Stage set for wild finish to NCAA tournament

Stage set for wild finish to NCAA tournament

FROM 68 TEAMS TO 2:Connecticut guard Terrence Samuel (3) shoots against Florida during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 5, in Arlington, Texas. UConn defeated the No. 1 seeded Florida for a shot at the national title. Photo: Associated Press/Eric Gay

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kentucky and Connecticut each had their final practice of the season as they prepared for the NCAA men’s basketball title game tonight near Dallas.

The Wildcats advanced with Saturday’s 74-73 win over Wisconsin after the Huskies ended Florida’s 30-game winning streak, 63-53.

The title game appears evenly matched, with both teams shooting around 45 percent for the season and outscoring their opponents by 8 ½ points.

PHOTOS: Final Four

The matchup sets up a final pitting the No. 8 Wildcats against No. 7 Connecticut, the highest combined seed total for a national championship game since seeding began in 1979.

Pre-game coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. EST. The game tips off at 9:10 p.m. EST on CBS.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Billy Gibbons goes jazz


The ZZ Top guitarist didn't really think about ever playing jazz until he was invited last year to play the Havana Jazz Festival.

in Sports

NFL ‘Deflategate’ appeal to be heard March 3, after Super Bowl


The federal appeals court in New York will hear the NFL's appeal of the lifting of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" controversy.

in Entertainment, Sports

FanDuel NFL entries have fallen sharply after New York shutdown


Entries at daily fantasy sports site FanDuel's NFL contests have fallen sharply since New York's attorney general declared the games to be illegal gambling in the state and the company stopped taking money from New Yorkers.

in Sports

FIFA ethics committee seeks life ban against Michel Platini


Michel Platini's lawyer says the FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for the UEFA president.

in Sports

Wildcats take over as No. 1


The Wildcats moved up a spot after North Carolina was stunningly upset by Northern Iowa on Saturday.