ATLANTA (AP) — Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State.
Nancy Armour, AP National Writer
, April 06, 2013
Imagine walking across the ledge of a 77-story building. Looking down would be dizzying for almost anybody, so the focus is always on being safe and secure with the next step.
And that’s how the Connecticut Huskies have won 77 straight basketball games.
The too-perfect basketball story with the too-perfect ending is still available on DVD. The real celebration for the new national champion — that’s taking place on Tobacco Road.
Kyle Singler scored 19 points and Brian Zoubek rebounded Gordon Hayward’s miss with 3.6 seconds left Monday night to help Duke beat Butler 61-59, ending the tiny underdog’s try for a “Hoosiers” sequel one win short of the Hollywood ending.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike put Stanford ahead early, then took control in the final minute to secure a spot in the national championship game.
Ogwumike scored Stanford’s first eight points and the final seven — in the last 51.3 seconds — to make sure the Cardinal never trailed on the way to a 73-66 victory over Oklahoma on Sunday night in the women’s Final Four.
Yes, it’s a matchup pitting a cute bulldog against a devil, America’s favorite underdog against the team people love to hate.
Dig a little deeper, though, and basketball fans might see two programs, the Butler Bulldogs and Duke Blue Devils, who come from almost the same place.
As soon as Connecticut was challenged, Maya Moore and the Huskies showed exactly why they’ve won 77 games in a row.
One more and they’ll be the first women’s team to go undefeated in consecutive seasons.
Behind 34 points and 12 rebounds from Moore, UConn beat Baylor and freshman phenom Brittney Griner 70-50 on Sunday night to advance to the national championship game.
The NCAA semifinals have drawn their highest preliminary television rating in five years.
CBS said Sunday that Butler’s win over Michigan State and Duke’s victory over West Virginia the night before averaged a 9.7 overnight rating and 19 share. That’s up 8 percent from the 9.0/18 last year and the best since 2005.
Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the nation’s largest markets.
Oklahoma withstood early adversity, composed itself and took control with balance, hustle and grit.
In a game that mirrored their season, the Sooners pulled through. Now they’re going back to the Final Four.
The Connecticut Huskies swear they’re not perfect. Their last 76 opponents might disagree.
Maya Moore scored 22 points to lead the Huskies past Florida State 90-50 on Tuesday night, sending the defending champions back to the Final Four and stretching their unprecedented win streak to 76 games.
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