Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Travis Releford (24) drives to the basket past Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Final Four 2012: Kansas Jayhawks Advance To Championship Game With 64-62 Win

The Kansas Jayhawks came back from down 13 in the first half and hung on to beat Ohio State 64-62.

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2012 NCAA Finals, Kentucky Vs. Kansas Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks have battled their way through to the Finals of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will tip off against each other for the National Championship on Monday evening.

The Jayhawks knocked out of the Tournament early from the previous two NCAA Tournaments, but have been able to make their way to the Finals, powered by most of their players having experienced the previous stinging losses. The two-seeded Jayhawks took out Detroit in the first round, then slipped by Purdue and N.C. State, and then beat a North Carolina team without their starting point guard. In the Final Four the Jayhawks went on a late rally, including a 15-2 run late in the game to get past the Ohio State Buckeyes and advance to the Finals.

The Wildcats earn a one-seed for the NCAA tournament and have shown why the whole way through the tournament thus far. Kentucky has demolished just about every team they have faced so far in the tournament, beating up on Western Kentucky, Iowa State, pulling away from Indiana, and beating up on Baylor. In the Final Four, the Wildcats jumped out to an early lead over the Louisville Cardinals, but the Cardinals battled back and kept the game close until right near the end. Kentucky hit their shots and free throws late in the game to pull out the win.

Game Time: Monday, 9:23 PM ET, April 2, 2012

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

TV: CBS

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Final Four 2012, Ohio State Vs. Kansas Final Score: Jayhawks Hang On For 64-62 Comeback Win

In a game that went right down to the wire, the Kansas Jayhawks once again made big plays down the stretch and held on to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 64-62.

Tyshawn Taylor made two clutch free throws late, and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to lift the Jayhawks to the come from behind win over Ohio State in the second of Saturday's national semifinal contests. The Jayhawks (32-6) won despite trailing by as many as 13 in this one, and for the entire game only held a lead for a total of 3 minutes, 48 seconds.

William Buford played great in the last game of his collegiate career, scoring 19 points to lead the Buckeyes. Jared Sullinger added 13 points and ten rebounds, but his team fell just a little short.

With the victory Kansas will now face the Kentucky Wildcats in Monday night's title game. The Wildcats defeated Louisville by a score of 69-61 in the early game.

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Final Four 2012, Ohio State Vs. Kansas Score Update: Buckeyes Hold 34-25 Lead At Halftime

Led by an aggressive defense effort, the Ohio State Buckeyes have raced to a 34-25 halftime lead over the Kansas Jayhawks in the second National Semifinal game of the evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kansas trailed by double digits late in the half before making a run to close the gap and get within striking distance.

Aaron Craft has set the tone for Ohio State defensively was with his relentless on the ball pressure. Craft has two steals in the first half and is making it difficult for the Jayhawks to get into any type of flow offensively. As a team Kansas is only shooting 36.7% from the field, but is managing to hang around due to the efforts of Thomas Robinson and Travis Releford, who have scored 8 and 7 points respectively.

William Buford, who has struggled of late for the Buckeyes, is pacing his team with 8 points at the intermission, burying all 3 of his shot attempts. Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas, and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. each added 7 points for Ohio State.

The winner of this game will meet up with the Kentucky Wildcats in Monday night's title game. The Wildcats defeated Louisville by a score of 69-61 earlier this evening.

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2012 Final Four, Kentucky vs. Louisville: Wildcats Hold Off Cardinals, Win National Semifinal 69-61

Behind the superb pay of freshman Anthony Davis, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Louisville Cardinals by a score of 69-61 to advance to the NCAA Championship game on Monday evening. Davis, recently named the AP National Player of the Year, finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocked shots.

Trailing 35-28 at halftime, Louisville (30-10) later feel behind by as many as thirteen points in the second half before making a valiant run. They managed to tie the game at 49 with a little under ten minutes to play, but in the end Kentucky's superior talent level and skill took over. Guard Darius Miller came off the bench and added 13 points for the Wildcats, who are seeking to win their his first national title under coach John Calipari.

