Two down, two to go. There are two more Final Four spots up for grabs on Sunday and the third-seeded Baylor Bears will try to knock out the top overall seed Kentucky Wildcats in the South Regional final. The winner wins a date with Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals in New Orleans.
Kentucky breezed through the first two games and then had a little more trouble putting away Indiana in the Sweet 16, the only team to beat them in the regular season. While the Hoosiers were able to score at will at times against the Cats' defense, Coach Calipari's crew scored at an even more astounding pace, pouring in 102 points.
Although the Wildcats are heavily favored in this regional final, the Bears are no Cinderella squad. Baylor, playing in its second Elite Eight game in three years, features a very athletic lineup led by Perry Jones III and Quincy Acy.
Will Kentucky's talent be too much for Baylor? Or will the Baylor advance to its third ever Final Four?
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Davis gets the defensive rebound and is fouled right away. Draws blood too from his lower lip.
Jackson swishes a 3 to cut the lead to 10. Heslip draws a charging foul on Lamb. 46.9 seconds left.
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Lamb missed both and Jackson went to his right and slammed in a two-handed dunk. 76-65 Kentucky with 1:06 left. Lamb is going back to the line.
Bello commits another foul. Heslip is coming in for Bello and now Lamb is going to the line.
Teague makes one of two after a foul on Bello and then Jackson drives through the lane and makes the righty layup. 76-63 with 1:24 left. Baylor timeout.
Teague gets a defensive rebound and launches it to Davis down the court but he collides with Franklin. He got right back up but I just still don't get why he's in.
Kentucky turns the ball over and Bello is fouled on the dunk attempt. That's 5 on Kidd-Gilchrist and he is done.
Davis makes one of two. Then PJ3 sinks an amazing alley-oop. Seems too little too late though. 74-58 Kentucky. TV Timeout.
|@ RTCSouthRegion : Announced attendance here is just shy of 25,000. Would love to know the number of fans wearing blue or white.|
Davis calls for the alley-oop but is fouled on the way up. Kentucky fans everywhere just gasped. But he's ok...
Teague goes to the hoop, dishes it to Jones under the basket for the easy layup. 73-56 Kentucky with 3:45 left.
Kentucky is on an 8-2 run over the last 2 minutes. Jones just made 2 free throws. 71-52 Kentucky.
Jones miss the second free throw, gets his own rebound and slams it hom with a two-handed dunk. 69-50 Kentucky. That was amazing. That wasn't a long rebound. PJ3 hits a turnaround jumper on the baseline
69-52 KENTUCKY WITH 6 MINUTES LEFT
Kidd-Gilchrist gets the ball out in transition after a missed layup by Baylor and KG sinks the layup. 67-50 Kentucky. 6:40 left. Wildcats are starting to run away with this. That was fast.
|@ RTCSouthRegion : Baylor fans urging the Bears to get this to within single digits. That prompts Big Blue Nation to rise to their feet.|