Top seed Kentucky tops Indiana

ATLANTA — They ran up and down the court, two storied programs going toe to toe.

In the end, Kentucky was just too big, too quick, too good for Indiana.

The top-seeded Wildcats moved another step closer to the only goal that matters in the Bluegrass State, shaking off a rather quiet night from freshman star Anthony Davis to pull away from the Hoosiers 102-90 in the South Regional semifinals Friday.

"It was a war and Indiana played great," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "We just happened to play a little bit better."

Kentucky (35-2) simply had too many weapons. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 24 points, Doron Lamb 21 and three of their teammates — not Davis, mind you — were in double figures. With that, the Wildcats dispatched the team that beat them back in early December and are off to a regional final for the third year in a row.

They'll face Baylor on Sunday for a trip to the Final Four.

"I feel like we did a pretty good job," said Kentucky's Darius Miller, who added 19 points. "So did Indiana. It was a very intense game. It was up and down for the most part. It was a fun game to be a part of, the way that both teams played."

Davis wasn't his usual dominating self after picking up two early fouls. He finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. So it was left to another of Kentucky's super freshmen to take the starring role. Kidd-Gilchrist had a double-double, also snatching 10 rebounds.

"In the huddles during timeouts, Michael was the guy firing us up," teammate Twany Beckham said. "It showed with his play."

Marquis Teague chipped in with 14 points and Terrence Jones 12.

Christian Watford had 27 points to lead the Hoosiers (27-9), who beat Kentucky 73-72 before Christmas but ended a comeback season with a loss to their border rival. Still, there was nothing to ashamed of, coming up two victories shy of the Final Four after winning a total of 28 games the previous three seasons.

Baylor 75, Xavier 70

At Atlanta, Quincy Acy had 20 points and 15 rebounds to lift Baylor past Xavier and into its second regional final in three years.

The Bears will face Kentucky in Sunday's South Regional final.

The only senior in Baylor's starting lineup, Acy sank two free throws with 31 seconds remaining after Xavier cut the deficit to six.

Baylor, wearing neon-green uniforms, never trailed and led by 18 points less than 8 minutes into the game. But the Musketeers never quit and trimmed the lead to 71-68 with 22 seconds remaining.

Quincy Jackson had 16 points and Perry Jones III scored 14 for the Bears (30-7). Tu Holloway led Xavier (23-13) with 22 points.

Kansas 60, N.C. State 57

At St. Louis, Thomas Robinson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Jeff Withey blocked 10 shots to finish one shy of the NCAA tournament record, and the Jayhawks held off No. 11 seed North Carolina State in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

The win set up a showdown between the Jayhawks and North Carolina, led by former coach Roy Williams.

Kansas (30-6) squandered an eight-point lead in the final few minutes, and didn't wrap up the win until Richard Howell's off-balance heave at the buzzer came up well short.

C.J. Leslie had 18 points to lead N.C. State (24-13), despite sitting much of the second half with four fouls. Scott Wood finished with 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting, though his biggest mistake wasn't a missed shot but the shot he never even got to attempt.

N.C. State had a chance to tie it, but Wood stepped out of bounds when he tried to pull in a high pass, giving the ball back to Kansas with 5 seconds remaining.

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