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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | April 3, 1993
NEW ORLEANS -- The roads Michigan and Kentucky took here to this year's Final Four were filled with trash. The Wolverines have talked it. The Wildcats have done it to their opponents -- with defense rather than dialogue, with three-pointers rather than threats.Both teams hope to take the trash out in tonight's second NCAA semifinal at the Superdome. Michigan (30-4) wants to shut down Kentucky (30-3), which won its first four tournament games by an average of more than 31 points. The Wildcats would like nothing better than to shut up the Wolverines.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1996
MINNEAPOLIS - They snipped slowly and carefully, until each strand of nylon had been cut away from the rim. Kentucky forward Antoine Walker then pointed his teammates to the other end of the floor, where the procedure began anew until both baskets were bare.It took longer for the top-seeded Wildcats to dismember the nets at the Metrodome or, as one of their many fans called it, "My Old Kentucky Dome" than it did to dismantle second-seeded Wake Forest during a frighteningly routine 83-63 victory in yesterday's NCAA Midwest Regional final.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1998
SAN ANTONIO - Kentucky needed nearly 30 minutes to catch up with Stanford last night at the, Alamodome. The Wildcats also needed the rest of regulation and the entire over time to beat the Cardinal, 86-85, in the first NCAA tournament semifinal game and advance to their third straight championship game.But the one-point difference doesn't tell how close Stanford actually came to winning the first overtime semifinal in five years.It might have been the difference between the steal Stanford freshman Jarron Collins tried to make in the is backcourt with six seconds to play, instead tying up Scott Padgett with the possession arrow pointing Kentucky's way. It might have been the difference between the steal Arthur Lee thought he had on the ensuing inbounds pass with six seconds to play, instead watching Kentucky point guard Wayne Turner retrieve the ball.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | March 28, 1993
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Southeast Regional is clearl sending its best team to the Final Four.Top-seeded Kentucky was simply too deep, too versatile and on too much of a roll for Florida State yesterday at the Charlotte Coliseum, capturing the regional title with a 106-81 victory that left no doubt about superiority.It was the 10th consecutive victory for the Wildcats, who have beaten their past six opponents by an average of nearly 31points.Florida State (25-10) stayed close for a half, minimizing the effect of the Wildcats' press with length-of-the-court passes that led to some easy scores, but lacked the depth to sustain the challenge, particularly when Doug Edwards encountered first-half foul trouble.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kentucky's reign ended with bloody elbows and chins, with four players fouling out, with overtime, with exhaustion, and yes, with honor.The Wildcats' magnificent obsession for back-to-back NCAA titles met its match against an incredibly tough-minded Arizona team last night. When Kentucky relinquished its hold on the championship in a fiercely played, 84-79 overtime loss, coach Rick Pitino walked off the RCA Dome court not in anger, but in pride."I have to tell you, in past years, coming off the Marquette loss or the Carolina loss, I've been disappointed," he said.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | March 29, 1992
PHILADELPHIA -- Duke was a little more than two seconds away from the end of its magnificent run as college basketball's latest dynasty. Sean Woods was a little more than two seconds away from becoming Kentucky's newest legend.But Christian Laettner didn't let either happen last night.Taking a 75-foot inbounds pass from Grant Hill at the foul line, Laettner dribbled once, faked twice and shot a 16-footer that sent the defending champion Blue Devils to a heart-pounding, mind-boggling, 104-103 overtime victory over the Wildcats in the NCAA East Regional final at The Spectrum.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | November 21, 1995
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- They are in a state of preparedness deep in the heart of Bluegrass Country.On a raw, blustery Friday night, a sellout crowd of 23,000 zealots turned up at magnificent Rupp Arena to see the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats play one of those tedious exhibition games -- and ended up watching an orgy of dunks.It roared approval when Jeff Sheppard came off the bench to throw down a windmill slam.It erupted again when Derek Anderson swiped the ball in the frontcourt and raced in for a behind-the-head jam.When freshman sensation Ron Mercer just missed dunking an alley-oop pass, the crowd oohed and aahed.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | April 4, 1993
NEW ORLEANS -- In the end, Michigan couldn't quite give it away last night at the Louisiana Superdome. But in the end, Kentucky couldn't quite take its down-to-the-overtime buzzer NCAA semifinal.After blowing an 11-point lead in the second half, the Wolverines needed Jamal Masburn to foul out in overtime and Chris Webber to take over in an 81-78 victory. Webber had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wolverines.It was Webber's basket with 42 seconds left in overtime that put Michigan ahead by one. After two free throws by Jalen Rose 21 seconds later and a missed three-pointer by Gimel Martinez with six seconds to go, it was Webber's steal off the final inbounds pass that sealed the victory.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1999
Not all the contributions Terence Morris made to Maryland on Saturday night showed up in the box score. The junior forward from Frederick led the Terps to a 72-66 victory over No. 23 Kentucky in Maryland's biggest nonconference game at Cole Field House during Gary Williams' 11 seasons as coach. But before Morris scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, passed and defended, he had some advice for freshman point guard Steve Blake, who had complained about fatigue after an earlier stretch of three games in four days.
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