Kentucky a win away from ultimate glory

April, 1, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS -- The final horn had sounded and the handshake line was beginning to form. But in the moments after Saturday's 69-61 victory over Louisville in the Final Four, Kentucky forward Anthony Davis wasn't ready to leave the court.

Walking from one end of the floor to the other, the national player of the year gazed into sea of 73,361 fans who filled the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, raised his arms into the air and shouted.

"This is my s---," he said. "This is my s---."

Not so fast, Anthony.

You haven't been handed the trophy. Not yet.

Kentucky has been the class of college basketball all season, but the team that so many anointed as a shoo-in to win the NCAA title before the brackets were even released hardly looked invincible in Saturday's workmanlike victory over the Cardinals.

The Wildcats shot 57 percent from the floor and got 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks from Davis. But they also missed nearly half of their free throws (11 of 20) and never could put away a Louisville squad that finished seventh in the Big East with a 10-8 record.

Kentucky -- which will play Kansas in Monday's championship game -- was also fortunate that the Cardinals missed 13 layups and dunks.

"We didn't play our best tonight," said Wildcats coach John Calipari, who is seeking his first NCAA title. "We played good, but that wasn't our best."

For Jason King's full story, click here.

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