Kentucky held off Kansas in the final moments, defeating the Jayhawks, 67-59 on Monday night. Kansas finished the season with a record of 32-7, while Kentucky improved to 38-2.
For the Jayhawks making it to the national title game was quite a bit further then most expected. Many felt, the team would falter in the regional final game vs North Carolina, instead the experienced Jayhawks pulled away from the Tar Heels en route to the win.
The 2012 season started off with a bang, as Kansas thumped Towson State, 100-54. Then the game with Kentucky happened, on a neutral court, Kansas fell by ten points. Big games then came against Georgetown, UCLA, and Duke. The Jayhawks came out of this stretch with another loss versus Duke. One more loss came on December, 19th against Davidson, before the team rounded off 10 wins straight.
Then on January, 28th Kansas ran into a strong Iowa State team coached by Fred Hoiberg. The Cyclones defeated Kansas, 72-64. One week later, Kansas suffered another setback, against 4th-ranked Missouri. The Jayhawks lost 74-71. In the Big 12 tournament, Kansas lost to Baylor, 81-72. The NCAA tournament committee awarded the Jayhawks the second seed in Midwest region.
Victories against Detroit, Purdue, North Carolina State, North Carolina and Ohio State ensued leading to the title game.
Now the team moves into the off-season mode and wondering if star forward, Thomas Robinson will depart for the NBA. Tyshon Taylor is a senior so they will lose him. Expected to return though for the Jayhawks are key contributors in Elijah Johnson, Jeff Withey, and Travis Releford. If Robinson does declare as expected, the team will have big shoes to fill. The forward led the team in scoring, averaging 18 points per game and rebounds with 12. Kansas will falter some, but expect great things once again from the team next season.
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