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UK Beats Indiana; U of L Faces Florida for Final Four Berth

The Kentucky Wildcats have advanced to the Elite Eight of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament with a 102-90 victory over Indiana.

UK will take on Baylor Sunday in the final of the South Region for a chance to reach its second straight Final Four.

Baylor defeated Xavier in the other regional semifinal Friday in Atlanta

The Louisville Cardinals are one victory away from their first Final Four appearance since 2005.

Coach Rick Pitino’s team takes on Florida today in the West Region final in Phoenix. The Gators are coached by Billy Donovan, who played for Pitino at Providence 25 years ago and was his coaching protégé at Kentucky.

“I do think the game is really about the players that are playing in the game, that are going to be competing on Saturday. Because both teams have earned the right to play. The competition part of it will never, ever get in the way, for me, of our relationship, ever,” Donovan said.

U of L and Florida will tip off at 4:30pm today.

In the women’s NCAA tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats return to action in the Sweet Sixteen round Sunday, taking on Gonzaga.

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NCAA: U of L Wins; UK and IU Meet Friday; Bellarmine Eliminated

The Louisville Cardinals are one victory away from their first NCAA Final Four appearance since 2005.

U of L upset Michigan State 57-44 last night to advance to the Elite Eight round of the men’s basketball tournament and will face Florida Saturday in Phoenix. Tipoff is 4:30pm Eastern time. The game will pit Cards coach Rick Pitino against his protege, Gators’ coach Billy Donovan.

Chane Behanan led the Cards in scoring with 15 points and Gorgui Dieng added nine blocked shots.

The Kentucky Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers square off tonight in the South Region semifinals in Atlanta.

Indiana won the teams’ regular season meeting in December. IU coach Tom Crean says the Wildcats are playing better as a unit.

“As good as each individual player is on the team, I think it’s a great credit to (UK Coach) John (Calipari) in a way that no matter who’s there, no matter who’s not there, they continue to play at a really high level,” Crean said.

Many are predicting that this is UK’s year to win the title, but Calipari says that’s the expectation from the Wildcat fan base every season.

“And I love our fans. They’re crazy. They watch the game tapes three times. I don’t watch the game tapes three times. But that’s coaching and playing at Kentucky. It’s a little different, let me say that,” he said.

Kentucky and Indiana will tip off at 9:45 tonight.

In the men’s Division II tournament, defending champ Bellarmine’s quest for a second straight national title came to an end last night as the Knights fell to Montevallo of Alabama 79-72 in a Final Four game.

Montevallo will take on Western Washington Saturday for the championship.

(Photo courtesy of NCAA/Getty Images)

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NCAA: Cards Face Michigan State Tonight; Bellarmine In Final Four; UK-IU Friday

The Louisville Cardinals return to the court tonight in the men’s NCAA tournament.

The fourth seeded Cards take on number one seed Michigan State in a West Region semifinal in Phoenix. Tipoff is set for 7:47pm.

The Kentucky Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers square off tomorrow night in the South Region.

Indiana won the teams’ regular season meeting in December. IU coach Tom Crean (pictured) says the Wildcats are now playing better as a unit.

“As good as each individual player is on the team, I think it’s a great credit to (UK Coach John Calipari) in a way that no matter who’s there, no matter who’s not there, they continue to play at a really high level. I don’t think that defensive field goal percentage is an accident. I think they’re really, really good,” Crean said.

Kentucky and Indiana will tip off at 9:45pm tomorrow in Atlanta.

In the men’s Division II tournament, defending champ Bellarmine takes on Montevallo tonight for the chance to play for another national title Saturday.

Tipoff at Northern Kentucky University is 9:30pm.

(Photo courtesy of Indiana University)

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More NCAA Basketball Tournament Action On Tap This Week

NCAA basketball resumes this week across the country. The Louisville Cards, Kentucky Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers have reached the Sweet Sixteen round of the men’s Division I tournament.

Kentucky gets a rematch Friday with Indiana, the team that handed the Wildcats the first of their two losses with a buzzer-beater back in December.

UK Coach John Calipari says he’s glad to see the two storied programs face off in a big tournament game but he doesn’t want to go up against his old friend, Indiana Coach Tom Crean.

“I cannot stand playing friends, because if they win, I’m sick after the game. And if I win I enjoy it, but I don’t enjoy it. I know what they’re going through because I know how it is,” he said.

UK and IU will play Friday in Atlanta at 9:45pm.

The Louisville Cards resume tournament play Thursday against top-seeded Michigan State.  Tipoff is 7:47pm.
U of L coach Rick Pitino says he was relieved for his players that they got through the first two rounds, with wins over Davidson and Iowa State.

