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Kentucky Advances To Title Game With 69-61 Win Over Louisville

Kentucky defeated Louisville by a final score of 69-61 to advance to the 2012 NCAA Championship Game on Monday where they will face Kansas.

Anthony Davis led Kentucky with 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, while Darius Miller had a critical 13 points.

Peyton Siva led Louisville with 11 points, while Gorgui Dieng had seven points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

BeeJay Anya Trims List To Sixteen

BeeJay Anya is considering 16 schools, including Final Four members Ohio State, Kansas, Louisville.

“I’m just trying to take it one step at a time right now,” Anya said.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Anya is also looking at Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Rutgers, Memphis, UCLA, Arizona, Indiana, Notre Dame, Seton Hall and DePaul.

He is considered a top-20 prospect in the class of 2013.

Via Washington Post

Pitino Denied Entry Into Hall Of Fame

Louisville coach Rick Pitino failed to gain entry into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, per a source.

"He was very disappointed," the source said. "He thought his chances were good."

The class of 2012 includes Reggie Miller, Bernard King and Don Nelson.

Via ESPNNewYork.com

Pitino Emphasizes Deflections, Three-Point Defense

Rick Pitino stresses defensive activity and timely closeouts beyond the three-point arc.

“We have a defensive chart that if we get 35-plus deflections, which encompasses five different areas of defense — steals, tips from behind, blocked shots, actual deflections and loose ball recoveries — if we get 95 percent of that, don’t allow the opposition to shoot a high percentage from the 3-point line, we’ll win 95 percent of our games,” Pitino said.

Louisville ranks 17th in three-point field goal percentage defense and 8th in steal percentage.

“If I’m forcing 23 turnovers and only turning over 13, and I have that 10 differential, that’s meaningful,” said Pitino.

Via New York Times

Louisville Beats Cincinnati To Win 2012 Big East Tournament

Louisville defeated Cincinnati by a final score of 50-44 to win the 2012 Big East Tournament.

Rick Pitino's Cardinals came into the tournament as the No. 7 seed and won four consecutive games to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Peyton Siva was named Tournament MVP.

On the All-Tournament Team is Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and Kyle Kuric, Cincinnati's Yancy Gates and Cashmere Wright and Syracuse's Dion Waiters.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jae Crowder Headlines 2012 Big East Awards

Kris Joseph of regular season champion Syracuse headlines the 2012 All-Big East First Team. He is joined by Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom of Marquette, Jason Clark of Georgetown, Kevin Jones of West Virginia and Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut.

Crowder was named Big East Player of the Year.

On the All-Big East Second Team is Scoop Jardine of Syracuse, Jack Cooley of Notre Dame, Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati, Jordan Theodore of Seton Hall and Maalik Wayns of Villanova.

Dion Waiters of Syracuse headlines the All-Big East Third Team and is joined by Darryl Bryant of West Virginia, Vincent Council of Providence, Herb Pope of Seton Hall and Henry Sims of Georgetown.

Receiving Honorable Mention consideration is Ashton Gibbs of Pitt, Maurice Harkless of St. John's, Kyle Kuric of Louisville, Cleveland Melvin of DePaul and Hollis Thompson of Georgetown.

Fab Melo of Syracuse was named Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Waiters was named Sixth Man of the Year. Cooley won the Most Improved Player award.

On the All-Rookie Team is Andre Drummond of Connecticut, Chane Behanan of Louisville, Anthony Collins of South Florida, Jerian Grant of Notre Dame, LaDontae Henton of Providence, and Maurice Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison of St. John's.

Harkless was named Rookie of the Year.

Via RealGM Staff Report
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