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College basketball: Villanova stamps itself as nation's elite in Final Four run

College basketball: Villanova stamps itself as nation's elite in Final Four run

Loyola-Chicago, 32-5 SU and 25-10 ATS, is just the fourth No. 11 seed to make the Final Four. UConn is into the national semifinals for the 19th time overall, snapping a tie with Tennessee for the most in women's basketball history. I think UConn's success speaks for itself, but after beating reigning champ SC, they'll face no slouch in Notre Dame. The Bulldogs have won their four tournament games by 45, 15, 14 and 16 points.

Last year 12-year-old Stamper even had his own draft day signing and was officially welcomed as a member of the team.

UConn returns to its 11th-straight Final Four facing Notre Dame after being knocked out by Mississippi State past year.

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"We consistently had very good players", Wright said. Happened in a way that was really, really disappointing. "I think it's great for us to know there's no pressure on us, that this is a game where we're the underdog". The Huskies beat the Irish in early December, rallying for an 80-71 win.

The national championship game is April 1 at 6pm and will be televised on ESPN.

The Huskies have been adamant about having moved on from the sting of their loss last season, but they will definitely be looking to avoid a repeat of a semifinals downfall against Notre Dame, which has a regular season co-championship shared with Louisville. The 2011 Final Four game between VCU and Butler drew a 8.3 rating and 14.2 million viewers on CBS, 2.5 million fewer viewers than the Connecticut-Kentucky game that followed it. George Mason's run to the Final Four in 2006 did not provide much in the way of a ratings bump, either: It drew a 9.1 rating and 14.5 million viewers, down from the comparable game in 2005 between IL and Louisville. The final game is Sunday.

The Jayhawks have just gotten better across the board and picked a ideal time to play one of their most complete games in an 85-81 thriller over Duke in the Elite Eight. But since they always preach focusing on the "next game" regardless of the opposition, they won't deal with that until the buzzer goes off Saturday.

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Louisville (36-2) vs. Mississippi State (36-1), 7 p.m.

. "These kids are special". Besides, the rivalry is only lopsided outside of the NCAA tournament.

Remember the last time KY played in a Final Four in San Antonio? Expect McCowan to put on a show in Friday night's bout, but she'll have her work cut out for her as Hines-Allen and teammates Sam Fuehring and Kylee Shook, who were able to contain Oregon State's Marie Gulich in their blowout of the Beavers in the Elite Eight, will take on the task of defending her.

Les Hunter, Jerry Harkness and John Egan are standing with the 1963 NCAA championship trophy, the net draped over it. Coach George Ireland has his right arm extended in front as he shakes hands with someone whose face is not in the picture. That would match two Catholic schools, and both have chaplains who pray before the game.

About 65 percent of the orders were from outside IL, and they had come from every state and Washington, D.C., plus Canada and the United Kingdom. The Wolverines are the third best team in the country in terms of defensive efficiency and have kept their opponents below 1.0 points per possession throughout the tournament so far.

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