2012 NCAA MEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW

Title game by the numbers

5   Number of underclassmen in Kentucky’s starting lineup (three freshmen, two sophomores).

0   Number of underclassmen in Kansas’ starting lineup.

5.85   Shots blocked per 40 minutes by Kentucky forward Anthony Davis, the most in the country.

5.47   Shots blocked per 40 minutes by Kansas center Jeff Withey, the second-most in the country.

"No soup for you!" It's not just Anthony Davis, Jeff Withey can deny all access to the basket at will.

36    Regular season wins by Kentucky this season, tied for the highest total in school history.

19   Double-digit wins by Kansas this season.

23   Double-digit wins by Kentucky this season.

2008   Kansas coach Bill Self and Kentucky coach John Calipari faced-off against each other in the 2008 National Championship game (Kansas 75, Memphis 68)

14.6   Average margin of victory for Kentucky in this year’s tournament.

7.2   Average margin of victory for Kansas in the 2011-12 NCAA Men’s Tournament.

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4 responses to “2012 NCAA MEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW

  1. I agree that UK will win this game over KU. And exactly as you said, the habit that the Jayhawks have developed of being comeback kids could come back to bite them this game.

  2. My opinion on Kansas is they have to play very aggressive early. Louisville penetrated but never attacked Davis. I know the fear of being rejected played a part in that, but if Kansas can attack early and see how the officials call the game, they have a shot. Like you said, coming back against Kentucky will be hard so they have to come to play early. Awesome breakdown and attention to detail Sam!

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