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.
Anthony 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.
Kentucky led by double digits for most of the game, for over 23 minutes of game action between the 7:17 mark of the first half and the 4:17 mark of the second half. The outcome seemed like a certainty. Kansas then made a late last gap surge that put the outcome in a little bit of doubt, and managed to cut it to a 5 point game with a minute and a half left, and almost forced a turnover before the loose ball went to Kentucky, and Anthony Davis got fouled.
Kentucky was the best team in 2012, and they saved their best for the tournament. Congratulations, Big Blue Nation, 2012 National Champs.