Kentucky and Kansas Advance to NCAA Men’s Championship
Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012
Updated: Sunday, April 1, 2012 22:04
The NCAA Final Four is down to the Final Two. Tonight, the University of Kentucky Wildcats will play against the University of Kansas Jayhawks to see which team will be crowned NCAA Champions.
The Wildcats have been the most consistent team all season. They came into the tournament the No. 1 overall seed and would like to be able to get head coach, John Calipari his first national title of his head coaching career.
The team defeated Western Kentucky, Iowa State, Indiana, Baylor, and the most recently, the Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four.
On the other side of this championship, the Kansas Jayhawks had a tough road on their way to the championship. The Jayhawks’ played the University of Detroit, Purdue, North Carolina State, the University of North Carolina and finally beat the Ohio State Buckeyes to secure their spot in the national Championship.
The Final Four took place on Saturday and the first game was Louisville vs. Kentucky to see which team would win bragging rights in the state of Kentucky and move onto the National Championship. The Wildcats were too much for the Cardinals to handle with at almost every position on the court, starting with freshman center, Anthony Davis.
Louisville was down for the majority of the game, but was able to tie the score at 49 when it looked as if Kentucky was going to let it slip away. However, Kentucky pulled away from Louisville in the last eight minutes and gave fans a treat when freshman forward, Michael Kidd- Gilchrist threw an alley-oop to fellow freshman, Anthony Davis that he finished strong with just over one minute left in regulation.
“This wasn’t as good a game as the second game,” senior political science major, Anthony Miles Jr. said. “Kentucky just held onto the reigns for the game just like we expected.”
In the second Final Four matchup Kansas took on Ohio State. Kansas had a rough first half where they were unable to execute on the offensive end and could not stop Ohio State senior guard, William Buford. Kansas gained some momentum going into halftime with four straight points to cut their deficit to single digits.
In the second half, Kansas was able to make a turn-around. Coupled with Ohio State’s lack of production, the Jayhawks emerged victorious. Kansas’ All-American junior forward, Thomas Robinson, a Washington, D.C. native, finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds. With help from junior center, Jeff Withey, Kansas disrupted Ohio State standout, Jared Sullinger’s game holding him to 5 of 19 shooting.
“It’s a thrill,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “I think it’s even more of a thrill for us because I don’t think anybody thought we could get here.”
Now the two top programs in NCAA Basketball will face off in a championship game. Head coaches Bill Self of Kansas and John Calipari of Kentucky will go head-to-head. Also playing for a national title will be the top two players in college basketball this year, Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson.
“The game should be great,” senior history major, Brandon Evans said. “The sight to see two historic programs go at it for a championship is tremendous, with all the elite talent that’s going to be on the court.”