Kentucky advances to NCAA title game, beats Louisville 69-61

Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) drives to the net past Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) and forward Anthony Davis during the first half of their men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 31, 2012.       REUTERS/Chris Stepping NCAA Photos/POOL   (UNITED STATES  - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) coach showed why he’s a master tactician. It still wasn’t enough to beat Kentucky.  Relying on offensive rebounding and Pitino’s savvy, Louisville kept it close before fading in a 69-61 loss to in-state rival in the Final Four on Saturday night.  Louisville (30-10) got off to a jittery start and had a hard time matching up with Kentucky’s stable of future players. The Cardinals kept clawing, though, turning 19 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points to twice rally from double-digit deficits.  Even with one of the game’s best in-game coaches pulling the strings, Louisville couldn’t keep up with the racing Wildcats the entire 40 minutes, allowing Kentucky (37-2) to shoot 57 percent and reach Monday’s championship game against either or Ohio State.  Peyton Siva had 11 points and added 10 for Louisville.