Kentucky. Louisville. Rick Pitino. John Calipari. Final Four. Winner adds to their legacy while getting a shot for more in the national championship game Monday night. It's hard to get bigger than that.
The Wildcats, the top seed in the tournament, steamrolled through the South Region flexing their muscles en route to their second consecutive Final Four appearance. Meanwhile, the Cardinals haven't lost since the regular season finale against Syracuse. Louisville, just like UConn last year, went on an incredible run to win the Big East Tournament and then carried that momentum all the way to New Orleans.
Will Rick Pitino, who won a national championship with Kentucky in 1996, get a chance to become the first coach ever to win a title with two different schools? Or will John Calipari get one game closer to his first ever national championship?
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|@ ESPNAndyKatz : Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis finish this one off. Kentucky on to the national title game to face Ohio State or Kansas.|
|@ ESPNHomeCourt : Big Blue wins the Bluegrass Battle! #Kentucky proves too tough for #Louisville and are ONE win away from a title. http://t.co/ruwXE3pX|
|@ chadfordinsider : Davis: 18 pts, 14 Rebs, 5 blks 7-8 from field|
KG gets around Siva and throws down a two handed dunk over Dieng. But Blackshear makes a 3 on the other end. 67-61 Kentucky with under 30 seconds. But KG gets the loose ball under the basket and slams in another one. This game is over. Louisville taking their time.
|@ dgoneil1 : Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Davis... and so on.|
|@ ESPNAndyKatz : OK, not usually what you need to do to win if you're Lou, shoot an air ball by Siva after a sweet finish from Davis (assist to MKG).|
|@ JimmyD_ESPN : That is what the number one pick in the draft looks like.|
wow. KG finds Anthony Davis with an alley-oop pass. Davis slammed it in with one hand. That was probably it. Siva misses badly on a 3 on the other end.
Siva drives right to the hoop and slams in a one-handed dunk. Kuric forces a steal and Russ Smith gets fouled on the layup. 63-57 Kentucky with 1:23 left.
Lamb misses a running layup, Terrence Jones gets the rebound and throws down a two-handed dunk while getting fouled by Behanan. 2:27 left and Kentucky has a 62-53 lead after Jones misses the free throw.
Behanan misses a 3 from the corner. Anthony Davis gets the rebound. And Lamb is called for an offensive foul knocking down Blackshear.
|@ YahooForde : Louisville hasn't gotten good shots last few possessions. On ropes now, down nine. See what Pitino comes out of timeout with.|
|@ SEC_Craig : Since Louisville tied the score at 49, UK has outscored the Cards 11-2. Cats up 60-51 with 3:37 left|
Kuric misses a 3 from the corner. Darius Miller gets the rebound. Kentucky is in control.
Dieng misses a shot in the paint and Kentucky gets the rebound. Miller takes Kuric into the lane and draws a shooting foul.
Russ Smith misses a layup and Darius Miller knocks down a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 58-51 Kentucky with 5:04 to go.
Terrence Jones makes a runner on the left side. Russ Smith turns it over on the other end but Anthony Davis is called for a charge.