USA Today/Rob Rosato

Former Kentucky Wildcats star DeMarcus Cousins helps USA win Olympic gold medal

For the third consecutive Summer Olympic Games, a former Kentucky Wildcat is wearing a gold medal for men's basketball.

DeMarcus Cousins recorded a double-double on Sunday, scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds to help lead Team USA to a 96-66 rout of Serbia in the championship game. Kevin Durant powered the Americans with a game-high 30 points.

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Cousins averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds during the USA's eight wins at the Olympics, shooting 61 percent from the field. 

Kentucky became the first school to have a different player win a gold medal in three consecutive Olympics.

Cousins joins Tayshaun Prince (2008) and Anthony Davis (2012) as the most recent basketball gold medalists for UK, which tied UCLA and North Carolina for the most all-time gold medal winners at 10.

All five starters from the Wildcats' 1948 NCAA championship team -- Cliff Barker, Ralph Beard, Alex Groza, Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones and Kenny Rollins -- won the gold medal at the 1948 Summer Games coached by Adolph Rupp.

Billy Evans won gold in 1956, while Adrian Smith won gold in 1960.

Cousins' 13 points were the most by a UK player in a gold medal game, and he joined Groza and Smith as the only former Cats to tally more than 70 points in the Olympics.


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