Final Four Set

The second half of the NCAA Tournament's Final Four was decided today with
regional final games from the East and Midwest. The first two teams qualified
on Saturday, as Florida won the South Region and Wisconsin captured the West
Region.

In 2011, Connecticut rode an incredible individual stretch from their point
guard all the way to a national championship. Three years later, the Huskies
are back in the Final Four, and in no small part due to the efforts of their
current floor general. Shabazz Napier put up 25 points and six rebounds while
carrying Connecticut in the second half, and the Huskies punched their ticket
to North Texas with a 60-54 decision over Michigan State in the East Region
final in front of a pro-Huskies crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Aaron Harrison and the Kentucky Wildcats proved once again they've finally
come of age, advancing to the Final Four with a thrilling 75-72 victory over
Michigan on the freshman guard's tie- breaking 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds
remaining. Harrison's incredibly clutch basket gave the rookie-dominated
Wildcats a surprise Midwest Region title as an eighth seed in which they
knocked off a trio of 2013 Final Four participants to get there. Kentucky
(28-10) earned a trip to the Elite Eight with wins over previously unbeaten
Wichita State and defending national champ Louisville, then punched its ticket
to the national semis by outlasting the 2013 runner-up Wolverines in a down-
to-the-wire nail-biter. Michigan's Nik Stauskas topped all scorers with 24
points, but his desperation 3-point try from halfcourt at the buzzer landed
well off the mark as the Wolverines' (28-9) bid for a second straight Final
Four berth came up just short.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

4 days 6 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Borgia Freshman Golfer Thomas Alferman. Alferman is a member of the Borgia team that qualified for the state tournament at Silo Ridge in Boliver this week. In the district tournament at the Sullivan Country Club, Thomas shot a 13 over par 84 helping the team to a second place finish.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 day 3 hours ago

Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

10 hours 3 min ago

The Cardinals and Royals renew their I-70 rivalry tonight in Kansas City. It's a battle of first-place teams, with Lance Lynn slated to oppose the Royals' Chris Young in the opener of the three-game set. The teams will rematch with three more games at Busch Stadium in mid-June.