FINALS WATCH: The big slow down

ATLANTA (AP) — Wichita State wanted to make the Final Four a knock-down, drag-out fight, and so far it’s working. The blue-collar team has done a fairly good job the first half of breaking Louisville’s press, and that’s turned the game into a half-court blood-and-guts tussle.

Literally, in the case of Carl Hall.

The Shockers’ high-energy forward spent an entire timeout with a wad of cotton stuck up his nostril after getting a bloody nose during one flurry under the basket.

— Dave Skretta — http://twitter.com/@APdaveskretta

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NCAA Finals Watch follows the Final Four games and all the activities surrounding the event as seen by journalists from The Associated Press from across Atlanta. It will be updated throughout the day with breaking news and other items of interest. Follow AP reporters on Twitter where available.

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