We expected a coronation, and that’s exactly how much of this game went

Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis messes up the hair of head coach John Calipari as he holds the championship trophy after the Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans
messes up the hair of head coach John Calipari (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

jumped out to a big lead early, extended it to as many as 16 points in the first half, went to the half with a 41-27 lead, and was never truly threatened throughout the second half.  How? The Wildcats were, as they have been all tournament, comprehensively good. They shot 16-of-30 in the first half, using every manner of attack — at the rim and from the perimeter, jump shots and isolation drives, you name it — in ways Kansas, one of the nation’s best defenses all season, couldn’t hope to match.


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