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Rothstein Files: 5 Observations From Kentucky’s NCAA Title Win Over Kansas

John Calipari (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

John Calipari (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

By Jon Rothstein
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1. STAT SHEET STUFFER

Not many players can go 1-10 from the field and be the best player on the floor — but most players aren’t Anthony Davis. Kentucky’s freshman big man dominated Kansas without scoring and was the difference in the Wildcats’ 67-59 win. Davis finished with six points, 16 rebounds, five assists, six blocks, and three steals.

2. ON THE DEFENSIVE

This Kentucky team will be remembered for a lot of different reasons but the biggest one should be their defense. The Wildcats smothered Kansas throughout the entire game, holding the Jayhawks to just 35 percent shooting from the floor.

3. LETHAL LAMB

He’s often been the forgotten starter for Kentucky this season but on this night Doron Lamb arose from the shadows. The sophomore was lights out the entire night, tallying 22 points on just seven shots.

4. THE CIRCLE IS NOW COMPLETE

John Calipari finally has the missing piece to his career after winning a National Championship. Often chastised for different reasons both on and off the floor, Calipari has shown his true mettle as a coach during the last three seasons, molding different players on an annual basis into a dynamite product in March.

5. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Kansas probably didn’t have the personnel to matchup with Kentucky but they also didn’t put themselves in position to win. Both Jeff Withey and Thomas Robinson missed point blank opportunities to score in the first half and then late in the game, the Jayhawks had plenty of unforced turnovers. When you’re trying to pull a monumental upset, you want to play your best game and Kansas clearly didn’t.

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