Kentucky wins title, covers spread
The Wildcats beat the Jayhawks 67-59 in a wire-to-wire victory that got a little hairy at the end before Kentucky eventually sealed the deal. The Wildcats covered the spread as a 6-point favorite while the combined score fell under the total of 126.
Doron Lamb led Kentucky with 22 points while Marquis Teague finished with 14 points and three assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 11 points while Anthony Davis had a poor shooting night but finished with a team-high 16 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor finished with 19 points to lead Kansas, while Thomas Robinson added 18 points.
Kentucky entered the season with 5/1 odds to win the 2012 men’s college basketball championship, while Kansas was 30/1. When the odds were updated in early November, the Wildcats’ odds shifted to 9/2 while the Jayhawks’ odds shifted to 25/1.
At the start of this year’s March Madness tournament, Kentucky was an 8/5 favorite to win the 2012 championship while Kansas was 10/1. When the tournament got down to the Final Four, the Wildcats were 1/25 favorites while the Jayhawks were 4/1.