NEW ORLEANS – Billed as the game Kentucky couldn't lose, it didn't, sending home intrastate rival Louisville 69-61 to advance to Monday's title game when the Wildcats will face Kansas for the 2012 NCAA men's basketball national championship.
Playing in front of a decidedly pro-Kentucky crowd inside the Superdome, Louisville wasn't given much of a chance. Kentucky was pegged as the tournament's No. 1 overall seed and to this point had rolled through its first four games, winning by double figures each time.
That's how it is when you have Anthony Davis, the AP player of the year, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a pair of freshmen who will undoubtedly be lottery picks in June's NBA draft. Knowing these two aren't long for Lexington, the Wildcats are built to win now, and that's what the entire state of Kentucky – the blue part, anyway – expects: an eighth national championship.
Now, they're just one win away from completing that mission.Read More »from Kentucky advances to national championship game, proving too strong for Louisville