Wildcats live up to great expectations with title

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 3 2012 12:51 p.m. MDT

Kentucky forward Anthony Davis celebrates as he cuts the net after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky beat Kansas 67-59.

David J. Phillip, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Kentucky finished off its expected run to a national title with a flourish, running over Kansas with a bunch of players who may not be back next year.

Led by shot-swatting freshman Anthony Davis, the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks 67-59 Monday for the school's eighth national title.

Coach John Calipari has hung his hat on bringing in talented players who don't stick around long and this group came through by providing the one thing missing on his resume.

Kentucky lost just two games all season and was led by Davis, the likely No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft when he comes out. The Wildcats could have five, even six first-round draft picks from this year's team.

At least they'll go out with a title.

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