Sunday March, 30, 2008
DETROIT (AP) -- And then there were ones. Four Number-1s, that is.
Kansas wore down Stephen Curry and plucky Davidson with its size and strength and held on for a 59-57 victory to win the Midwest Regional. That puts all four Number-1 seeds into the Final Four for the first time.
Davidson came up one miracle short. After Kansas' Sherron
Collins missed with 19 seconds left, the 10th-seeded Wildcats got
one last chance. Curry was double-teamed, could not get off a shot
and forced to pass to Jason Richards. His 25-footer from the top of
the key thudded off the backboard. Curry led all scorers with 25
Richards dropped to his back at midcourt while the Jayhawks
celebrated with a measure of relief. Sausa Kaun and Mario Chalmers led Kansas with 13 apiece. Brandon Rush scored eight of his 12 points in the second half. The win earns Kansas coach Bill Self his first trip to the Final Four.
Kansas moved on to play overall Number-1 seed North Carolina on
Saturday. UCLA and Memphis will round out the party at the
South Regional Final: Memphis 85 Texas 67
HOUSTON (AP) -- After back-to-back seasons of losing in a regional final, Memphis is going to the Final Four.
Freshman Derrick Rose had 21 points and nine assists to help the
Number-1 seed in the South Regional to a convincing 85-67 victory over second-seeded Texas in the final. The victory backed up the Tigers' season-long reign near the top of the AP poll and made them the third Number-1 seed headed to San Antonio.
The 37-and-1 Tigers will play UCLA in the national semifinals on
Saturday. The Bruins beat Xavier last night to earn its third
straight Final Four appearance.
Memphis and UCLA met in the regional finals two years ago and in
the 1973 title game, with the Bruins winning both. final between
top-seeded Kansas and Number-10 seed Davidson.
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