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No lack of tradition in this regional semifinal; fans get ready

by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 23 at 10:58 PM

ATLANTA (AP) -- At Kentucky, the bar is set a lot higher than most places.

On Friday night, the Wildcats will be matched in an NCAA regional semifinal against one of the few college basketball programs that can give them a run when it comes to passion and tradition. Kentucky has Adolph Rupp. Indiana counters with Bob Knight. Few fans get as worked up about the game as those in the Bluegrass State. Unless you happen be among those hoops-crazy Hoosiers.

With a dozen national titles between them, this is about as good as it gets without actually being at the Final Four. Coach Tom Crean has led a remarkable turnaround at Indiana, while Kentucky's John Calipari has positioned Kentucky for another title run with his latest dream team.

Tip-off is at 9:45 p.m.  The winner moves on to the Elite Eight with a matchup against either Baylor or Xavier.

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