Louisville wearing infrared uniforms at Final 4

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Jay-Z, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, made an appearance earlier this season at Rupp Arena to watch the Wildcats, and came out onto the floor when he was introduced in the second half of the Wildcats' 69-62 victory over Louisville on Dec. 31 in the team's first meeting.

Nike sponsors Kentucky, while Judd is known as the program's biggest fan, often driving from her Franklin, Tenn. home to attended a handful of games each season. She's been a constant part of this year's Final Four run and gave a hug to Jay-Z, dressed in a New York Yankees' hat and his trademark jeans.

Wesley, also known as "Worldwide Wes" is a friend of Kentucky coach John Calipari, dating back to the recruitment of Wesley's godson, Dajuan Wagner, at Memphis.

OFFICIAL STRIPES: The NCAA selected Les Jones, Doug Shows and Joe DeRosa to officiate the first game between Kentucky and Louisville on Saturday night.

Jones is leading the crew as part of his fourth consecutive Final Four; Shows is officiating a Final Four game for the second straight year; and DeRosa will make his Final Four debut after a long career as an NBA official.

Jones had worked five previous games featuring Kentucky or Louisville this year, including the Wildcats' regional finals win over Baylor last week. He also officiated the Cardinals' one-point home loss to then-No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 13.

Shows has worked 11 games featuring the teams, including with Jones in Kentucky's victory against St. John's and Louisville's victory over Western Kentucky in December. DeRosa has had no experience with either school this year.

In the second game featuring Kansas and Ohio State, Jamie Luckie is working a Final Four for the third consecutive year. He's joined by Tom Eades, who is part of the Final Four for the third time in five years, and Patrick Adams, who is assigned for the second time in three years.

Luckie officiated Ohio State's victory over Cincinnati in the regional semifinals in Boston and a Kansas win over Georgetown at the Maui Invitational in November. Eades also worked the game in Maui between Georgetown-Kansas and four other Jayhawks games along with three Ohio State games this year.

Adams has worked two Kansas games this season, but none featuring the Buckeyes.

The standby official is Roger Ayers, who will be available for both games. Ayers, at his first Final Four, was part of the crew that didn't catch a sixth player on the court in Louisiana-Lafayette's 72-70 overtime victory over Western Kentucky on Jan. 5.

MONICA'S MOMENT: Grammy award winning R&B recording artist Monica performed the national anthem before Saturday night's semifinal games in New Orleans.

Monica Brown released her debut album "Miss Thang" in 1995 and had two singles reach the top of the R&B singles list, making her the youngest recording artist to have consecutive No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts. Her second album featured the duet, "The Boy is Mine" with Brandy.

Monica has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and was named one of the Top 50 R&B and hip hop artists of the past 25 years in 2010. She is married to Phoenix Suns and former Michigan State guard Shannon Brown and resides in Atlanta.

WOODEN AWARD: Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the Wooden Award on Saturday, the latest honor in his accolade-filled season.

Davis becomes the second freshman to win the Wooden Award after Kevin Durant also accomplished the feat in 2007. Hall of Fame coach John Wooden's grandson, Greg, presented the award on behalf of the Los Angeles Athletic club.

Davis won AP Player of the Year on Friday.

AP Sports Writers Colin Fly and Nancy Armour contributed to this report.

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