Indiana Upsets Oklahoma 73 - 64
Indiana shocked the heavily favored Oklahoma Sooners 73 - 64 in the NCAA national semifinals. The Hoosiers will play in their sixth national championship on Monday night against Maryland. The fifth-seed Hoosiers knocked off the Sooners using strong defense, long-range shooting, and a solid inside game.
Jeff Newton recorded a career-high 19 points for Indiana. Newton also was a force on defense, rejecting four shots. Aaron McGhee managed 22 points for the Sooners, but he fouled out with five minutes left when Indiana took control at the end.
The Hoosiers perked up their long-range shooting in the second half. They made all six of their three-pointers in the second half to pull off the shocker for coach Mike Davis, who has guided Indiana into the Final Four for the first time since replacing Bob Knight. The Hoosiers last won a national title 10 years ago.
Maryland Holds Off Kansas 97 - 88
Maryland earned its first trip to the national championship by running away from Kansas 97 - 88 in a matchup of two top seeds from their respective regionals. The Terrapins built a 20 point lead with about six minutes to play before Kansas went on a late run to close to within five in the final minute.
Juan Dixon led the way for the Terrapins with 34 points. He canned 5 of 11 three-point shots. Nick Collison led Kansas with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Maryland advances to play Indiana on Monday in the national title game.
**The Hoosiers have won all five of their previous national title games.