Even though the 2012 Final Four is Big East vs. SEC on one side and Big Ten vs. Big 12 on the other, there is a degree of familiarity between all four teams. That is because both semifinals are a rematch of a regular season non-conference game.
For Louisville vs. Kentucky, it is simply the next in the high stakes rivalry in the Bluegrass State. The two played on New Year's Eve in Lexington with the Wildcats winning state bragging rights with a 69-62 victory. The rivalry was thought to lie dormant until next season's meeting in Louisville but the fans will get a rematch in New Orleans. Russ Smith had a season high 30 points for Louisville int he first game, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 24 to go with 18 from Anthony Davis.
For Ohio State, the Buckeyes will look to avenge a tough regular season loss in which they were forced to play without Jared Sullinger. The buckeyes traveled to Lawrence and fell 78-67 to the Jayhawks on December 10th. Thomas Robinson had 21 points and seven rebounds, but will have a much more difficult time having to face Sullinger.
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