Once a whiner in practice — according to teammates — Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns has toughened up and evolved into a go-to scorer.
On the game's biggest play, Notre Dame put the ball in Jerian Grant's hands. By his finger tips, Willie Cauley-Stein snuffed out the play.
"Desperation," said Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison. "We were afraid we were going to lose."
Kentucky's so-called pursuit for perfection met a supreme test Saturday.