It was a deficit too big to overcome. Kentucky built an 18-point lead in the first half and held on for a 67-to-59 win over the Kansas Jayhawks last (MON) night in the NCAA title game. KU cut the deficit to five points in the second half but time ran out and the Wildcats claimed the victory. KPR's Greg Echlin has more from New Orleans.
There will be a "welcome home" gathering tonight (TUE) at Allen Field House. Doors will open at 6:30 and the Jayhawk basketball team is expected to arrive around 7:15.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kansas couldn't come all the way back this time. The gritty team that had walked a tightrope all the way to the national championship game finally fell off against mighty Kentucky. An 18-point deficit against a team full of future NBA draft picks was too much for the Jayhawks, who fell 67-to-59 Monday night. Kansas had rallied from big early deficits against Purdue and North Carolina State in the NCAA tournament, giving some folks the feeling that things were meant to be this season. Such a premonition gained support when the Jayhawks dug themselves out of a 13-point hole against Ohio State in the national semifinals, setting up a showdown with the team that has been anointed the eventual national champions by many pundits most of the season. KU cut the deficit to five in the final moments of the game against Kentucky, but just couldn't muster enough offense to seal the deal one final time this season. Despite the loss, it was an amazing year for the Jayhawk Nation.