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Finals Watch: Celebrities aplenty, as usual

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Kentucky Wildcats had Drake celebrating with them after a victory, and Dwight Howard was doing the "Gator chomp" in the Florida student section.

As usual, the NCAA Final Four drew plenty of stars and celebrities.

After Kentucky won on a late shot to advance to the championship game, Drake was in the locker room with the Wildcats.

"That's great. He just told us to stay confident, and it's on us now," said Andrew Harrison, who had the pass to his freshman twin brother for the game-winning shot. "Just keep playing and don't be satisfied, so that was exciting for all of us."

Gators freshman Dominique Hawkins said he had never before celebrated a victory with someone as famous as the Canadian rapper-singer-actor.

"It's a blessing to play for Kentucky because we have so many fans, and fans like Drake," Hawkins said. "He told us to enjoy the moment and get what you want."

A few famous quarterbacks were also in the building - Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl winner with the Dallas Cowboys; Seattle Seahawks championship quarterback Russell Wilson, who played at Wisconsin; and former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who is skipping his final two seasons at Texas A&M to enter next month's NFL draft.

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick tweeted a picture from the Final Four, along with the note, "Whoa! This is a lot of seats. Don't always claim my birth state since I grew up in Illinois, but I'm cheering for WI."

Patrick is in town for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Former Duke teammates Christian Laettner and Grant Hill were in the building. Laettner made perhaps the most memorable shot ever in the NCAA tournament, his game-ending turnaround jumper after a court-length pass to beat Kentucky in 1992.

Howard, who went straight to the NBA from high school, was there with Houston Rockets teammate Chandler Parsons, who played at Florida from 2008-11.

Unfortunately for Parsons and Patrick, their teams lost.

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iconkestrell April 06 2014 at 3:32 PM

I love how they gave this Drake guy the title of "musician". You're not a musician if you can't play any instruments. A turn table is not an instrument. Popular music is so terrible these days because there's no real musicians anymore. It's just a bunch of talentless hacks using pre-recorded noise to rap to. Blah blah blah blah blah.

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ordobtrebla April 06 2014 at 2:00 PM

Number 7th seeded against the 6th seeded for the Championship...
So much for rankings by the know it all's...

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vcam537002 ordobtrebla April 06 2014 at 4:15 PM

7 and 8

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Kenny April 06 2014 at 2:44 PM

NON story......................... Patrick roots for you.............dooomed...........

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advtim2000 April 06 2014 at 2:45 PM

drake and the college football player are hardly celebrities

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grainman1955 advtim2000 April 06 2014 at 3:16 PM

Exactly !!

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vancurren advtim2000 April 06 2014 at 8:22 PM

why are football stadiums so large? so they can fit in the egos of all the players, coaches, "athletic directors" and the like.

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gerishpl2 April 06 2014 at 2:50 PM

uconn all the way

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Roger Mitchell gerishpl2 April 06 2014 at 8:06 PM

right ! all the way down to the losers exit

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TOM AND MARGIE April 06 2014 at 10:00 AM

they amazed me as freshmen. they just started to learn playing with each other. hope most of them will be back next year. what a team that will be

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vancurren April 06 2014 at 6:46 PM

Only drake i know is cupcakes.

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cae303 April 06 2014 at 4:38 PM

Check out Leroy Edwards 1932-35 All American University Kentucky. As a freshman he set record scoring 24 points per game winning all 17 games they played. First college player to score 34 points in a game against Creighton University. In 1935 Kentucky and NY University played in the old Madison Square Garden for National Championship. Record crowd 16,500. Two NY players hung on to Edwards throughout the game and Kentucky lost by one point. The play was so rough in that game that college officials enacted the 3 second rule. He was the first pro player to score 35 points in a game against Ft Wayne Zollner Pistons March 1942. He played for the Oshkosh Allstars of National Basketball League 1936-1949. One of Kentucky's and professional basketball greatest players of all times. His pro team is one of a few with a winning record over the NY Rens 17 of 33 games. He is a true pioneer of early basketball .

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Roger Mitchell cae303 April 06 2014 at 8:05 PM

creighton cheated

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petpetdon April 06 2014 at 8:55 AM

Wisconsin DESERVED to lose. They played lousy the last 8 minutes of the game. Wisconsin coming down the court, the guy dribbles the ball off his foot. Next trip down they pass and the players isn't even turned around.
When Wisconsin played "pass the ball" they NEVER got a good shot. Had they been more aggressive in the last 5 minutes they might have won. They played conservative and just plain deserved to lose.

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goodgrief61945 April 06 2014 at 6:09 PM

I must be getting old. Never heard of Drake, but if he made the team feel good, that's great. The best game I've seen in the tourney.

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