Louisville was bothered by Kentucky's length and defensive intensity all game, and shot just 34.8 percent as a team from the field. Peyton Siva scored 11 points to lead the Cardinals, with Chane Behanan adding ten points and nine rebounds.

Kentucky (37-2) will play the winner of Kansas-Ohio State in Monday night’s title game.

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Final Four 2012, Kentucky Vs. Louisville Score Update: Wildcats Hold 35-28 Lead At Halftime

The Kentucky Wildcats jumped out to a quick lead over the Louisville Cardinals, as the Cardinals struggled to sink shots and everything for the Wildcats went in. Kentucky cooled off and the Cardinals were able to collect themselves, but the Wildcats still took a 35-28 lead into halftime.

For the Wildcats, they once again put on a show of dunks thanks to some ally-oops by guys like Anthony Davis, who finished the first half with eight points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague also finished up the first half with eight points each, but the Wildcats shot just 20 percent from the three-point line, hitting on just a single three-point shot.

Louisville was able to weather the early storm by the Wildcats and got the game back to a more manageable score at halftime. Chane Behanan led Louisville in scoring with six points and five rebounds, but the Cardinals spread the ball and their scoring around. Surprisingly, the Cardinals also wound up out rebounding the Wildcats at halftime 15-14, which left Kentucky head coach John Calipari heated as he went into the locker room.

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Ohio State Vs. Kansas Game Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

The late game of the Final Four on Saturday is the less heralded of the two match ups, but most think it might wind up being the better overall basketball game. The matchup pits the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks have been bounced early from the previous two NCAA Tournaments, but have been able to make their way to the Final Four of the 2012 Tournament, powered by most of their players having experienced the previous stinging losses. The two-seeded Jayhawks took out Detroit in the first round, then slipped by Purdue and N.C. State, and then beat a North Carolina team without their starting point guard.

The Ohio State Buckeyes had a much less rough road to the Final Four than the Jayhawks did, with the closest win coming by seven points to the Syracuse Orange in the Elite Eight. In the first round the Buckeyes took out Loyola, then moved on to beat Gonzaga and they beat up on Cincinnati to get to the Elite Eight. Both Ohio State and Kansas are looking for return trips to the Championship Game, but only one will get to make it.

Game Time: 8:49 PM ET, March 31, 2012

Location: Superdome, New Orleans, LA

TV Coverage: CBS

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, and Steve Kerr

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Louisville Vs. Kentucky Game Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

The 2012 Final Four tips off with a matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats, commonly referred to as "The Civil War", being as both teams are from Kentucky, The Bluegrass State. Louisville earned a four-seed in the NCAA tournament and made their way through the 2012 NCAA Tournament beating Davidson, narrowly escaping New Mexico, beating up on Michigan State, and needing a big-time comeback against the Florida Gators to move on to the Final Four.

The Wildcats earn a one-seed for the NCAA tournament and have shown why the whole way through the tournament thus far. Kentucky has demolished every team they have faced so far in the tournament, beating up on Western Kentucky, Iowa State, pulling away from Indiana, and beating up on Baylor. Kentucky lost only twice all season, falling to Indiana and Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament and right now look like a team focused on the NCAA Championship.

Saturday's game between the two teams is the fifth time they will match up in the NCAA tournament, splitting the first four games.

Game Time: 6:09 PM ET, March 31, 2012

Location: Superdome, New Orleans, LA

TV Coverage: CBS

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, and Steve Kerr

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2012 Final Four Game Times, TV Coverage, Live Streaming And More

Saturday in New Orleans should see some epic battles as part of the 2012 NCAA Tournament Final Four. The early game is an in-state battle, as Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals take on John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats, with the nightcap pitting the Kansas Jayhawks against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Here is all you need to know for tonight's Final Four contests:

Game times: First tip is at 6:09 p.m. ET, with the second game scheduled for approx. 8:49 p.m. ET

Location: Superdome, New Orleans, LA

TV Coverage: CBS

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, and Steve Kerr have the call.

