With Kansas closing, Teague buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:50 left that pushed the lead back to double digits, then hit two free throws inside a minute that helped seal the victory and finish Kentucky’s eighth title run.
“Marquis Teague’s 3 and those two free throws were huge,” Calipari said.
Kentucky also set the tone early.
Kidd-Gilchrist, who had 11 points and six rebounds, went down hard after being fouled by Elijah Johnson just over a minute into the game. He stayed down for a few tense moments, then got up, got to the line and made his first free throw even though his right shoulder was clearly bothering him.
“We don’t stop here,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “I want to be great.”
Jones, who had nine points and seven rebounds, also had an injury scare when he crumpled to the court in the first half, appearing to badly roll his right ankle. He got up with a limp but stared at the bench with a look that said there was no way he was coming out of this game.
He was still hobbling at the half, but never asked out because this was the game he wanted to play in when he surprised many by returning for his sophomore year.
“Having that meeting with coach,” Jones said, “trying to come back and win, getting myself better, rewarding myself and my whole team with having a successful season is just a great way to finish.”
The Wildcats never had a more serious injury this season than when Jones missed two games in December with a dislocated left pinkie.
Miller, the senior leader, set a school record with his 152nd appearance early in the first half, and then quietly provided five points and six rebounds in 25 productive minutes.
“I can’t really explain it or put it into words. All the hard work that we put in this year, the sacrifices that people have made on this team means a lot,” Miller said. “We’ve grown as brothers. We’ve had a lot of fun with this.”
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