NCAA championship game gets physical quickly

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Watching his players get banged around on three straight missed shots, Kentucky coach John Calipari stalked up the sideline with his arms outstretched over his head.

"What was that?! What was that!?" Calipari screamed at the officials.

Welcome to the NCAA championship, mosh pit style.

With the officials letting 'em play, Monday night's title game was a brutal affair, filled with pushing, shoving, the occasional elbow.

While the players colliding like barges on the Mississippi River, both coaches spent plenty of time screaming at the officials. They didn't get very far.

Kentucky shot 21 free throws and Kansas shot 15, but there could have been plenty more with the number of times players were hit or knocked around.

"It was pretty physical out there -- they were letting a lot of things go," Kansas center Jeff Withey said.

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