Boston Celtics: Final Four

An alma mater: Kansas vs. Kentucky

April, 2, 2012
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Stephen Dunn/Allsport Paul Pierce will have his Kansas gear on Monday night for the national title game.
BOSTON -- Celtics captain Paul Pierce had three University of Kansas baseball caps and a Jayhawks T-shirt on display at his locker before Sunday's showdown with the Miami Heat. Clearly, the captain was hoping that teammate and Kentucky product Rajon Rondo -- who resides just a few stalls down -- might take notice.

So have the two made a bet before their alma maters clash on Monday night in New Orleans?

"Yeah, we definitely have a friendly wager," said Pierce. "We'll talk about it after Kansas wins."

Informed of Pierce's bold prediction, Rondo shot back, "He has to say that, he went to Kansas. But we all know what's going to happen tomorrow."

No surprise which way these two are leaning. How about we lean on an unbiased observer -- at least with Duke and Marquette out of the tourney -- in Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Who ya got?

"That’s a tough one, because I like both coaches," said Rivers. "And I had both of them in my pool, by the way, playing in the finals... I won [the Celtics' NCAA pick 'em pool] -- it’s already over, because I said it was over and I’m the head coach. I picked Kansas before it all started. I don’t think I’m going to be right, but I did pick Kansas."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9