U-Conn/Kentucky For the Title

DeAndre Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Shabazz Napier scored just 12 but contributed in other ways on a night when his offensive game took a long time to warm up, and Connecticut climbed out of an early hole Saturday night to beat Florida 63-53 and advance to the NCAA title game. The Huskies, after trailing 16-4, led for the last 22:20 of the game to snap Florida's school-record 30-game winning streak, which began after the Gators lost to UConn on Napier's buzzer-beater all the way back on Dec. 2. Napier and the Huskies will play for their second title in four years against Kentucky on Monday night. Ryan Boatright scored 13 points and Niels Giffey added 11 for UConn (31-8), which made it through the East Region as a No. 7 seed and is now just one win away from its fourth national title in 16 years. Patric Young scored 19 points and Casey Prather had 15 to lead Florida (36-3), the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, while SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin scored just four points. The Gators had two assists on each of their first two baskets during a 7-0 run to open the game and didn't get another one until there was just 4:09 left in the contest.

Aaron Harrison knocked down another go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds and Kentucky beat Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night to reach the NCAA title game. Harrison's shot from the high left side over Josh Gasser came with 5.7 seconds left and after Traevon Jackson went 2-for-3 on free throws at the other end -- Wisconsin's only missed foul shot of the game. Jackson backed Harrison off with his dribble on the game's final play, but missed a pull-up jumper at the buzzer. The Wildcats, seeking their second national championship in three years, will play Connecticut on Monday night at AT&T Stadium. The Huskies knocked off No. 1 overall seed Florida earlier Saturday. James Young scored 17 points, Julius Randle had 16, Dakari Johnson scored 10, while Harrison and his twin brother Andrew combined for 17 points for Kentucky (29-10). Freshmen all, they helped the Wildcats -- seeded No. 8 in the Midwest Region -- continue their rise from unfulfilling preseason No. 1 to within one victory of the program's ninth national championship. Aaron Harrison also hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds of last Sunday's win over Michigan to give Kentucky its third Final Four berth in five seasons under John Calipari. Ben Brust and Sam Dekker scored 15 points apiece to pace Wisconsin (30-8) and leading scorer Frank Kaminsky finished with eight. The Badgers made the Final Four for the first time in coach Bo Ryan's 13 seasons.

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Washington Softball Player Megan Micke. The Junior Shortstop had a terrific start to the season helping the Jays to a second place finish in the Union Tournament Saturday. In three games, Megan had 11 plate appearances, eight official at-bats, four hits, including a double, an rbi, a stolen base with six runs scored, three walks and two strike outs.

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Jorge Soler launched two home runs in just his third Major League game as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 7-2 at Busch Stadium. Soler went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs while Javier Baez added two RBI. Luis Valbuena and Arismendy Alcantara each hit a solo shot for the Cubs to end a short two game skid. Neil Ramirez earned the win in relief.