INDIANAPOLIS The Kentucky Wildcats, college hoops pro-ready squad, came to a baffling end Saturday night, as their potent offense became cement-footed.
They kept jamming the ball inside, and as a savvy Wisconsin team packed it in on defense, they failed to adapt. So their magical undefeated season ran onto shoals. Coach John Calipari displayed an admirable willingness to carry the weight for the loss.
There are some things I probably should have done, he said after praising his players. We normally execute down the stretch, and we didnt.
The Kentucky squad departed on its luxury bus early Sunday morning with perhaps a half-dozen players weighing their N.B.A. draft prospects. Much is made of the talent that was stacked like cordwood on the Kentucky bench, including nine McDonalds all-Americans.
Fear not; the final is not bereft.
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