A rapid recap on Kentuckys 67-59 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2012 NCAAM National Championship.
Anthony Davis is unquestionably the best player in college basketball right now, and he proved it by going 1-10. Wait, what? Davis had 16 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and six blocks and played some great defense (just packing the Jayhawks incessantly) to make up for just six points. It’s not always about scoring and efficiency, it’s about making a few passes here and there and hauling in rebounds.
Speaking of bringing down the boards, our elite big man, Thomas Robinson, finished with 17 of them and had 18 points. He and Tyshawn Taylor took 17 shots each, with Taylor finishing with 19 points. However, he had more turnovers (five) than assists (3).
Players on Kansas’s bench played for a combined 30 minutes, but only Conner Teahan (the most used bench player) took a shot and, of course, missed it. They had no bench points, and only Kevin Young (three rebounds, one block, four fouls) did much of note. On the flip side, Kentucky’s star sixth man Darius Miller had all of the bench’s points (five). Miller is always a player who provides some bench production, and he did with six rebounds and two blocks. Both of these teams carry just three bench players, and this was always going to be a game of starters.
After a game against Louisville that was a complete anomaly, Doron Lamb did a good job of forgetting about that game and concentrating on what he almost always does best; shoot. He finished 7-12/3-6/5-6 with 22 points. Elijah Johnson shot the most threes for Kansas and finished 3-7 from beyond the arc with 13 total points.
Star defensive player Jeff Withey had his game face on, and he had six stocks and seven rebounds in a well-rounded performance on defense. However, he did go 2-8, but it wasn’t as weak as Travis Releford’s performance in which he went 1-6 and fouled out.
Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are both Kentucky stars who finished 4-7 from the floor and combined for 20 points and 13 rebounds, with Jones adding two blocks and a steal. Guard Marquis Teague was one of three players on Kentucky with a double-double, and he finished with 14 points.
Your MVP is Doron Lamb, and the final score is 67 Kentucky, 59 Kansas. It looks like Kansas isn’t the only team that can win ugly, and there is no doubt that the better team won. Congrats on the Kansas players for a terrific season- we weren’t even supposed to be here in fall- and to the Kentucky fans who are celebrating this win with class. The Wildcats did a phenomenal job this season, and it’s great to see John Calipari with a National Championship under his belt- without any gaffes. He may be polarizing and, to some, shady, but he’s a great coach. Deal with it.
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Topics: Anthony Davis, Conner Teahan, Darius Miller, Doron Lamb, Elijah Johnson, Jeff Withey, John Calipari, Kansas Jayhawks Basketball, Kentucky, Kevin Young, Louisville, Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, National Championship, Terrence Jones, Thomas Robinson, Travis Releford, Tyshawn Taylor