The Kansas Jayhawks got as far a they had in four years Monday, but they weren't able to finish off the NCAA Tournament quite so impressively now as then—the Kentucky Wildcats were the winners of the 2012 NCAA national championship, topping KU 67-59 behind 22 points from Doron Lamb and a bizarre game from Anthony Davis, who went 1-10 for six points... and 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists, and three steals. The Jayhawks' second-half run simply wasn't quite enough to make up for their 27 first-half points.
For the Wildcats it's embattled coach John Calipari's first national championship victory, and the program's first win since 1998, when Tubby Smith was the keeper of one of basketball's most storied reputations. All-American Thomas Robinson struggled early but finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds for Kansas, whose national championship drought stretches all the way to... well, to 2008.
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