ATLANTA -Signs in three different parts of the basketball configuration of the Georgia Dome tell of the future.
In the tunnels leading to the makeshift court and on the hanging scoreboard above the hardwood were signs proclaiming that this venue would host the 2013 edition of the NCAA Division I Final Four.
On Friday night, they got a dry run.
In an atmosphere that would be fitting for a round of four or two than the Sweet 16, Indiana and Kentucky put on a show for 24,731 fans in Atlanta Friday night in the South Region Semi-Final.
In the end, however, it was the fourth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers who saw their dream run of a season come to an end as top-seeded Kentucky won a track meet of a basketball game 102-90.
Tom Crean's team finishes the season 27-9 and completes their deepest run in the tournament since 2002.
The first half was an high-powered offensive display despite the fact that two of the games best players barely saw the floor. Two quick fouls on Anthony Davis put him on the Kentucky bench six minutes into the half and that's where he stayed till halftime.
Cody Zeller had similar issues, getting his second foul in the first six minutes and saw action for just three more.
It didn't stop the offense of either team, who took turns leading in a track meet of basketball. Kentucky used a quick run after Zeller left to grab a 31-22 lead. Indiana then responded in kind, using 17 points from Christian Watford to build as much as a four point lead towards the end of the half.
Kentucky had the last hurrah for the half, getting a three-point play byMichael Kidd-Gilchrist to grab a three-point lead at the half.
The Wildcats then began to assert themselves inside against the Hoosiers, using a flurry of lay-ups to push the lead above double digits. Davis' offensive rebound and putback pushed the lead to 13 with 8:54 to play.
The Hoosiers, however, were not finished and a Cody Zeller layup at the five minute mark pulled Indiana to within five. But Kentucky's solid free throw shooting assured no full comeback, as the Wildcats hit 35-of-37 from the line to seal the victory.