Live Stream: Available at CBSSports.com, here.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Saturday's Final Four Game Schedule

The 2012 NCAA Tournament is unfortunately reaching it's conclusion, but before fans hear "One Shining Moment" late Monday night, there are still four teams left and three games to be played, starting Saturday night in New Orleans at the Final Four.

The early matchup pits bitter Bluegrass State rivals Kentucky against Louisville, the fifth such time these two teams have met in the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats and Cardinals have split the previous four contests. In the overall rivalry, Kentucky has won 18 of the 29 games between the two programs, including a 69-62 victory this season.

In the late game, while no in-state bragging rights are on the line, a coveted spot in tn Monday's championship game can be earned nonetheless, and fans can expect a big man battle when Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks take on Thad Matta's Ohio State Buckeyes.

Here is the schedule for Saturday's two Final Four matchups:

No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 4 Louisville Cardinals, 6:09 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, approx. 8:49 p.m. ET, CBS.

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Final Four 2012 Schedule: Louisville Vs. Kentucky Highlights Saturday Showcase

The 2012 Final Four is set after two Elite 8 games on Sunday, and next weekend will feature two pretty interesting matchups. Here is where you can find both of the games next weekend, both rematches of games we've already seen this season.

The first is between two Schools from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the No. 1 seed UK Wildcats and the No. 4 seed Louisville Cardinals. The Wildcats won the matchup between these two teams earlier this season by seven. That game starts at 6:09 pm ET this coming Sunday and can be seen on CBS.

The other game is between two No. 2 seeds, Ohio State and Kansas. The University of Kansas beat OSU 78-67, but that game was in Lawrence so a neutral site could change things. That game starts at 8:49 pm ET and will also be on CBS.

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March Madness Bracket 2012: Kansas, Kentucky Advance To Final 4

The University of Florida was knocked out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, but while you were still mourning that loss, the Final Four was set with two more Elite Eight games on Sunday.

The first game of the day was kind of boring actually because the University of Kentucky was so good that their game against Baylor wasn't ever in doubt. They had more than double Baylor's points at various times in the first half, and the final score doesn't indicate how "over" this game was right from the get go. When it was all said and done, Kentucky only won 82-70, but it wasn't even that close. They'll face in-state rival Louisville in the Final Four.

The second game of the day was far more competitive. North Carolina was without starting point guard Kendall marshall as they took on No. 2 seed Kansas, and their lack of chemistry on offense was evident in their 80-67 loss. Marshall's absence might have been the difference in this game, as North Carolina never really seemed to click. The Jayhawks will face Ohio St. in the Final Four.

Both match ups are-matches of former games, won by Kentucky and Kansas respectively.

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March Madness Schedule 2012: Sunday's Elite Eight Matchups In South, Midwest Regions

The Louisville Cardinals and Ohio State Buckeyes punched their tickets to New Orleans and the Final Four with wins in the West and East regional finals, and on Sunday combatants in the South and Midwest regional finals will look to do the same.

The first game of the day will see the No. 1 seed in the South, the Kentucky Wildcats, take on the No. 3 seed Baylor Bears. Kentucky's roster is an embarrassment of riches, with the likes of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Doron Lamb taking the floor for head coach John Calipari. Do not shed a tear for the Bears though, as they have a formidable frontline of size and athleticism in Quincy Acy, Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller.

The late game pits Midwest No. 1 seed North Carolina versus No. 2 seed Kansas. The key to this game will likely be whether Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall can play, as the Tar Heels barely survived upset-minded Ohio on Friday night without Marshall.

