By The Associated Press
Kentucky’s bench comes up big against Louisville
NEW ORLEANS — Darius Miller made the most of his moment. Freshman Kyle Wiltjer did the same in his cameo.
Two guys who’d likely start for other team in the nation are bench players at Kentucky. They highlighted the fact that the Wildcats have overflowing athleticism in a 69-61 victory over Louisville in the national semifinals Saturday night.
Miller had 13 points, Wiltjer added five and both snuffed out the Cardinals’ momentum at key points with their play on both ends of the floor.
Wiltjer was among the nation’s top 20 prospects last year, but is largely overshadowed by the freshman starters: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague. Miller had started 69 games over his previous two seasons, but willingly went to the bench to make room for Kidd-Gilchrist.
Big comeback leads KU to 64-62 win over Ohio St
NEW ORLEANS — Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four.
Kansas rallied from 13 points down to complete another comeback in a game the Jayhawks led for a grand total of 3:48 — two of those minutes coming when the score was 2-0.
Elijah Johnson, whose layup won an equally dicey game against Purdue in the regional semifinals, made one with 1:12 left to put the Jayhawks up 62-59 — their biggest lead of the game.
Kansas (32-6) plays Kentucky in the final Monday.