Final Four

Local News
2:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Back Home in Texas, UK's Randle "Just Excited to be Playing" in Final Four

The men’s NCAA basketball tournament resumes this weekend with the Final Four.

The two national semifinal games will be played Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, with Florida facing Connecticut and Wisconsin squaring off with Kentucky.    The winners advance to the national championship game Monday night.      

The venue, AT&T Stadium, is not far from the Dallas neighborhood where UK’s Julius Randle grew up, but the Wildcats’ leading scorer says he’s thankful to be in a Final Four anywhere.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Calipari Trying to Keep Wildcats Hungry for Title Run

The Kentucky Wildcats are in Arlington, Texas to prepare for their showdown with Wisconsin in the men’s NCAA Final Four.         

Kentucky defeated Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan to reach the national semifinals, a path that coach John Calipari compared to a minefield.

"And now my whole mission is to make sure we’re not satisfied.   That this team is still striving," Calipari said Thursday at a joint press conference with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. 

The Badgers are making their first Final Four appearance since 2000.

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Local News
11:44 am
Tue April 1, 2014

UK's Aaron Harrison Not Suprised by Wildcats' NCAA Success

Aaron Harrison
Credit University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Wildcats are preparing for their matchup against Wisconsin Saturday night in the men’s NCAA Final Four.     

UK advanced to the national semifinals Saturday with a three-point victory over Michigan.   

Some had begun to give up hope of any UK tournament success as far back as early March, when the slumping Wildcats lost at 10-18 South Carolina.        

But guard Aaron Harrison predicted after that game that his team was going to be “a great story.”    He talked about it after Sunday’s NCAA victory.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Louisville Metro Police: Don't Shoot Guns if the Louisville Cardinals Win Championship

Louisville Cardinals fans celebrating Saturday night near the UofL campus.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Louisville Metro Police are urging people to refrain from shooting guns in the air if the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team wins tonight's NCAA national championship game.

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Politics
11:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Yarmuth, Michigan Counterpart Bet Bourbon, Chicken on NCAA Championship Game

John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and his counterpart from Michigan have wagered bourbon, beer, fried chicken and a deli lunch on the winner of the NCAA national title game between the University of Michigan and the University of Louisville.

Yarmuth (D-Ky.) put up a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon and a bucket of KFC against a wager by U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) of Ann Arbor's Arbor Brewing Company beer and lunch from Zingerman's Deli, a Michigan institution.

The Wolverines and Cardinals face off Monday night in Atlanta, with the winner being crowned national champion.

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Local News
7:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Denny Crum on Louisville Cardinals' Titles in the '80s: 'It Was a Beautiful Thing'

Denny Crum
Credit gocards.com

The Louisville men's basketball team plays for a national championship tonight—the program's first appearance in the title game since 1986. 

Denny Crum, the coach of the 1986 and 1980 championship teams, is in Atlanta for the Final Four. Naismith Hall of Fame coach retired in 2003. As this year's Cardinals prepare to play Michigan, Crum took a few moments to reflect with WFPL on what championships mean for the university and the city.

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Local News
9:07 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Louisville Cardinals to Play for Women's National Championship

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team has joined the men’s program in playing for a NCAA championship this week.

Antonita Slaughter led the fifth-seeded Cards with 18 points as U of L advanced to the title game with a 64-57 comeback victory tonight over number two seed California.

U of L will face Connecticut for the women’s championship Tuesday in New Orleans.  The Huskies defeated Notre Dame in the other national semifinal.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun April 7, 2013

For Some Louisville Cardinals Fans, Two Final Four Teams Means Twice the Travel

Jenny Sawyer and her daughter, Caroline
Credit Greg Echlin/WFPL

ATLANTA — The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team will play in the NCAA tournament's title game Monday night against the Michigan Wolverines at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. And in New Orleans tonight, the Cardinal women’s basketball team plays California in a semifinal.

A few ambitious Cardinal fans will be in the audience for both games.

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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Photos | Louisville Cardinals Fans Celebrate Win Over Wichita State

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team advanced to the national championship game on Saturday night after defeating the Wichita State Shockers.

And, as expected, fans took to the streets throughout the city to celebrate.

The Cardinal Towne development was quickly flooded with students and fans after the game.

Here's what it looked like:

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Local News
8:38 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Advance to National Championship Game

The Louisville Cardinals advanced Saturday evening to the NCAA Tournament championship game, but not before getting a scare from the Wichita State Shockers.

The overall No. 1-seeded Cardinals trailed by a point at halftime and through most of the second half to the No. 9 seed Shockers, but managed to come back as the game closed.

The Cardinals won 72-68.

Russ Smith led UofL with 21 points.

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