Here is today's regional finals schedule:

Sunday:

South: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 3 Baylor Bears, 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS
Midwest: No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Ohio State, Louisville Move On To Final Four

A compelling day of Elite 8 action in the West and East regions saw two teams punch their ticket to New Orleans and the Final Four of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

In the East region, Syracuse fell 77-70 to the Ohio State Buckeyes behind the play of big men Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas. Sullinger overcame first-half foul trouble to finish with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Thomas chipped in 14 points and nine boards. This will be Ohio State's first Final Four appearance since 2007, when they lost in the championship game to Florida.

Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals stunned the Florida Gators 72-68 on Saturday in the West regional final, closing the game on a 23-8 run to propel Pitino to his second Final Four appearance at Louisville, and first since 2005. Pitino is now 7-0 against former assistant and protege Billy Donovan, and becomes the first coach to bring three different programs to the Final Four. After making eight of 11 three-pointers in the first half, the Gators missed all nine three-point attempts after halftime.

There are now just two slots left in the Final Four, determined by the Sunday matchups below:

Sunday:

South: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 3 Baylor Bears, 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS
Midwest: No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS

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VIDEO: Louisville Vs. Florida: Chane Behanan Hits Winning Shot; Bradley Beal Travels

The three moments that permanently swung Saturday's West Regional Final between Florida and Louisville are posted below. The last two moments are particularly difficult to watch considering that Bradley Beal has had such a wonderful tournament for the Gators.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. First, here's Chane Behanan's winning shot and Gorgui Deng's block of Beal at the other end.


And here's the goat horns moment, if there has to be one. Florida appears to have one final chance with the ball down one, but an official's whistle intervenes as Beal is called for traveling.


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NCAA Tournament 2012: Louisville Vs. Florida: Gators Let It Slip Away, Lose 72-68

The Florida Gators were denied a fifth trip to the Final Four in their program's history after they blew an 11-point second-half lead and lost to the Louisville Cardinals 72-68 in the West Regional Final Saturday afternoon in Phoenix.

The Gators appeared to be home and dry when Patric Young's slam dunk put them up 65-54 with 8:17 to play. But Florida managed only a single field goal the rest of the way, when Kenny Boynton's driving layup put Florida up 68-66 with 2:42 to play.

Chane Behanan put Louisville ahead to stay with 1:08 to go when his midrange jumper gave the Cardinals a 69-68 lead. Florida missed two opportunities to regain the lead on the ensuing possession, but appeared to have forced a turnover when Bradley Beal intercepted a Louisville pass with 17 seconds left to go. However, Beal inadvertently took too many steps, and the officials gave the ball back to Louisville.

Russ Smith made two foul shots to make the score 71-68, and Florida's last two three-point attempts to tie missed. Wayne Blackshear made one of two foul shots with 2.8 seconds left to seal the win.

Smith led all scorers with 19 points off the bench for the Cardinals, while Behanan added 17. All five Florida starters scored in double figures, with Erik Murphy and Beal scoring 14 points apiece. Erving Walker and Boynton added 12 points apiece and Young scored 11.

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Louisville Vs. Florida: Rick Pitino Gets T'd Up

The Louisville Cardinals have been struggling to get back into their Elite Eight match-up against the Florida Gators and have been convinced that they've been on the short end of the officials' whistles.

Finally, when Peyon Siva picked up his fourth foul with 10:56 left and Louisville trailing 54-47, Louisville head coach Rick Pintino just couldn't take it anymore, and he got a technical foul for his troubles.


As it happened, Erving Walker, who was fouled by Siva on the play, hit both technical free throws to make the score 56-47, and then added his two regularly scheduled foul shots to make the score 58-47. With this game looking like it will go down to the wire, it will be interesting to see how crucial those extra two Florida points will be.

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Louisville Vs. Florida: Patric Young Throws Down Thunderous Dunk

The Florida Gators led the Louisville Cardinals 41-33 at halftime, but the Gators hot shooting ways of the first half have tapered off, and Rick Pitino's club has continued to hang around. With Louisville down just six points eight minutes into the second half, Florida big man Patric Young emphatically put the Gators back up by eight with just over 12 minutes to play.

