NEW ORLEANS -- The Road Ends Here. That's what all the signs say in this Final Four town.
The road from the start of the basketball calendar in November to the finish come Monday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The road from Lexington, Ky. The road from Lawrence, Kan.
You don't need a hoops map to know Kentucky made it to the national championship game. The Wildcats blind you with their talent. Their drivers licenses say they're underage, but the scoreboard always says they're much older.
UK, the No. 1 overall seed and surest thing since drunks on Bourbon Street, defeated in-state rival Louisville, 69-61, in Saturday's night first semifinal. U of L did everything but tie the Wildcats' shoelaces together -- outrebounded them, forced more turnovers than them -- and UK still won by eight.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky's second-best freshman behind consensus national player of the year Anthony Davis, spent exactly six minutes on the floor in the first half. Foul trouble. He only played 23 total minutes and had a grand total of zero offensive rebounds.
And UK still won by eight.
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