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Time: 04-01-2012 22:40 User: cdye PubDate: 04-02-2012 Zone: IN Edition: 1 Page Name: A 1 Color: Black Yellow Magenta Cyan ELECTRIFYING AUCTION Sale of Coke memorabilia nets $7 million FEATURES | D1 HERO OF ORDER, A 109-1 LONG SHOT, WINS THE LOUISIANA DERBY INDIANA EDITION LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY courier-journal.com SPORTS | C4 M O N D AY , A P R I L 2 , 2 0 1 2 USPS 135560 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TONIGHT 9:23 P.M. TV: CBS-32 RADIO: WHAS-840 AM & WAKY-103.5 FM BLUE BLOOD BATTLE Basketball heavyweights Kentucky and Kansas collide in New Orleans Kentucky coach John Calipari shares a laugh with a reporter Sunday at a news conference before the NCAA basketball championship game. With him were UK players, from left, Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller. The Wildcats face the Kansas Jayhawks tonight in New Orleans’ Superdome. SCOTT UTTERBACK/THE COURIER-JOURNAL Calipari tones down UK rhetoric NEW ORLEANS — When the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team last played in the NCAA championship game, its quick return after playing in three finals in a row Eric titles Crawford withviewedin 1996 and ’98 was as inevitable. Instead, the program’s wait to return has seemed interminable. Tonight, it ends. Three years and one day after taking over as head coach, John Calipari will lead the Wildcats (37-2) into the championship game against Kansas (32-6) at 9:23 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In Big Easy, fans hang on to dream INSIDE It’s a heavyweight meeting of the two winningest programs in college basketball, but UK won a meeting between the two 75-65 on Nov. 15 in Madison Square Garden after leading by as many as 17 in the second half. UK’s season began with bombast. During a Big Blue Madness speech, Calipari told fans that his program would “once again redefine college basketball.” Behind him, inside a graphic of the words “The Kentucky Effect,” the number 8 was notso-subtly superimposed. No. 8, of course, would mean NCAA championship No. 8 for UK. But the closer the Wildcats have gotten See CRAWFORD, Page A7 » Anthony Davis’ next challenge: KU’s Thomas Robinson. Sports, C1 » U of L team welcomed home. A7 » Lexington authorities brace for more rowdiness tonight. B6 By Antoinette Konz and Jason Riley The Courier-Journal NEW ORLEANS — It has been on their minds since mid-October — and now the dream of seeing their team back in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game is about to come true for the large contingent of University of Kentucky fans who traveled to the Big Easy for the final showdown. “This is it, this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” said Lisa Carlisle, a diehard UK fan from Owensboro. ON THE WEB At www.courier-journal.com/finalfour, you’ll find: » Notes from Bourbon Street and beyond » Videos from New Orleans of the coaches' press briefings, practices, fans and more. Plus, join the conversations at www.facebook.com/ courierjournalsports See NEW ORLEANS, Page A6 2012 KENTUCKY GENERAL ASSEMBLY Budget OK’d but many bills were left to die By Joseph Gerth jgerth@courier-journal.com The Courier-Journal FRANKFORT, Ky. — With state lawmakers ready to move onto the truly important issues, like basketball, the 2012 session of the Kentucky General Assembly essentially ended Friday with a whimper. Gone were the fireworks that have closed recent sessions with vast disagreements over spending. And neither side walked out before the legislature had finished its primary responsibilities, includ- TRAFFIC HELP AT HAND Get the latest traffic info on your smart phone to help with your commute. Scan this code with a QR Code reader or go to www.bit.ly/cjtraffic $1.00 retail ing passing a budget. Friday was the last real working day of the General Assembly. Legislators will return April 12 to give them a chance to override any gubernatorial vetoes, but aren’t expected to do much more than that. Still, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said the session’s success will hinge upon what happens in two weeks, when the legislature still might complete work on a road plan and Stumbo’s priority of House Bill 4, which would crack down on doctors who over-prescribe pain medication. “There are still some loose ends out there, and I’m hopeful they can still be resolved,” he said. But some will tell you that just because the legislature doesn’t pass something, it doesn’t mean it failed. Controversial abortion legislation died in a House Committee, as it often does. The House killed a bill that would have essentially allowed AT&T and other telephone companies to stop offering basic land-line service in much of the state. A constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling failed to get out of the Senate, and a plan to bring the University TO OUR READERS Reach Joseph Gerth at (502) 582-4702. » Legislative session wrap-up. B6 WEATHER | B2 The Courier-Journal will publish a combined oneedition newspaper Tuesday morning in order to give all of our readers the NCAA championship game story. of Pikeville into the state-supported system died in the House. Several oddball pieces of legislation survived the legislative gantlet. When legislation becomes law 100 days from now, coal truck drivers will have their own appreciation day, Confederate soldiers will no longer be able to draw Kentucky pensions and it will be a crime to release wild hogs in the state. 36-HOUR FORECAST Indiana: Partly sunny today and tomorrow with scattered showers and storms. 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