Final Four Tips Off Tonight

George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga gathers with his team during practice for the Final Four basketball championship in Indianapolis, Friday, March 31, 2006. George Mason will play Florida in the semifinals on Saturday. (AP Photos/Mark Humphrey) AP Photo

The calendar says April, but March Madness rolls on as the men's basketball Final Four starts just after 6 p.m. Saturday at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

The Florida Gators take on the unlikely George Mason Patriots in the first semifinal. UCLA and LSU play in the second game for the other spot in Monday night's championship game.

Florida forward Corey Brewer says, "It's time to kiss Cinderella and send her home."

The 11th-seeded Patriots dispatched of Michigan State, defending NCAA champ North Carolina, Wichita State and top-seeded Connecticut in the past two weeks.

George Mason's 45-minute public workout Saturday was normal – if a practice in front of 10,000 people can be considered normal for a mid-major college basketball team.

Forward Folarin Campbell called the workout "pretty much normal." It lacked the usual crowd-pleasing dunk fests and shooting contests that most teams do at the Final Four.

The upstart Patriots are trying to pull off the biggest surprise and upset in American sports since the 1980 Miracle on Ice.



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Glen 'Big Baby' Davis is the big story of the second game. After walking into the team's news conference, Davis sat down and started his own version of comedy central.

"I'm just trying to act my weight and my age," he answered to the first question. "You know, I don't want to get too excited. I'm just going to try and ride it out."

His answer lasted more than a minute and left his teammates nearly speechless when the moderator asked them for additional comments.

Apparently, following Davis' punch lines proved almost as unwieldy a task as matching up with LSU's portly post player, who is 6-foot-9 and 310 pounds.

Throughout the routine, Davis' teammates snickered and covered their mouths. At one point, freshman Tyrus Thomas almost spit out his water.

Final Four coverage begins at 3 p.m. EST Saturday on CBS.
  • James Klatell

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