Kansas was going for 3 consecutive mirscle rallies in the NCAA Tournament as they ralled from their biggest tournament deficet of 18 points 41-23 just before the half. They scored back to back hoops to cut the Kentucky half-time lead to 41-27.
They managed to cut the lead to 5 late in the game, but could not get over the hump this time as they fell 67-59 after outscoring the Wildcats 32 to 26 in the second half, to finally lose by 8, 67-59.
Kentucky with their outstanding freshmen 6’10 Davis who was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament was held to just one field goal in 10 attempts and 4 for 6 from the line for just 6 points.
However, he showed that he could still dominate a game by scoring just one field goal, by blocking 6 shots, altering many others, 16 rebounds including 4 offensive boards.
Kentucky shot 23 for 56 from the floor for 41% while Kansas shot 22 for 62 for 36%. The Wildcats were 15 for 21 from the line for 71% and the Jayhawks shot 10-15 for 67%.
Kansas was 5 for 11 from three point land for 46% and the Wildcats were 6 for 14 for 43%.
Kansas had just 9 assists of their 22 field goals mad and Kentucky had 12 assists of their 23 field goals made. Kentucky had 11 turnovers and Kansas just 9.
Lamb led the Wildcats with 22, Teague had 12 and Kid-Gilcrist had 11. For the Jayhawks, Taylor lead the way with 19, Robinson had 18 and Johnsomn had 13. Those 3 scored 50 of Kansas’s 59 points.
It was a game of one on ones as only 21 assists were made on 45 made field goals made so only 46.7% of field goals made were off assists.
One on one moves and offensive boards dominated the scoring.
John Calipari finally has won a National NCAA Championship after stints at Massachusetts, Memphis and 3 years at Kentucky.