Rushville Republican

April 1, 2014

Sports Briefs


Rushville Republican

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Wednesday

Softball: Rushville at East Central, 5 p.m.

Thursday

Baseball: Rushville at Batesville, 5:30 p.m.

Friday

Baseball: Franklin County at Rushville, 5 p.m.

Saturday

Softball: Lawrenceburg at Rushville, 11 a.m.

Fearsome Final Foursome headed to North Texas

The Final Four will not have any upstarts like the past few years.

The power programs that did make it will still have plenty to prove in North Texas.

Florida, the top overall seed, is back in the Final Four for the first time since winning consecutive titles in 2006-07, this time without all those first-round NBA picks.

The Gators will face Connecticut, 2011 national champions who were barred from last year's bracket because of academics.

Wisconsin has reached the Final Four for the first time under coach Bo Ryan, who is finally going as a coach after taking his late father every year since 1976.

Rounding out the foursome is Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 thought to be out of contention after struggling midseason.

UConn upsets Michigan St. 60-54

NEW YORK (AP) — Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.

Napier hit three huge free throws with 37.6 seconds left in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden to carry UConn to the Final Four just as Kemba Walker did in Napier's freshman year.

The Huskies (30-8) rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to become the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Fourth-seeded Michigan State's seniors become the first four-year players recruited by Tom Izzo to fail to reach the Final Four. Gary Harris led the Spartans (29-9) with 22 points.

Wisconsin beats Arizona 64-63 in OT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Wisconsin bumped and grinded its way into the Final Four.

Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to a 64-63 overtime victory against Arizona in the West Region final Saturday night.

The Badgers (30-7) advanced to their first Final Four appearance since 2000 on Saturday night, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory.

Nick Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but he missed a shot that came just after the buzzer for Arizona (33-5), the top-seeded team that has yet to win a West Region final in Anaheim in four tries. Johnson led the Wildcats with 16 points, and Aaron Gordon had 18 rebounds in the relentlessly physical game.

Central Missouri wins Division II title

EVANSVILLE (AP) — Daylen Robinson scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to help Central Missouri win the NCAA Division II championship, 84-77 over West Liberty on Saturday.

Central Missouri (30-5) also won the division title in 1984.

Shawn Dyer led West Liberty (31-4) 19 points.

West Liberty built a 35-26 lead 18 minutes into the game before the Mules came back to tie it 37. Neither team led by more than five points in the second half until the final 20 seconds in the game that had 14 ties and nine lead changes.