The validation of the one-and-done philosophy is complete as Coach Cal and Kentucky have their title. It played out exactly as I expected. Kentucky kept Kansas away from the rim, got some easy transition baskets, and generally kept KU at bay for most of the game. A late Kansas comeback notwithstanding, the Wildcats dominated for 40 minutes.
Kudos to Kentucky, they were the best team all season, and rode that potential to a title. It's a shame that we'll never see any of those players play another minute in college, but that's life. At least the hoops world got one season of them together.
- "There were times early in the season when Self and his old buddy and mentor, Larry Brown, would stand around at practices and wonder whether this was a team that could even make the tournament. It did. Won its eighth straight conference title, too." (-link)
That's a nice pile of revisionist bullshit that Bill Self has spun. Kansas was a top-15 team in preseason polls, and early "set-backs" include neutral site defeats to Duke and Kentucky. Hardly the resume of a non-tournament team. Kansas is Kansas, and they'll always have the level of talent required for a Tournament berth. If anyone wearing a goofy-looking chicken tells you KU overachieved this season, kick them squarely in the balls.
- CU made One Shining Moment; this year continues to amaze. Check out the 1:50 mark of this video:
Carlon Brown is awesome.