It was a terrific season of basketball for all Kansas Jayhawks fans, and we couldn’t be more proud of Thomas Robinson, Jeff Withey, Tyshawn Taylor, and the rest of the team for their heroic performances this year to lead this team to the National Championship. That said, Kentucky was the better team, and they proved it by building a huge first half lead against Kansas and keeping it. As you know, Kansas plays lockdown defense and takes control of the game during the final 20 minutes, but they couldn’t climb back from a 14-point half-time deficit this time. Kentucky was just too good.
“I wanted everybody to see, we were the best team this season,” said John Calipari “We were the best team. I wanted this to be one for the ages.”
Speaking of Coach Cal, I never get why so many people hate him. There are people who only follow postseason basketball who automatically equate Calipari with “jerk”. Is it because all those recruits and a big scandal in Memphis steer them the wrong way? He’s one of the best handful of coaches in college basketball, and anybody who disagrees needs to have a really good reason for it. He isn’t a jerk, although he is definitely polarizing and can sometimes come off as such. Calipari is a down-to-earth coach, and he finally has that National Championship to get some critics off his back.
The quote he said above is right, because this team is one of the most talented in recent memory, and they deserved to win. It’s not like they took down some easy teams on the way here, because beating a terrific opponent like Kansas (held Kentucky to just 26 points in the second half) takes a ton of skill. This is especially true when your best player- a 30+ PER guy- goes 1-10.
Doron Lamb should have been the MVP of the game, even if Anthony Davis made up for some off shooting with lockdown defense (six blocks, harassed Withey) and had 16 boards. John Calipari tabbed Doron Lamb- not Davis- as his best player back in August. While Davis has certainly surpassed him with his monstrous year, Lamb is still a great player in his own right. He cemented his status as a future first-round pick by getting back to his sharp-shooting ways with 22 points on 7-12 shooting; he also submitted three dimes.
The Jayhawks actually committed just nine turnovers (five from Taylor in a very poor game for the star), but they were also out-rebounded and shot 35.5% from the floor. They also got blocked 11 times, which is just absurd and is a testament to Davis’s skill, as well as the contributions of Darius Miller and Terrence Jones.
“What I’m hoping is there are six first-rounders on this team,” John Calipari said. “I’m fine with that. That’s why I’ve got to go recruiting on Friday.”
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