After a memorable NCAA National Championship game between two college basketball powerhouses in the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats, the world has their 2012 national champions.
While the Wildcats celebrate their monumental victory, it’s time to see which players involved in the biggest game of the tournament deserve the most credit.
All of the following stars saw the magnitude of the stage they were on and didn’t let the opportunity to make their mark go to waste.
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While the young Kentucky Wildcats have leaned on their freshman stars almost all season, they handed the ball to sophomore Doron Lamb when it mattered most and he had a game-high 22 points.
Deadly three-point shooting and a willingness to drive the lane when needed had the Wildcats offense looking for Lamb all night.
With Kansas playing solid defense but not having their shots drop, Lamb’s hot streak was the final nail in the coffin for the Jayhawks' pursuit of a national title.
While Kansas lost the game, they have the biggest winner of the entire 2012 NCAA tournament on their team in forward Thomas Robinson.
With an amazing motor and superior skill around the basket, Robinson’s 17 rebounds and 18 points made with the ultimate weapon for the Jayhawks. Too bad that was pretty much it besides some spotty offense from guard Elijah Johnson and a mediocre game from Tyshawn Taylor.
As bad as the loss has to hurt the Kansas player, Robinson has nothing to be ashamed of. The young man punched his ticket as one of the best college basketball has to offer.
With Anthony Davis struggling mightily on the biggest of stages, it was up to young guard Marquis Teague to help up pick up the slack.
As much as Doron Lamb was the main cog in the Kentucky system, Teague was the primary ball handler and was seeing the floor well against Kansas.
While 5-14 shooting isn’t impressive, his ability to be all over the floor and defend his position are reasons the Wildcats are National Champions and the Jayhawks have to be happy with second place.
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