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Kentucky Cruises Past Kansas for National Title 12

Posted: April 03, 2012 9:29 AM ; Updated: April 03, 2012 9:35 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Before his confetti-flecked suit gets back from the cleaners, John Calipari will be on the road.

Such is life for a coach who recruits all that NBA-ready talent - especially when those players get in the habit of bringing championships back to their ol' Kentucky home.

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Lin Likely Out for Season with Knee Injury 11

Posted: March 31, 2012 11:29 PM ; Updated: April 01, 2012 12:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Say so long to Linsanity.

Jeremy Lin will miss the rest of the regular of the season because he needs knee surgery that will sideline him six weeks and could leave the Knicks without their star point guard in the playoffs -- if they make it that far.

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Kentucky and Kansas to Battle for NCAA Championship 12

Posted: March 31, 2012 11:26 PM ; Updated: April 01, 2012 12:01 AM

KENTUCKY HOLDS OFF RIVAL LOUISVILLE

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Bragging rights in the Bluegrass State are mighty nice.

Kentucky has its sights set higher. Much higher.

Anthony Davis and top-seeded Kentucky are right where they planned to be all along, playing for the national title after finally putting away pesky Louisville 69-61 in the Final Four on Saturday night.

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The Final Four is Set! 20

Posted: March 25, 2012 7:27 PM ; Updated: March 25, 2012 8:19 PM

KANSAS UPENDS CAROLINA

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way Sunday, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina.

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Marshall breaks bone in right wrist 4

Posted: March 19, 2012 11:03 AM ; Updated: March 19, 2012 11:03 AM

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall broke a bone in his right wrist during the second half of Sunday's win against Creighton in the NCAA tournament.

Marshall was hurt when he drove to the paint and was knocked to the floor by Ethan Wragge with 10:56 left. The left-handed point guard hit one of two free throws, then left the game briefly before returning and playing about 7 more minutes before leaving for good with 1:54 left.

Coach Roy Williams later cleared reporters out of the locker room to inform the team of Marshall's injury. His status for North Carolina's game against Ohio on Friday in the round of 16 in St. Louis is unclear. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said medical staff planned to put Marshall in a cast Sunday night for his comfort.

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Kansas survives scare from Purdue

Posted: March 19, 2012 10:56 AM ; Updated: March 19, 2012 10:56 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The messages were flying in the Kansas locker room at halftime.

Elijah Johnson told his team to stop second-guessing itself. Tyshawn Taylor reminded the Jayhawks that they'd been in trouble before. Coach Bill Self finally stood up and told his team that it would take sheer toughness to rally past Purdue.

"When things don't go well and you get behind and you play uphill the whole way, it takes some energy and it takes some toughness," said Self, whose team fell behind by double-digits early and still trailed by six at the break. "My message to the whole team was trust each other."

All those messages came through loud and clear.

Johnson finished with 18 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, and No. 2 seed Kansas held off Robbie Hummel and the No. 10 seed Boilermakers 63-60 on Sunday night in a dramatic third-round game in the NCAA tournament.

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No. 11 seed NC State upsets Georgetown 1

Posted: March 19, 2012 10:55 AM ; Updated: March 19, 2012 10:55 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It's been a long time since North Carolina State was mentioned in the same breath with the elite programs in the nation - let alone its own state.

Now, a new coach and a new attitude have the Wolfpack faithful harkening back to the glory days of David Thompson and Jim Valvano.

Lorenzo Brown hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds and North Carolina State returned to the round of 16 with a 66-63 upset of third-seeded Georgetown in the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

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