Russ Smith scored 23 points and set a Louisville NCAA tournament record with a career-high eight steals, and Peyton Siva had eight assists as the Cardinals demolished North Carolina A&T 79-48 on Thursday night.
Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds, helping fourth-seeded Michigan overcome a rough night for Trey Burke in a 71-56 NCAA tournament win over 13th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday night.
Doron Lamb scored 22 points, and Kentucky won its eighth national championship, holding off Kansas for a 67-59 victory Monday night.
The top-seeded Wildcats will face the winner of Ohio State-Kansas on Monday night, after Kentucky beat Louisville 69-61 on Saturday.
Kansas (32-6) plays Kentucky in the final Monday.
If Darius Miller and Doron Lamb find seams and make enough shots from the perimeter, John Calipari should have his team in the National Championship game.
The bad blood between Kentucky and Louisville fans boiled over this week at a Kentucky dialysis center when one patient couldn’t wait to call a winner.
Multiple sources say there is more than a legitimate chance of Kentucky landing the top two prospects in the Class of 2012: 6-foot-10 shot blocker Nerlens Noel and lefty wing Shabazz Muhammad.
A major element in Saturday’s Final Four showdown between Louisville and Kentucky will be the Cardinals’ match up zone.
Tyshawn Taylor came out of his slump in a big way, scoring 22 points to lead Kansas to an 80-67 victory over North Carolina on Saturday that returned the Jayhawks to the Final Four for the first time since winning it all in 2008.