Key recorded six points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and two assists through 29 minutes off the bench in Monday's 85-77 victory over Texas Tech to win the NCAA National Championship.
Key had essentially been absent from the rotation over the previous three games, playing a combined 19 minutes and scoring just two points. He was an essential part of Monday's game plan, however, proving a better matchup for the Texas Tech bigs than starter Mamadi Diakite, who played just 25 minutes in the contest. Key had big expectations entering this season after transferring from Alabama, but playing in a slower-paced system and coming off the bench ultimately caused his numbers to suffer. Virginia could lose several key rotations pieces to the NBA, however, so Key could very well see his role expand if he sticks around for his senior year.