This year’s NCAA tournament was all about teams meeting expectations. One needs to look no further than top-seeded Kentucky cutting down the nets in New Orleans last night to prove that point. Going with the odds-on favorite turned out to be a brilliant move for those atop the leaderboard of the HP ENVY Bracket Challenge.
JD Falcon Puncher, who led coming into Final Four weekend, walked away with the top prize, the HP ENVY 14 Spectre. The Spectre is a premium Ultrabook that commands attention with its scratch-resistant glass that covers the lid, display and palmrest. Weighing less than four pounds and equipped with a HD Radiance display and Radiance Backlit keyboard with a proximity sensor, the Spectre is a stunning notebook worthy of our Final Challenge Champion. Plus, you can maximize your Spectre’s Beats Audio experience with the HP Wireless Audio accessory, which allows you to stream audio to any compatible wireless speaker.
Our second-place winner is tonyamabile, who will receive the HP ENVY 17, a 17.3-inch workhorse that provides powerful performance for even the most demanding tasks with its optional Intel® Quad Core™ and AMD Mobility Radeon™ graphic processors. Plus, it can be outfitted with multiple hard drives and high performance storage while still providing up to 9.5 hours of battery life.
Our third-place winner is #RigginsProblems, who wins a HP ENVY 15, which sports a sleek all-metal chassis with a 15.6-inch Radiance Full HD display, a new analog volume dial and HP Wireless Audio to stream audio to any compatible wireless speaker. It’s also got one of the best start-up and resume times found in a notebook.
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Here are the 10 most ENVY-ous moments from the Final Four in New Orleans.
1. Trailing 34-23 with less than 10 seconds left in the first half, Kansas center Jeff Withey blocked an Aaron Craft shot to set up a Travis Releford layup with 0.2 seconds on the clock. The Jayhawks would ride the momentum of the four-point swing into the second half and into the title game.
2. After corralling yet another Withey block, Elijah Johnson sprinted the length of the court for a layup that gave the Jayhawks a 62-59 edge with 1:12 remaining. It was the seventh block for Withey, which set a national semifinal record.
3. Leading 37-32, Kentucky reserve guard Darius Miller knocked down a jumper and then stripped Louisville’s Chane Behanan on consecutive plays, leading to Wildcats points on the other end. Miller finished with 13 points off the bench – a big boost in the victory.
4. After surrendering a 13-point lead, the Wildcats found themselves deadlocked with the Cardinals, 49-49. Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke that tie with back-to-back jumpers, giving Kentucky a lead it wouldn’t surrender.
5. With the national championship game tied 7-7, Anthony Davis intercepted an alley-oop pass and blocked a shot on consecutive possessions. The turnovers led directly to easy buckets by Kidd-Gilchrist and Doron Lamb on the offensive end.
6. Davis made a baseline jumper with 5:14 to play to give Kentucky a 59-44 advantage. It was the big man’s first field goal of the game and turned out to be a crucial one.
7. Staring at a 15-point deficit, Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor completed a three-point play and knocked down a triple on consecutive trips to get the lead down to nine with 4:17 remaining.
8. Marquis Teague knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key to give Kentucky a 62-52 edge with 2:50 remaining. The trey stopped an 8-0 Kansas surge and proved to be the game-winner.
9. Kidd-Gilchrist came from out of nowhere to reject a Taylor layup to preserve a six-point Kentucky advantage with 1:03 remaining, essentially guaranteeing victory for the Wildcats.
10. To the surprise of no one, Davis was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. The defensive juggernaut became just the fourth freshman to win the award and tied a tourney record with 29 blocked shots.