New Castle News


March 26, 2012

The Final Four: It's Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State


ST. LOUIS — Kentucky 82,

Baylor 70

ATLANTA (AP) — Top-seeded Kentucky cruised into the Final Four for the second year in a row, blitzing Baylor with a dominating first half in the South Regional final.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 19 points and the Wildcats (36-2) took control with an early 16-0 run. Kentucky led 42-22 at halftime and Baylor (30-8) never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Anthony Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Terrence Jones was all over the place with nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals — most of it in the first 10 minutes.

Kentucky will face state rival Louisville in the NCAA semifinals at New Orleans on Saturday. The Wildcats will be seeking their first national title since 1998.

Quincy Acy led Baylor with 22 points. The Bears were eliminated in the regional final for the second time in three years.

Louisville 72,

Florida 68

PHOENIX (AP) — Freshman forward Chane Behanan made the go-ahead basket with 1:06 left and fourth-seeded Louisville finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Florida on Saturday in the NCAA West Regional final, earning the Cardinals a trip to the Final Four.

Russ Smith, who finished with 19 points, followed Behanan’s bucket with a pair of free throws, then Florida’s Bradley Beal and Kenny Boynton each missed chances to tie.

Louisville (30-9) made one more free throw to seal the game and reach its ninth Final Four, the second under Rick Pitino, despite playing the final 3:58 without point guard Peyton Siva, who fouled out.

The win also kept Pitino undeafeated against his protege, Florida coach Billy Donovan.

The seventh-seeded Gators went out in the regional final for the second straight year, with Donovan falling to 0-7 lifetime against the man who coached him at Providence, hired him as an assistant at Kentucky and felt as proud as a papa when Donovan won his two national titles.

The Gators, who led by 11 points in the second half, went cold — really cold — after an incredible shooting display in the opening half. They went 8 for 11 from 3-point range in the first, then missed all nine attempts from beyond the arc in the second.

The Gators missed seven shots and committed one turnover over the last 2:30.

Behanan scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, including nine over the last 8:02 and Louisville’s last two field goals — both after Siva left with nine points and eight assists.

Beal and Erik Murphy each had 14 points for Florida.

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