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Kentucky beats Louisville 69-61; Kansas beats Ohio State 64-62

March 31, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Kentucky beat Louisville 69-61 and Kansas beat Ohio State 64-62 Saturday.

The University of Kentucky (37-2) will meet the University of Kansas (32-6) Monday night to play for the NCAA national men's basketball championship title.

Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four.

Kansas rallied from 13 points down to complete another comeback in a game the Jayhawks led for a grand total of 3:48 - two of those minutes coming when the score was 2-0. 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.

Anthony Davis and top-seeded Kentucky will play for the national title Monday night after finally putting away pesky Louisville 69-61 in the Final Four on Saturday night. It will be Kentucky's first appearance in the title game since winning a seventh NCAA crown back in 1998.

Bigger, bulkier and with Davis having a wider wingspan than some small airplanes, the Wildcats looked like playground bullies as they pushed Louisville around on their way to a 13-point lead early in the second half. But the Cardinals know a thing about rallies after coming from 11 points down to beat Florida in last weekend's West Regional final, and they sure made Kentucky sweat.

Russ Smith made back-to-back buckets to start a 15-3 run, and Peyton Siva capped it with a 3-pointer from NBA range that tied the game at 49 with 9:11 to play. But Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who played just 23 minutes because of foul trouble, made back-to-back buckets to give the Wildcats some breathing room.

After Siva made a pair of free throws, Terrence Jones scored on a jumper and Darius Miller drilled a 3 - only Kentucky's second of the game - to give the Wildcats control for good.

Kentucky shot a dazzling 57 percent - yes, that's right - with Davis leading the way. He missed just one of his eight shots and finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Miller added 13 points, and Doron Lamb had 10. Kidd-Gilchrist had nine, all in the second half.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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