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NCAA: Upsets Continue as Kentucky Falls to UAB - 2004-03-22

The upsets continue in the march toward the NCAA men's college basketball championship, as the University of Alabama at Birmingham stunned top-seeded Kentucky, 76-75.

Mo Finley hit a jump shot with just over 12 seconds remaining Sunday to put UAB in the lead. The Blazers then survived a final scoring attempt by Kentucky to win. Finley finished with 17 points as UAB moves into the Sweet-16 for the first time since 1982. UAB, seeded ninth in the Saint Louis bracket, will face fourth-seeded Kansas in the regional semifinals Friday. Kansas beat Pacific, 78-63.

Kentucky failed to reach the Sweet-16 for the first time since 2000 and for just the second time in the last 10 years. The Wildcats also became the second top seed to lose in the second round, following Stanford's loss to Alabama (70-67) on Saturday.

Also a surprise Sunday was number-seven Xavier, which knocked out second-seeded Mississippi State, 89-74. Lionel Chalmers scored a career-high 31 points and Dedrick Finn added 22, to help Xavier's Musketeers shock the Southeastern Conference regular-season champions. Xavier advances to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1990 and will meet Texas on Friday in Atlanta.

North Carolina State blew a 10-point advantage with just over two minutes remaining as Vanderbilt rallied to win, 75-73. Georgia Tech was a 57-54 winner over Boston College. Illinois eliminated Cincinnati, 92-68. Oklahoma State was a 70-53 winner over Memphis. Pittsburgh downed Wisconsin, 59-55.

Some information for this report provided by AP.