NCAA Scores 2012: Live Game Tracker and Highlights for Elite 8
The Elite Eight is upon us, and by the end of the weekend, the Final Four will be set.
On Saturday, No. 4 seed Louisville and No. 7 seed Florida (4:30 ET) will battle for the first spot in New Orleans, as they represent the lowest seeds still alive in the tournament. From there, it's almost straight chalk. No. 1 seed Syracuse will be taking on No. 2 seed Ohio State (7:05 ET).
On Sunday, No. 1 seed Kentucky takes on No. 3 seed Baylor (2:20 ET) in what should be an epic display of future NBA talent. That game will be followed by No. 1 seed North Carolina against No. 2 seed Kansas (5:50 ET).
It should be a great weekend of games as we move closer to cutting down the nets in New Orleans.
The second half wasn't as nearly as exciting as the first, but there was still some excitement and it's Kansas who will be moving onto the Final Four.
The Jayhawks knocked off North Carolina by a score of 80-67, although the game was much closer than the score indicates.
Kansas' second-half defense was the difference in this one as they forced Carolina into a bunch of turnovers and a lot of bad shots.
What's more, the Jayhawks dominated the Heels on the glass as they finished with a plus-9 advantage on the glass.
And lastly, North Carolina simply couldn't make any jumpers. The Heels finished 2-for-17 from long range and didn't have much chance to win with the way they played.
The Tar Heels just missed Kendall Marshall too much.
Still though, hats off to Kansas who continues its terrific season. The Jayhawks advance to play Ohio State in the Final Four on Saturday.
At the half, North Carolina and Kansas are tied at 47.
Both teams are hitting their shots at seemingly unsustainable rates, but with the open looks they are getting, it's likely the scoring will continue in the second period.
Stilman White is holding his own for North Carolina at the point and the Tar Heels' offense in the first half shows that. The defense, however, is another story.
Thomas Robinson is getting pretty much whatever he wants and will be the key for the Jayhawks in the second half.
If any team can string together four or five straight stops, it will probably advance to the Final Four.
Kentucky got a scare when Anthony Davis went down with an apparent knee injury, but he came back minutes later and appeared fine, although he looked a bit sore.
Davis should be fine.
The Wildcats won, 82-70, and will move on to the Final Four to play Louisville, a team Kentucky already beat earlier in the season.
Kentucky was led by four players who scored in double-figures, and although they gave up 70 points, it was another strong defensive performance by the Wildcats.
Kentucky forced 14 turnovers, blocked nine shots and tallied nine steals. When they can play like that and get in transition, the Wildcats are impossible to beat.
Baylor was led by Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson, but they just didn't have enough for the Bears.
At halftime, Kentucky leads Baylor by a score of 42-22.
Besides Kentucky simply being better than Baylor and overwhelming the Bears, there are a few storylines developing here.
The Wildcats' defense is scary good. They have forced Baylor into nine turnovers and five blocked shots. That's 14 open-court opportunties for the Wildcats.
And, as they've shown, they just as scary in transition offense as they are on defense. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is unstoppable when he gets a head of steam, and he already has 17 points.
Anthony Davis has 14 points to go along with six rebounds and two blocks.
Don't expect a turnaround in this game. Kentucky is too good.
The Buckeyes and Orange are at the half, the game is tied at 29. This has been a physical, hotly contested and close matchup as I expected. The Buckeyes are attacking the zone very well, but with Jared Sullinger out with foul trouble, the Buckeyes have been without their horse on the inside.
The Buckeyes have to feel good about themselves right now. Sullinger played limited minutes, he scored four points, and William Buford is only 2-7 for six points, yet they are right there with Syracuse.
This is primarily because they are attacking the zone with dribble penetration, and accurate passing. They are getting to the line, they've already shot 13 free throws.
The Orange have blown several shots near the basket, and I wonder if they can win such a sloppy game. This game looks like a Big Ten game, and the style and tempo favors Ohio State.
Kris Joseph hasn't been shy from the field. He has hoisted up nine shots, but only made two buckets. If the Syracuse-Wisconsin game was a great game to watch, this has been the opposite.
Both teams are shooting well under 40 percent from the field, and the offenses have sputtered.
We'll see who can gain some continuity to there offense and take control of the game.
What a turn around.
The Gators could not keep up their hot shooting. After knocking down 7 threes in the first half, they went 0-9 in the second half and choked away this game. The final score was 72-68, and the win landed the Cardinals in the Final Four.
The Gators squandered a double digit lead in the second half with missed layups, turnovers and poor execution.
Louisville went to man to man, and it made all the difference in the game. The Cardinals athleticism and energy was too much.
The two stars for Louisville in this game were Chane Behanan and Russ Smith. They combined for 36 points and took control on every meaningful possession. Smith filled in admirably for the foul saddled Peyton Siva, taking and making tough shots in the second half.
Behanan was a man on the block. The Gators had no one that could match up with him. He made a variety of baby hooks and fade-aways that also helped sink the Gators.
Now the Cardinals will await the winner of the North Carolina-Baylor regional final tomorrow.
If the Florida Gators continue to shoot at this clip, it's going to be a long day for Louisville. The Gators are 7-11 from the arc, yet they are only up 41-33 at the half. The Gators are shooting the ball well overall, as they are currently connected on 66 percent of their shots.
To add to Louisville's first half woes, PG Peyton Siva has picked up two fouls. When he was in the game, he was playing well, he had already accumulated five assists. If Louisville is to close this gap in the second half, they have to defend the arc better, and keep their floor general on the floor.
Turnovers were a key for Louisville. They needed to force the Gators into miscues. Florida has five turnovers, but the shooting has negated any ill-effects those could have had.
The Cardinals can take some solace in being within striking distance with things having gone in Florida's favor after the first 20 minutes. But Billy Donovan's team is still playing solid defense. We'll see if it can continue.
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