“I’ve never had a group like this in my life. I have to drive them beyond your wildest imagination. But there’s twelve unbelievable guys that just really pulled together. We’ve had three major knee injuries and I wanted it for them because they’ve worked so hard, they’ve had so much adversity and I wanted them to have the experience that I’ve been through,” Pitino said.   

In the Division II tournament, the defending champion Bellarmine Knights play Alabama-Huntsville Wednesday for a Final Four berth.

And in the women’s NCAA tournament, Louisville takes on Maryland tonight, while Kentucky meets Wisconsin-Green Bay in second round play.

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NCAA: Cards, Cats and Hoosiers Headed to Sweet Sixteen

The Louisville Cards are headed to the Sweet Sixteen of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. U of L held off New Mexico 59-56 last night to advance to next week’s West Region semifinals in Phoenix.

The Cards will face the winner of today’s Michigan State/St. Louis game.

The Kentucky Wildcats will face the Indiana Hoosiers next week in the South Region semifinals in Atlanta.

UK defeated Iowa State 87-71, while the Hoosiers got by Virginia Commonwealth 63-61.
Indiana handed UK its only loss of the regular season with a buzzer-beater shot in December.

Murray State was eliminated from the tournament yesterday by Marquette.

In the women’s NCAA tournament, Louisville defeated Michigan State to advance to Monday’s second round game against Maryland. Kentucky defeated McNeese State and will face Green Bay on Monday.

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NCAA: Kentucky, Indiana Advance To Sweet Sixteen; Will Meet in Atlanta

The Kentucky Wildcats defeated Iowa State 87-71 tonight to advance to the Sweet Sixteen round of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. UK will meet Indiana next week at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in the South Region semifinals.

The Hoosiers defeated Virginia Commonwealth 63-61 tonight.

The victories set up a rematch between IU and UK. The Hoosiers defeated the Wildcats 73-72 during the regular season.

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U of L, UK, Murray State and IU Victorious in NCAA Tournament

The Louisville Cards have advanced in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament with a 69-62 victory over Davidson yesterday in a West Region game in Portland, Oregon.

The Cards will face New Mexico Saturday.

U of L guard Peyton Siva says his team wasn’t haunted by memories of the past two tournaments, when the Cards lost in the opening round.

“Everbody was just focusing on Davidson today. Everybody really focused on defense…we watched a lot of film and tried to learn what they do inside and out,” Siva said.

At the KFC Yum Center, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated Western Kentucky 81-66. UK will take on Iowa State Saturday in Louisville. The Cyclones defeated defending champion Connecticut to advance to the Saturday round.

Murray State advanced with a 58-41 victory over Colorado State. The Racers face Marquette Saturday in Louisville.

Indiana defeated New Mexico State 79-66. The Hoosiers will take on Virginia Commonweath Saturday in Portland.

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Area Teams Open Play Thursday in NCAA Tournament

The men’s NCAA basketball tournament gets into full swing tomorrow, with four Kentucky teams and the Indiana Hoosiers taking the court.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers hope to extend their surprising post-season run with a victory against top-seeded Kentucky at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. Tipoff is 6:50pm.

Western freshman forward George Fant says he’ll be ready for the Wildcats.

“I’m going to play defense, I’m going to rebound. Doesn’t matter what the name says on the jersey, we’re going to keep playing the way we’ve been playing. We’ve got a game plan; we’re going to execute it,” he said.

Murray State opens tournament play at 12:15pm at the Yum Center against Colorado State.

The Louisville Cards’ first round game is at 1:40pm in Portland, Oregon, where they’ll take on Davidson.

The Indiana Hoosiers are also in Portland. They’ll face New Mexico State at 9:45pm.

The Bellarmine Knights are off until Wednesday in the men’s Division Two tournament. The defending national champs take on Alabama-Huntsville in the Elite Eight round at Northern Kentucky University.

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Pairings Set For Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Kentucky Wildcats are the overall number one seed in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament and will open play this week at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville.

UK ‘s first-round game is Thursday against the winner of Tuesday’s Western Kentucky/Mississippi Valley State play-in game.

The Louisville Cards are a number four seed in the tournament. They’ll take on Davidson Thursday in Portland, Oregon.

Murray State is a number six seed. The Racers take on Colorado State Thursday in Louisville.

Fifth seeded Indiana takes on New Mexico State Thursday in Portland.

A link to the NCAA bracket is here.

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College Basketball: UK Wins, IU Loses, U of L Back In Action Tonight

In college basketball, the Kentucky Wildcats held off Louisiana State 60-51 today in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led UK with 19 points.

Kentucky will play either Alabama or Florida at noon tomorrow in the semifinals.

In the Big Ten Tournament, Indiana was eliminated by Wisconsin today, 79-71.

Louisville returns to action tonight in the Big East Tournament in New York, taking on Notre Dame in a semifinal game. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:00pm.