The Louisville Cardinals were an honorable opponent Saturday, but the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats were just too much. Propeled by a 18-point, 14-rebound, five-block effort from freshman center Anthony Davis, the Wildcats defeated their Blue Grass State rival the Cardinals, 69-61, in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals. Kentucky advance on to the National Championship game, where it will face either the Ohio St. Buckeyes or Kansas Jayhawks on Monday.
Kentucky made 55-percent of its shots to help overcome a 37-31 rebound margin in favor for Louisville. At one point, the Cardinals had a double-digit rebound advantage over the Wildcats and the game was tied at 49 with about nine minutes remaining in regulation.
Louisville was paced by junior guard Peyton Siva's 11 points, while freshman forward Chane Behanan added 10.