The Kentucky Wildcats entered the 2012 NCAA tournament with a monkey on their back. Kentucky was not only granted the No. 1 seed overall, but branded the overwhelming favorite.
The Wildcats proved they were up to the challenge when they cut down the basketball net Monday night in New Orleans. Kentucky beat Kansas 67-59 for the school’s first national championship since 1998.
Kentucky dominated every team in the tournament Oh sure, the Wildcats were challenged a bit in the games, but never did you believe Kentucky would loss a particular game. People kept wondering if the Wildcats would fold under the favorite pressure, but they never did. Borrowing a tennis term: game, set, and match.
Sometimes the best team doesn’t win a championship. But this Kentucky team was the best one with the best players. Most games, it was men against boys. The Wildcats’ collection of freshmen and sophomores played like veterans.
Kentucky coach John Calipari finally won a national championship. Whether you love or hate the guy, his philosophy of recruiting the best players whether they play one or two years at Kentucky triumphed this season.
Calapari will probably gladly restock his roster again next season. After last night, we all could see the formula of rent-a-player works.