Anthony Davis and top-seeded Kentucky are right where everyone thought they would be, playing for the national title after finally putting away rival Louisville 69-61 in the Final Four on Saturday night.
Kentucky shot a ridiculous 57 percent with Davis leading the way. He missed just one of his eight shots and finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, and let his play speak for itself, not showing any emotion until those closing seconds of the game.
It will be Kentucky’s first appearance in the title game since winning a seventh NCAA crown back in 1998 and gives Calipari another shot at the title that has eluded him. The Wildcats will face Kansas on Monday night for the crown.
Louisville outrebounded Kentucky 40-33, including a 19-6 advantage on the offensive glass, the main reason the Cardinals were able to make a game of this.
A frustrated Rick Pitino had this to say following the game:
“To tell you the truth, I haven’t always liked some of the Kentucky teams. I’m not going to lie to you,” adding “But I really like this team a lot because of their attitude and the way they play.”
“I’ll certainly be rooting for them hard to bring the trophy back to Kentucky. … They’re a great group of guys, doing a tremendous job.”
Pitino also complimented Anthony Davis:
“Anthony Davis is just the No.1 player in the draft,” Pitino said of the 19-year-old freshman, who has won just about every player of the year award there is. “When you’re playing against Bill Russell on the pro level, you realize why the Celtics won 11 world championships.”
–Kentucky will face Kansas for the NCAA Crown–
[via Associated Press]
Video: Every Dunk by Kentucky in its Final Four Win Over Louisville
Video: Anthony Davis’s Big Block