Fast Break: Kentucky finishes the job the way it started

April 3, 2012 

Anthony Davis (23) of the Kentucky Wildcats put up a shot against Kevin Young (40) of the Kansas Jayhawks in the championship game of the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

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Talking points

Kansas came out ready, but Marquis Teague and Doron Lamb kicked the running game in gear, and UK led 17-9. Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went to work inside, and UK was up 23-14. Kentucky was focused and crisp and led 34-19 on back-to-back three-pointers from Teague and Lamb. Kentucky was answering every Kansas move. The lead was 41-27 at the half. Kansas was within 48-38 when Lamb nailed back-to-back three-pointers. The UK lead was 59-44 with 5:12 left, but UK went into an offensive lull. The lead was 62-57 with 1:37 left, as close as Kansas would get.

Telling numbers

■ Anthony Davis made his only field goal 34 minutes into the game, but he finished with 16 rebounds, five assists, six blocks and three steals.

■ UK won despite shooting 26.9 percent the second half.

■ After struggling on the boards against Louisville, UK outrebounded Kansas 25-14 the first half.

■ When Kansas made its first key run in the second half, Lamb scored six points in 38 seconds.

Thumbs up

■ No. 8 happened because this team showed precision, intensity, poise and unselfishness all year.

■ Doron Lamb (22 points) has been the unsung guy for this team.

■ John Calipari.

Thumbs down

■ It's doubtful we will get to see many of these guys again in blue.

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