NCAA Tournament: Anthony Davis Will Carry Kentucky to New Orleans

Ryan NeimanContributor IIIMarch 12, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 11:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots a three-pointer against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first half during the championship game of the 2012 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Don't bet against Kentucky not making it to the championship game because it might cost you a chance to win the office pool this year.

Kentucky is loaded with talent from top to bottom, with four of their five starters averaging in double digits in points per game.  

They have Terrance Jones, Darius Miller and Doron Lamb returning from last year's Final Four team, and they will have a chip on their shoulder after losing to UConn in the semifinals by a final score of 56-55. 

Connecticut went on to win the national championship.

They have another talented forward, freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who has been sensational for the Wildcats.

Freshman guard Marquis Teague has come off the bench for Kentucky and has been a huge lift for them late in the games.

Even with the mention of the names above, there will be one player who will carry Kentucky to cutting down the nets in New Orleans, and that player is freshman forward Anthony Davis.

The 6'10", 220 pound star from Chicago, Illinois is averaging a double double on the season.  

He is being touted as a first round draft pick for the NBA's upcoming draft, and after watching him this season as the Wildcats went 32-2, there should not be any second thoughts about his potential from the team who has the first overall NBA draft pick.

He is big, strong, and his presence alone creates headaches for defenses.  Coaches are constantly alternating their defenses because Davis can shoot it from the outside, and when the defense collapses, he can slam it home.  

Davis is the final piece for Kentucky to win it all this season, and it would be surprising if they are not one of the four teams to have a shot to cut down the nets in New Orleans.