UK advanced to their first Super Regional in program history (this was only the second time they have even hosted a Regional). Davidson and Sam Houston State are also making their first Super Regional appearances.
While UK has plenty of talent, they've been perennial underachievers in the SEC. They are the only conference member never to have made it to the College World Series.
Much of the credit should go to their first-year coach, Nick Mingione. He spent his prior seven years as an assistant at Mississippi State and stocked his staff with veteran assistant coaches. Louisville used a similar approach to build their program.
Yes, the spring weather is "better" in Louisville and Lexington compared to South Bend, but still much worse than in the locations of most of their conference counterparts. Perhaps whenever Notre Dame hires their next coach, they should consider an assistant from a tradition-rich baseball program.