Front Row: Kenny Payne, Orlando Antigua, Brian Long, Sam Malone, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague, Ryan Harrow, Jarrod Polson, John Calipari, John Robic Second Row: Jon Hood, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Kyle Wiltjer, Anthony Davis, Eloy Vargas, Darius Miller, Twany Beckham
The Wildcats scoring was as balanced as ever with five players averaging double figures, led by Anthony Davis’ 14.2. Doron Lamb (13.7), Terrence Jones (12.3), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (11.9) and Marquis Teague (10.0) rounded out UK’s top five in scoring.
Davis finished with a 10.4 rebounding average and a national-best 4.7 blocks per game shattering the school, Southeastern Conference and NCAA freshman records for blocks in a season.
Doron Lamb led the Wildcats with 22 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers that put them up by 16 with 10 minutes left.
The Jayhawks, kings of the comeback all season, fought to the finish and trimmed that deficit to five with 1:37 left. But Kentucky made five free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, was another headliner, creating space for himself to score all 11 of his points in the first half.
Davis, meanwhile, might have had the most dominating six-point night in the history of college basketball, earning the nod as the most outstanding player. He finished with 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals – and made his only field goal with 5:13 left in the game. It was a surefire illustration of how the 6-foot-10 freshman could exert his will on a game even on a rare night when the shot weren’t falling.
Most Outstanding Player: Anthony Davis – six points, game-high 16 rebounds and a game-high six blocks