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Championship Moments: Team effort propels Wildcats to title

'Cats over Kansas, let the celebration ensue.
'Cats over Kansas, let the celebration ensue.

In the final installment of my Championship Moments series at, I look back at how the 'Cats beat Louisville and Kansas to bring home UK's eighth national championship. Here's an excerpt:

"I kept telling them to keep attacking," Cal said after the game. "I want them to be aggressive. We're an attacking team, that's what we are. I don't want them to change."

It was Louisville, though, who answered the Cats' challenge, and kept the Kentucky lead manageable, with UK eventually going into halftime up seven, 35-28.

The second half unfolded much like the first with Kentucky opening a 13-point lead with 16:14 to play. It was UK 45, U of L 32 as Miller and Davis' versatility around the basket began to pay dividends. But the Cards, who fought through adversity all season, responded to Kentucky's sprinting start to the second half by going on a 17-4 run, closing the gap from a 13-point deficit to a 49-all tie with just over nine minutes remaining.

In true championship form, the Cats never relinquished the lead. They instead imposed their considerable will on the Cards, galloping to the gate with a championship in sight.

"They made runs, we made our runs," Jones said after the contest. "That's what coach always says; we don't get rattled."

For the full article go here and Go 'Cats!