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Dreams Expectations Come True for Young Wildcats | Kentucky

The highly anticipated “Dream Game” between The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville basketball teams had the looks of a nail-biter late in the second half, but a pair of big dunks by freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist iced the game for the Cats, who won the chance to play for a national championship on Monday.

Kentucky opened the game with a pair of baskets by Marquis Teague and continued to a 10-0 run, with a pair of buckets intertwined by sophomore Doron Lamb, who was 14 points away from joining the 1,000-point scoring club going into the game.

The Wildcats went up by double digits on a pair of free throws by senior Darius Miller, and the team held a consistent eight or 10-point advantage until settling after 20 minutes at 28-35.

Kidd-Gilchrist was held to only six minutes in the first half due to early foul trouble, which translated to 55 real minutes between trips to the floor, but his slack was picked up by Miller, who played the way a rare senior should.

The second half began with the same back and forth battle of the first, but following the media timeout at the 15:37 mark, Louisville used six minutes and ripped off a 15-3 run to where Peyton Siva nailed a three to knot it up at 49 apiece with 9:13 remaining.

Louisville got within two points with just over seven minutes to go, but UK went on a 9-2 run to make it 62-53, and had little competition from there.

Kentucky will take on Kansas in the 2012 NCAA National Championship game on Monday in a rematch between John Calipari and Bill Self, who faced off in the 2008 title game.

 

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