2012KENTUCKY 67, KANSAS 59 April 2, 2012New Orleans, La.
Kentucky's top freshman, Anthony Davis, had a rough shooting night, but John Calipari still coached the Wildcats to a wire-to-wire victory in a battle of two legendary programs. Doron Lamb led UK with 22 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Cats up by 16 with 10 minutes left. The Jayhawks trimmed the deficit to five with 1:37 left before Kentucky made five free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, was another headliner, scoring all 11 of his points in the first half. Davis, meanwhile, might have had the most dominating six-point night in the history of college basketball, earning the nod as the most outstanding player. He finished with 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals - and made his only field goal with 5:13 left to play. It was a peffect illustration of how the 6-foot-10 freshman can impact a game even on a rare night when his shot isn't falling.
On the heels of a school record 30-win regular season (16-0 SEC), top seeded UK defeated in-state rival Louisville, 69-61, to earn a spot in the championship game en route to Kentucky’s eighth national title and John Calipari’s first.