels with his steady play.

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Kentucky, which couldn't win a close game two months ago, has become unflappable in the clutch behind brilliant shotmaking by freshman guard Brandon Knight.

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