Kansas, Kentucky Will Play for Title

Jayhawks, Wildcats advance to Monday night's game

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 31, 2012 10:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Final Four are down to the final two, with Kentucky and Kansas advancing to Monday night's championship game.

  • Kansas 64, Ohio State 62: The Jayhawks won a thriller after trailing by 9 points at the half. They took the lead with under 3 minutes remaining, then came out on top in a seesaw finish. Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Elijah Johnson, whose layup won an equally dicey game against Purdue in the regional semifinals, made one with 1:12 left to put the Jayhawks up 62-59—their biggest lead of the game. More game coverage here.

  • Kentucky 69, Louisville 61: Underdog Louisville and coach Rick Pitino made their in-state rivals work hard deep into the second quarter, but the top-seeded Wildcats and star Anthony Davis proved too dominant. It will be Kentucky's first appearance in the title game since winning a seventh NCAA crown back in 1998 and gives coach John Calipari another shot at the title that has eluded him. More game coverage here.

Kentucky guard Doron Lamb (20), forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14), and guard Marquis Teague (25) celebrate during the second half.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino reacts during the second half.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slam-dunks over Louisville center Gorgui Dieng.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Kentucky's Anthony Davis walks off the court after the game.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kentucky's Anthony Davis celebrates at the end of the game.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Ohio State's Jared Sullinger (0) shoots over Kansas' Elijah Johnson.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Ohio State's Jared Sullinger reacts during the first half.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Ohio State guard Aaron Craft swats the ball from Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the first half as the Jayhawks mascot looks on.   (Getty Images)
Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team.   (Getty Images)
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta during the second half.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) drives against Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Ohio State guard William Buford slam dunks over Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) celebrates with Christian Garrett.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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