Kentucky wins the National Championship

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Despite being up by as many as 18, Kentucky held off the Kansas Jayhawks for their 8th National Title. The final score was 67-59.

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats celebrate with head coach John Calipari after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

The Jayhawks, who had great comebacks all season, fought to the finish and cut that deficit to 5 with about 1:35 left. But Kentucky knocked down 5 free throws to seal the win.

Kentucky’s Anthony Davis was nowhere to be seen on the offensive side of the floor. He only shot 1-10 from the field and had 6 points. However, he was a monster on defense. Davis grabbed 16 rebounds and had as many blacks as he did points, 6.

Doron Lamb, a sophomore with first-round-draft-pick dreams, led the Wildcats in scoring with 22 points, which included back-to-back 3-pointers that put them up by 16 with around 10 minutes left.

For Kansas, Thomas Robinson (another possible lottery pick for the NBA) finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds on a 6-for-17 shooting night. Robinson had this to say about Anthony Davis.

“He’s not Superman,” Robinson said. “He’s just a great player. I don’t mean to be disrespectful by it, but as a competitor, I’m not going to sit here and give all my praise to someone I go up against.”

This was a great game to watch. The tempo in the first 8 minutes was incredible. Both teams were going at it. Kentucky’s speed surely helped them win the Championship. Kansas should be proud of their run, because they were not expected to be where they ended up. I thought they were the one team that could have competed with the Wildcats, and they surely gave it their best shot.

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