Doron Lamb scored 22 points, and Kentucky held off a spirited Kansas rally to beat the Jayhawks 67-59 in the NCAA title game in New Orleans on Monday night. The win gave the Wildcats (38-2) their eighth national championship in school history and first since 1998.
Not all of this past few days’ college basketball action happened at the Final Four. While Kentucky and Kansas were busy advancing to Monday night’s NCAA title game, the nation’s best dunkers gathered on Thursday to crown a champ at the 2012 College Dunk Contest.
After Seattle and Oakland began the 2012 season with a split of a two-game series in Japan last week, Major League Baseball is ready for all of its teams to begin play this week. Opening Day for the 2012 season is Wednesday, when the world champion St. Louis Cardinals face the new look and newly-named Miami Marlins in the inaugural game at Marlins Park in Miami. Here’s this week’s MLB report:
Overall top-seed Kentucky and Midwest Region champ Kansas each won national semifinal games in the Final Four in New Orleans on Saturday to advance to the NCAA title game on Monday night. Here’s a recap of Saturday’s games:
The 2012 Final Four includes four NCAA basketball programs that have each won at least one national championship in its history. In total, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas have 49 Final Four appearances and 13 NCAA basketball titles between them.
Not every great college basketball team wins the NCAA tournament. Some incredible college teams have suffered heartbreaking losses only to win the NCAA tournament title the following year (1973 North Carolina State, 1975 Indiana, 1982 Georgetown). Other championship teams have lost in an attempt at repeating (1961 Ohio State, 1985 Georgetown, 1991 UNLV, 1997 Kentucky).
Here are the 12 best teams that failed to win the NCAA tournament:
Traditional college basketball powers Kentucky and Kansas each won regional finals on Sunday to join Ohio State and Louisville in the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans next weekend. Here’s a recap of Sunday’s regional final games:
All four top regional seeds — Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse and Michigan State— remain alive as the 2012 NCAA tournament begins the regional semifinal round on Thursday. An NCAA record four schools from Ohio have advanced to the round of 16. Here’s a preview of the next round of NCAA tournament games:
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