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Louisville wins NCAA, beats Michigan 82-76



The Cardinals of Louisville are the champions of basketball, rallying as only Louisville can to beat Michigan 82-76. Louisville, in the last game as a member of the powerful Big East Conference, captured their third NCAA title, their first since 1986. Rick Pitino wins his second NCAA title as a coach and becomes the first coach to win NCAA titles at two different schools, Kentucky and Louisville. Talk about living a charmed life — his team won the title on the same day he was introduced as one of 12 new members of the Naismith Hall of Fame. His horse won the Santa Anita Derby and will run for the roses in May at the Kentucky Derby. Continue Reading →

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Kentucky wins men’s championship 67-59



It’s been a long time coming, but the Wildcats of Kentucky have quenched their thirst for a title. John Calipari in just his third year wins his first NCAA Championship 67-59 over the Kansas Jayhawks before 70,000 in New Orleans. Man, can Calipari recruit: Previously at Memphis he recruited NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who after leading Memphis to the NCAA Championship game was drafted number one in the NBA by the Chicago Bulls. Kentucky finished 38-2, losing to only Indiana and Vanderbilt during the season as they navigated the NCAA field of 72 teams to stand alone number one. It’s the eighth time that Kentucky has won the NCAA Men’s crown, their first since 1998 when Gophers coach Tubby Smith won it last in the Bluegrass State. Continue Reading →

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