NCAA Travel Championship: Lexington vs. Storrs

As 2 storied basketball programs square off for a chance to be crowned national champions, check out the sites, venues and attractions that make the universities of Kentucky and Connecticut unique.

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William T. Young Library in Kentucky
William T. Young Library in Kentucky

William T. Young Library in Kentucky

Campus vs. Campus
The William T. Young Library on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
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Strong Hall on Kansas Campus

Strong Hall on Kansas Campus

Campus vs. Campus
The Jayhawk statue outside of Strong Hall on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.
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Rupp Arena in Kentucky

Rupp Arena in Kentucky

Venue vs. Venue
Rupp Arena plays host to the Kentucky Wilcats men's basketball team.
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Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Venue vs. Venue
Phog Allen fieldhouse plays host to the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
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The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

Landmark vs. Landmark
The Kentucky Horse Park boasts over 1,220 acres of rolling greens and plenty of beautiful horses.
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Douglas County COurthouse in Lawrence

Douglas County COurthouse in Lawrence

Landmark vs. Landmark
Douglas County Courthouse sits on the south end of downtown Lawrence.
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Downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington

Skyline vs. Skyline
Downtown Lexington, KY.
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Downtown Lawrence

Downtown Lawrence

Skyline vs. Skyline
Downtown Lawrence, KS.
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The Woodford Reserve Distillery

The Woodford Reserve Distillery

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink
According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, 95% of bourbon, America's only native spirit, is produced in Kentucky.
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Kansas is Known for Their Ribs

Kansas is Known for Their Ribs

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink
Kansas is known for their barbecue, especially their ribs.
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Lextran in Lexington

Lextran in Lexington

Transportation vs. Transportation
Lextran.
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KU on Wheels

KU on Wheels

Transportation vs. Transportation
KU on Wheels.
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Adam at the Kentucky Derby
Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

While at the Kentucky Derby, Adam hops on the bar to dance with a bunch of revelers at Down the Stretch Lounge. 960 1280

  

Down the Stretch Lounge’s smoker

Down the Stretch Lounge’s smoker

Needing a snack, Adam heads over to the Down the Stretch Lounge’s smoker, where the pit master, Reed, has prepared 600 pounds of meat with a special, julep-inspired glaze. 960 1280

  

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Derby fans have turned this historic 2-minute race into a weeklong, citywide celebration complete with tasty food. 960 1280

  

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

While on official “hat watch,” Adam meets a group of fans who combine tradition and debauchery with their hat décor of red cups filled with paper roses. 960 1280

  

Red velvet funnel cake

Red velvet funnel cake

It doesn’t get much more decadent than red velvet funnel cake sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with cream cheese icing. 960 1280

  

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam poses with the boys of Down The Stretch Lounge, a full-size, custom-built bar in the Churchill Downs parking lot. 960 1280

  

Hillbilly Outfield

Hillbilly Outfield

Adam dishes out some slow-roasted vegetables at the Hillbilly Outfield, a massive Derby party held in the backyard of a superfan named Jim. 960 1280

  

Outfield's Hillbilly Jail

Outfield's Hillbilly Jail

Adam makes a quick stop at the Outfield's Hillbilly Jail before joining the owner at the bar, where he indulges in some adult-themed cocktails with names like Hillbilly Punch and Buck Tooth Blonde. 960 1280

  

Adam poses with the 3 Yascone sisters

Adam poses with the 3 Yascone sisters

Adam poses with the 3 Yascone sisters and their mother, all decked out in their Derby finest. 960 1280

  

Inside Churchill Downs

Inside Churchill Downs

Fans inside Churchill Downs keep it classy with finger sandwiches. 960 1280

  

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

Lovely ladies dressed in their finest Derby attire bring in trays of food and mint juleps to share with the assembled fans. 960 1280

  

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam offers a few Derby devotees mint juleps for the toast he is about to make. 960 1280

  

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam at the Kentucky Derby

Adam gives a toast to true Derby “fandemonium”! 960 1280