Kentucky holds off Kansas for eighth national title
The consensus going into the national championship seemed to be
that Kentucky had the talent, but Kansas had the team. The Wildcats
played both parts in New Orleans, dominating at both ends of the floor
for most of the game and holding off the Jayhawks, 67-59, for their eighth
national title and their first since 1998.
The win gave Kentucky
coach John Calipari his first national title, and it came at the expense
of the team and coach who denied him in the 2008 championship game with
The winningest program in college basketball had little
trouble picking up win No. 2,090. The Wildcats (38-2) raced to an early
lead and led 41-27 at halftime despite getting no scoring from national
player of the year Anthony Davis.
Davis made his impact
elsewhere. In the first half alone he had nine rebounds, four assists
and three blocks, surpassing the national freshman record of 182 blocks
set by Marshall's Hassan Whiteside in 2010. He finished with six points,
16 rebounds, five assists and six blocks.
Doron Lamb scored 22 points to lead three Kentucky players in double digits.
Taylor scored 19 points in his final game for Kansas, and Thomas
Robinson notched his national-best 27th double double with 18 points and
GAME NOTEBOOK: The rematch of Calipari vs.
Self marked only the third coaching rematch in the national title game
in history. … Kentucky has won 41 consecutive games when leading at
halftime, including all 32 this season. … The 41-27 deficit was the
biggest halftime deficit of the season for Kansas, which led at halftime
only once in its six games in the tournament.