NCAA Tournament

Groza leads UK with 20.5 ppgas Cats repeat as NCAA champion

Except for the loss of Kenny Rollins, this was virtually the same team that won the title in 1948.

The Wildcats again won the SEC Tournament but then suffered a stunning 67-56 loss to Loyola of Chicago in the National Invitation Tournament.

Kentucky quickly made ammends in the NCAA, however. Alex Groza scored 30 points as the Wildcats defeated Villanova 85-72 in the first round of the East Regional.

Groza sparkled throughout the tournament. He scored 27 points in a 76-47 romp past Illinois in the East finals and poured in 25 as the Wildcats (32-2) knocked off Oklahoma A&M 46-36 to win their second consecutive national championship.

Herald-Leader staff report