2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game

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2012 NCAA Tournament Championship Game
National Championship Game
1 2 Total
Kansas 27 32 59
Kentucky 41 26 67
Date April 2, 2012
Arena Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Favorite Kentucky by 7
Referee(s) Verne Harris, Mark Whitehead, Mike Stuart
Attendance 70,913
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr (color)
Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
Nielsen Ratings 12.3

The 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game was the finals of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and it determined the national champion for the 2011-12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The 2012 National Title Game was played on April 2, 2012 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, and featured the 2012 South Regional Champions, #1-seeded Kentucky and the 2012 Midwest Regional Champions, #2-seeded Kansas. The two head coaches for this game, Kentucky's John Calipari and Kansas's Bill Self also coached at the 2008 National Championship Game where Bill Self was coaching for Kansas and John Calipari was coaching for Memphis. The two teams met in the regular season at the 2011 Champions Classic and Kentucky won that game 75-65.[1]



Kansas entered the 2012 tournament as the #2 seed in the Midwest Regional. In the 2nd Round, Thomas Robinson had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds as Kansas beat Detroit 65-50.[2] In the 3rd round against Purdue trailing 60-59, Elijah Johnson got the steal and layup to take a 61-60 lead and with 3 seconds left, Tyshawn Taylor made a dunk for a 63-60 win.[3] In the Sweet 16 against NC State, Jeff Withey blocked 10 shots to survive with a 60-57 victory.[4] In the Elite Eight, Tyshawn Taylor finally got hot with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals as Kansas beat North Carolina 80-67 to advance to the Final Four.[5] In the 2012 Final Four, Ohio State got off to a strong start and had a 26-13 lead at one point and then, Kansas managed to control Jared Sullinger to beat the Buckeyes 64-62 and advance to the 2012 National Championship Game.[6]


Kentucky entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament as the #1 overall seed and was placed in the South Regional. The Wildcats dominated Western Kentucky in a 81-66 victory.[7] In the 3rd round, after being up 38-27 at halftime, Kentucky pulled away from Iowa State to advance to the Sweet 16.[8] In the Sweet 16, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 24 points to take revenge on Indiana with a 102-90 win. Indiana beat Kentucky on December 10, 2011 at Assembly Hall on a Christian Watford buzzer-beater.[9] The Wildcats managed to beat Baylor in the Elite Eight with a 82-70 win to go to the 2012 Final Four.[10] In the National Semifinal, Anthony Davis had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Kentucky to the 2012 National Championship Game with a 69-61 win over Louisville.[11]

Game Summary[edit]

April 2
9:23 pm
Kansas Jayhawks 59, Kentucky Wildcats 67
Scoring by half: 27–41, 32–26
Pts: T. Taylor 19
Rebs: T. Robinson 17
Asts: T. Taylor 3
Pts: D. Lamb 22
Rebs: A. Davis 16
Asts: A. Davis 5
Mercedes-Benz Superdome

1st Half[edit]

Despite no points from Naismith Trophy winner Anthony Davis in the 1st 9 and a quarter minutes, Kentucky got off to a hot start with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scoring 7 of his 11 points, Doron Lamb 6 points, and Marquis Teague and Terrence Jones each 4 points in that same time frame as Kentucky would have a 23-14 lead and Kansas would be forced to call timeout. The Wildcats kept their dominance to lead 41-27 at halftime despite no points from Davis, as Kidd-Gilchrist scored all 11 of his points in the 1st half, Lamb had 12 points, and Teague had nine. For the Jayhawks, Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor each scored eight points, and Jeff Withey scored 5.

2nd Half[edit]

Anthony Davis's 1st point of the night came with a made free throw with 15:30 left to give Kentucky a 44-30 lead. Elijah Johnson scored four points in 15 seconds to cut the Kentucky lead to 46-34 and force a timeout. But, with Kentucky up 48-38, Doron Lamb made two three-pointers on 40 seconds for a 54-38 lead. Davis's 1st field goal of the night came with a made jump shot with 5:14 left to give Kentucky a 59-44 lead. Then, Tyshawn Taylor scored six points in one minute, and Thomas Robinson made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 59-52. Kansas kept its comeback effort going with an Elijah Johnson three-pointer and Robinson making a pair of free throws, cutting their deficit to 62-57. Kentucky was able to hold on when Davis made a free throw, and Marquis Teague and Lamb each made a pair of free throws for a 67-59 victory.[12]

Kentucky celebrating their 2012 NCAA Championship


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  2. ^ "Kansas dispatches Detroit as Thomas Robinson has double-double". ESPN.com. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Late turnover helps Kansas rally past 10-seed Purdue". ESPN.com. 18 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Withey blocks 10 shots as Kansas stops late rally from NC State". ESPN.com. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tyshawn Taylor breaks slump to lead Kansas past North Carolina". ESPN.com. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kansas controls Jared Sullinger, eliminates Ohio State on way to title game". ESPN.com. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kentucky too much for WKU as top-seeded Cats cruise". ESPN.com. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Kentucky pulls away from Iowa State after halftime". ESPN.com. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's 24 points lead Kentucky past Indiana". ESPN.com. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kentucky has little trouble with Baylor on way to second straight Final Four". ESPN.com. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Anthony Davis leads Kentucky past Louisville, into championship game". ESPN.com. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Kentucky holds off Kansas to win eighth national title". ESPN.com. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014.