NCAA Tournament 2012: Latest Reaction, Scores and Highlights for South Region

Alex JosephAnalyst IMarch 25, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With an impressive 82-70 victory over Baylor, the Kentucky Wildcats emerge as the South Region's Final Four participant. 

After falling behind by 20 at the half, the Bears were never able to completely fight back. Kentucky's overwhelming defense held the normally sharp-shooting Bears to 39 percent from the field. 

Senior forward Quincy Acy was the one bright spot throughout the game for the Bears. Acy finished with 22 points while shooting 7 of 11 from the field and eight of eight at the free throw line. Pierre Jackson added 20 points (mostly in the last few minutes of the game), and Perry Jones III had a strong second-half, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist paced the Wildcats in the first half with 17 points, and even though he only scored two points in the second half, he was still Kentucky's leading scorer with 19. 

Freshman phenom Anthony Davis had a second-half scare after colliding with Jones III, but he ended up playing the rest of the game, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

The Wildcats march on to the Final Four where they will take on their in-state rival and the West Region's fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has done an amazing job so far in the tournament, coaching his team to big wins over both MIchigan State and Florida, but he'll have his hands full in the next round.

I don't foresee the Wildcats losing—ever. They play so well on both ends of the court. They're unselfish. They're well coached. They have six guys that will be in the NBA. What more do you want from a team? 

Thanks to all of you who have kept up with the live updates, and good luck to both Kentucky and Louisville in the Final Four.