Anthony Davis and the Wildcats Handle Florida to Cap Perfect SEC Season

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 21:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks the ball during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Rupp Arena on January 21, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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While this game was definitely closer than the February 7 meeting between these teams at Rupp, Kentucky pulled away from Florida late in the second half to secure their first perfect SEC regular season since 2003.

The Good

  • Anthony Davis was phenomenal, scoring 22 points (9-of-13 from the floor), grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking six shots.
  • Terrence Jones was also a forced to be reckoned with, scoring 19 points (also shooting 9-of-13 from the floor).  He showed many of the incredible finishing moves in the post that made him a preseason All-American, and this will hopefully be a sign of things to come as tournament play begins.
  • The Wildcats held Florida to 38 percent shooting and 27 percent from behind the arc.  Looks like my prediction about the Gators shooting much better when the game was on their home court was completely wrong.  In case you were wondering, crow has rarely tasted so delicious.
  • Speaking of shooting, Kentucky was 53 percent from the floor and 41 percent from behind the arc.  If the Cats can shoot like this against a team like Florida in a hostile environment, then there shouldn't be any doubt that this young team is more than ready for March Madness.


The Bad

  • Marquis Teague took a few ill-advised shots and had only four assists.  He did, however, only turn the ball over once and had 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting.  Against Florida's talented backcourt (and being on the road), this can hardly be considered a poor performance by a true freshman point guard.
  • Eloy Vargas, who normally plays very well against his former team, did not see time on the court.


The Weird