PHOENIX (AP) --Saying "outside of my six children being born,
this is the happiest day of my life," Rick Pitino nudged out Billy
Donovan for a spot in the Final Four when his Louisville team
finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Florida in
the West Regional.
Chane Behanan hit the go-ahead basket with 1:04 left for
fourth-seeded Louisville, then after two Cardinals free throws,
Florida's Bradley Beal and Kenny Boynton each missed chances to
The seventh-seeded Gators (26-11) fell in the regional
semifinals for the second straight year, while Louisville (30-9)
will go to the Final Four for the ninth time, and the second under
Russ Smith led Louisville with 19 points and Behanan had 17. The
Cardinals played the final 3:58 without point guard Peyton Siva,
who fouled out.
The Gators shot 8 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half
but didn't make one in the second.
East Regional - Ohio State 77, Syracuse 70
BOSTON (AP) -- Jared Sullinger recovered from first-half foul
trouble to score 19 points and grab seven rebounds, helping Ohio
State beat Syracuse 77-70 on Saturday to advance to the Final Four.
It will be the Buckeyes' first trip to the NCAA semifinals since
Deshaun Thomas scored 14 with nine rebounds for Ohio State
(31-7), which led by eight points with 59 seconds to play and held
on after the Orange cut it to three. The Buckeyes made 13 of 14
free throws in the final 68 seconds.
Brandon Triche scored 15 points and Baye Keita had 10 rebounds
for Syracuse (34-3). The Orange were hoping for a return trip to
New Orleans, where they won their only national championship in