What was looking like a blowout turned into a decent game down the stretch, but the University of Kentucky held off a late rally by the University of Kansas to win its eighth national championship.
The Wildcats led by as many as 18 points in the first half and 14 points at halftime. They were even up by 15 with only 5:13 left to go in the game, but the Kansas Jayhawks came storming back to pull within five points with just over 90 seconds left.
It wasn’t enough, though. Led by Doron Lamb’s 22 points and closing out the contest by making seven free throws down the stretch, Kentucky pulled out the victory. It is Coach John Calipari’s first national title. He previously made it to the finals with Memphis in 2008, where they lost in overtime to Kansas, interestingly enough. That season was subsequently vacated when Derrick Rose’s SAT scores were found invalid by the NCAA.
Kentucky’s last national championship was in 1998. Congratulations to the Wildcats on their 38-2 season and their title.