The Wildcats of Kentucky are the champions of the NCAA

Keywords: kentucky wildcats, anthony davis, ncaa finals, kansas jayhawks, michael kidd-gilchrist

 

The 2012 NCAA champions are the Kentucky Wildcats. This could easily have been a headline on the beginning of the season way back in October. I’m pretty sure most people thought John Calipari would be coaching this team to a championship. Their predictions would be correct as the Wildcats cut down the nets after defeating Kansas 67-59. Speaking of those predictions, St. John’s happened to play Kentucky earlier this season. We never had a second chance, they murdered the young Johnny’s. Since that game I have had Kentucky as my favorite to win it all. I of course, was correct.

 

 

Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will easily be going in the first round in the upcoming NBA draft. Davis, who had just 6 points, was a force all night. You know a guy is talented when he doesn’t need to score to get noticed. He had 16 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 3 steals. The real key thing is, Davis wont get all fancy on us and try to punch the ball out of the stadium on a block. He gets possession of the ball, and those extra possessions lead to points for his team. Kidd-Gilchrist had a much quieter night, he had just 11 points and 6 rebounds, well below what we have seen in some of his performances during this tournament. That being said, he is still a strong kid (no pun intended) who drives to the basket stronger then most players his age.

 

 

While both these players, as well as some others, will probably be leaving Kentucky for the greener pastures of the NBA, there is no doubt that John Calipari will be able to recruit another dangerous team next year. And who knows for sure? Maybe they will all decide to stay another year so they can continue dominating the college game. It is doubtful, and as a St. John’s fan, I never want to have to face this team again.