Final Score: Kentucky 74, Louisville 69
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The young Wildcats are growing up at the right time.
Anything's possible now.
Julius Randle had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Kentucky defeated defending national-champion Louisville, 74-69, in a Midwest Regional semifinal from Indianapolis.
Eighth-seeded Kentucky (26-10) will face second-seeded Michigan in the Regional Final on Sunday.
Russ Smith netted 23 points to lead the fourth-seeded Cardinals (31-5).
Final Score: Michigan 73, Tennessee 71
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Morgan had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Nik Stauskas added 14 and Michigan held off Tennessee, 73-71, in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Friday night.
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The Volunteers trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, but used an 11-2 run to get back in it and four straight Michigan turnovers later to make it interesting in the closing seconds.
After Josh Richardson banked in a floater, the Vols trapped Glenn Robinson III along the right endline and his pass bounced past Caris LeVert near halfcourt. The third consecutive Michigan giveaway led to a Jordan McRae layup to make it 72-71 with 10 ticks remaining.
LeVert then stepped out of bounds on the ensuing inbounds, but Jarnell Stokes was called for an offensive foul with six seconds to go.
Stauskas split a pair of free throws to extend the Wolverines edge to 73-71 and McRae's heave from halfcourt was well off the mark.
Final Score: UConn 81, Iowa State 76
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - DeAndre Daniels scored 27 points on 10- of-15 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, as Connecticut weathered a late charge from Iowa State and held on for an 81-76 win at Madison Square Garden.
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Star guard Shabazz Napier had 19 points, five assists and five rebounds, helping the seventh-seeded Huskies (29-8) reach the East Regional final. Ryan Boatright supplied 16 points for UConn, which led by as many as 17 in the second half before the Cyclones mounted a furious comeback.
Dustin Hogue tied an Iowa State NCAA Tournament record with 34 points. Melvin Ejim, the Big 12 Player of the Year, struggled for the third-seeded Cyclones (28-8), finishing with only seven points while missing 10 of his 13 shots.
Final Score: Michigan State 61, Virginia 59
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Branden Dawson had 24 points, Adreian Payne scored 16 and Michigan State fought through Virginia's tenacious defense to advance to the Elite Eight with a 61-59 win over the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden.
Dawson added 10 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Spartans (29-8), who will face Connecticut in the East Regional final on Sunday. The Huskies topped Iowa State, 81-76, earlier on Friday.
Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points apiece for top-seeded Virginia (30-7).