It’s not often that the best team of the season wins it all and becomes national champion, but that’s exactly what happened last night, with the Wildcats winning their eight national title against the Kansas Jayhawks. The guys from UK held a double digit lead for most of the game, but even though Kansas tried to come back in the end, rallying to within five with one minute and a half left, Kentucky won it easily.
And this happened while their best player, Anthony Davis, had just one basket and a total of six points, but he was freaking great defensively, with 16 boards, a title game record six blocks, five assists and three steals. MKG wasn’t too great either, with just 11 points and 6 boards, while Doron Lamb led all scorers with 22 points and Marquis Teague scored 14 for the ‘Cats.
Thomas Robinson was the best guy from Kansas, struggling to hurt Kentucky’s defense, but even though he had his best game yet, with 18 points and 17 rebounds, it was still not enough for a win.
It was Calipari’s first national championship in four trips to the Final Four but we’ll see how good he really is next year when Kentucky will probably lose Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Teague and Lamb. I’m sure they’ll recruit top talent but don’t know if it would be as good as this one. Kansas will lose some of their best players, like Taylor and Robinson to the NBA Draft as well.
PS: boy I was close with the prediction for this game, I’ve said they’ll win by 5 to 10 points, it was an 8 point difference, and said the ‘Cats would score over 70, they’ve had 67 points, still, pretty damn close.