Young has eight points in the game on four of five shooting from the floor, also grabbing four rebounds. The assist from Erving Walker was the Gator guard's sixth dime of the contest.

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Louisville Vs. Florida: Gators Launch Long Range Attack On Cardinals

The Florida Gators are one half away from New Orleans and the Final Four, leading the Louisville Cardinals 41-33 at the half, thanks to some superhuman three point shooting. The Gators made eight of 11 shots from beyond the three point arc in the first half, with four different Gators making at least two three pointers a piece.

Erik Murphy, Kenny Boynton, Bradley Beal and Erving Walker have all connected from downtown in the first half. Florida led the NCAA during the season in three pointers made per game, at just under 10 per contest, and are just two away from that mark in the first 20 minutes of play.

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Louisville Vs. Florida Score Update: Gators Come Out On Fire, Lead Cardinals 41-33 At Halftime

With a berth in the Final Four on the line, the Florida Gators have come out on fire, leading the Louisville Cardinals 41-33 in a West region Elite Eight matchup.

The Gators are shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in the first half, and have made eight of their 11 three point attempts. Four different Florida players have hit two shots from deep. Kenny Boynton has led the way for the Gators, scoring nine points and dishing out five assists, with Erik Murphy adding 10 points and six rebounds.

Despite the hot shooting of the Gators, the Cardinals have hung around, thanks to the inside-outside presence of Kyle Kuric and Gorgui Dieng. Both Kuric and Dieng have scored eight points for the Cardinals, who as a team shot just 43.8 percent in the half.

With a victory Saturday night, Gators head coach Billy Donovan would make his fourth Final Four appearance.

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March Madness 2012: Billy Donovan Looks For First Win Over Rick Pitino

You could say that Louisville Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and Florida Gators coach Billy Donovan are relatively familiar with each other. After all, Donovan was the point guard on Pitino's 1987 Providence Friars team that made it to the Final Four. When it comes to head-to-head matchups between the two highly regarded coaches, however, Pitino has the clear upper hand.

Pitino is 6-0 all-time against Donovan. Tonight, Donovan will get another chance. His seventh seeded Gators take on Pitino's fourth seeded Cardinals with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

Here's what Pitino had to say on the game against his former star:

‘‘If we were playing team X and we lost, I’d be devastated but professionally respectful,’’ Pitino said. ‘‘But personally, I would be very happy that Billy would be going to the Final Four.’’

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March Madness Schedule 2012: Florida Faces Louisville In Elite Eight Matchup

Only eight teams remain in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and Saturday's action in the West and East regions will determine the first two clubs headed to the Final Four in New Orleans. The Midwest and South regional finals will be played on Sunday.

The early game on Saturday in the West region will see No. 4 seed Louisville, the Big East Tournament champ, take on Billy Donovan's No. 7 seed Florida Gators. Rick Pitino is 6-0 against his former assistant, and the Cardinals coach will be looking to make his sixth trip to the Final Four and second while at Louisville. Donovan is seeking his fourth Final Four appearance at the helm for the Gators, and a repeat performance of Thursday night from freshman Bradley Beal just might get Florida to New Orleans. Beal scored 21 points in the win over Marquette on eight of 10 shooting from the floor, also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out four assists.

In the late game from the East region, No. 1 seed Syracuse takes on No. 2 seed Ohio State. Playing without Fab Melo, many thought the Orange would have been bounced from the Dance by this point, but Jim Boeheim's team has survived a few scares and now stand just one victory from the Final Four. Buckeyes big man Jared Sullinger will look to carry his team to New Orleans before likely bolting for the NBA.

Here is the full regional finals schedule:

Saturday:

West: No. 4 Louisville Cardinals vs. No. 7 Florida Gators, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
East: No. 1 Syracuse Orange vs. No. 2 Ohio St. Buckeyes, 7:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Sunday:

South: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 3 Baylor Bears, 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS
Midwest: No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS

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March Madness 2012, Louisville Vs. Florida: TV Schedule, Game Time And More

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