Kentucky looked like the dominant team they had been all tournament. Kansas looked like the slow-starting resilient team they were all tournament. In the end, it was Kentucky’s early brilliance holding sway over the Jayhawks’ toughness.
The Wildcats hit the jackpot with their lottery picks Monday night, ignoring Anthony Davis’ bad shooting night and parlaying a roster full of NBA talent into a 67-59 victory over Kansas for the team’s eighth national title and its first since 1998.
“I don’t know of any team that has sacrificed for each other like this team and they deserve this moment, they really do,” Calipari said.
Davis was only 1 for 10 from the field, yet still had a monster performance. He stuffed the stat sheet 15 rebounds, 6 blocks, 5 assists, and 3 steals to go with 6 points, and made key play after key play, whether it was a steal from Thomas Robinson following a rebound, or a late run out that forced a travel from Elijah Johnson when a three pointer could have made it a three point game in the final minute.
Doron Lamb, a sophomore with first-round-draft-pick possibilities, led the Wildcats (38-2) with 22 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers that put them up by 16 with 10 minutes left.
“This is not about me. This is about these 13 players,” Calipari said. “This is about the Big Blue Nation.”