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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 10:30 am  |  7 responses

Kentucky Outlasts Kansas to Win National Title

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

As Editor-in-Chief Ben Osborne Live Blogged last night, Kentucky capped off a remarkable season by defeating Kansas, 67-59, to win the national championship. The title was the first for the Wildcats since 1998.

As it has done all year, Kentucky’s defense set the tone of the game. The Wildcats blocked 11 shots and held Kansas to 35.5 percent shooting from the field.

Keying that defensive effort was freshman center Anthony Davis, who was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Davis had just six points but also added 16 rebounds, six blocks and three steals.

The championship was Kentucky’s eighth but head coach John Calipari’s first. Afterwards, he didn’t want to dwell on his own accomplishment.

From Kentucky.com:

“This is not about me,” Calipari told a national television audience upon accepting the championship trophy with his team in the Superdome. “This is about these 13 players. This is about the Big Blue Nation. I don’t know of any team that has sacrificed for each other like this team, and they deserve this moment. They really do.”

While Davis led the way, the Wildcats got major contributions all year from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller. Kentucky finished the season 38-2. It was the least number of losses for a champion since Connecticut won with two losses in 1999.

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  • abaci

    Congrats to Kentucky, Kansas had a hell of a season too.

  • cbb_fanatic

    This team should be the epitome of how a real TEAM should play. My point is that Anthony Davis dominated this game on rebounds, blocks, assists, and steals alone. He didn’t even have to score. The versatility of this team (not only Davis) is why they will succeed in the NBA. For them to be so young (and not stuck on themselves and just trying to stack points like some other freshmen), they understood their roles and played WITH each other instead of FOR each other. But AD deserves the most outstanding player award; he ALWAYS has a reason to be on the floor!! Congrats to the Champs, BBN!!!!

  • riggs

    In my opinion they didnt outlast kansas, they dominated them. Yeah kansas came back a bit, but it wasn’t to the point where you thought kentucky was going to lose.

  • patrick

    Kansas sucked that game. ANd Kentucky is just better skill-wise ..alot more dominant scorers on that team.. Kansas guys were kinda timid on offensive.

  • @boweezy24

    Kansas Wasn’t The Problem, Kentucky Was. Davis’s D Was Too Much.

  • bdogg

    cal pal but the brakes on in the 2nd half..lamb bailed the cats out but the game should not have been that close down the stretch..cats played not to lose than to win!

  • TRUTH

    So was I one of the few who KNEW that the Wildcats had this Championship on dead bolt? LOL. I love Kansas, but they KNEW they had their work cut out for them. Congrats to my BBN. But also a shoutout to the Jayhawks for being worthy opponents and keeping it close. They played us tough!!!

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