Anthony Davis: 4 March Madness Predictions for Kentucky Star
Anthony Davis is almost guaranteed to leave Kentucky after this season for the NBA, but right now it's all about March Madness for the freshman superstar. His Wildcats have received the top overall seed in the tournament and look poised to make a Final Four run.
Davis and the rest of John Calipari's stellar underclassmen should have no problem advancing in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament, as their talent is unparalleled. But just how well will the star big man play?
Here are four predictions for Davis' tournament performance.
Anthony Davis Will Have a Triple-Double in His NCAA Tournament Debut
Kentucky will face Western Kentucky in the round of 64, and the Hilltoppers feature just one player taller than 6'8" on their roster. It's pretty safe to say that Anthony Davis will be blocking shots left and right for the Wildcats.
Davis averaged 4.9 blocks per game in SEC play, and while SEC basketball is not nearly as good as the conference's football, it is definitely a few levels above the Sun Belt. Kentucky's star will be swatting Western Kentucky's attempts all game long.
Given the talent and height advantage Kentucky will have, Davis will also have a huge edge on the boards, and it would be foolish to suggest that the 6'10" star who averages 14.3 points per game on 64.2 percent shooting won't reach double digits in scoring.
This all adds up to a triple-double in Davis' first tournament game.
Anthony Davis Will Dominate UConn's Andre Drummond in Kentucky's Second Game
Assuming that Connecticut gets by Iowa State, which I believe they will simply due to the edge in talent and NCAA tournament experience, Anthony Davis will square off against fellow freshman standout Andre Drummond.
Davis and Drummond are projected to be the first and second picks in the upcoming NBA draft. Both possess legit size, but the former's shooting touch and more polished offensive game will allow him to flourish in this matchup.
Davis is a 64.3 percent field goal shooter and 70 percent free throw shooter, while Drummond shoots field goals at a 54.2 percent and free throws at a 29.5 percent rate. Davis clearly has the edge over Drummond on the offensive end.
If and when this matchup occurs, Davis will dominate and Kentucky will easily march on to the Sweet Sixteen.
Anthony Davis and Kentucky Will Cruise Through the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight
Kentucky has a relatively pedestrian path to the Final Four. Even though the Wildcats lost to Indiana earlier this year and the Hoosiers could potentially be Kentucky's opponent in the Sweet Sixteen, that 73-72 defeat took place in the incredibly hostile Assembly Hall.
Other than Indiana, there are teams like Duke, Baylor, Wichita State and UNLV in Kentucky's region. The Wildcats are a lot more talented than both Duke and Wichita State, and their consistency would allow them to take care of business against the mercurial UNLV Rebels and the spotlight shy (with the exception of their recent victory over Kansas) Baylor Bears.
No team in the South Region should scare Kentucky, and it'll be a cakewalk to the Final Four behind the leadership of Anthony Davis.
Kentucky Will Be Victorious in New Orleans and Anthony Davis Will Be Named MOP
Kentucky is simply more talented than every other team in the nation (with the exception of North Carolina), and this will finally be the year that a team of John Calipari's underclassmen reigns victorious in the Big Dance.
To say that Davis is an exceptional player would be an understatement—he is the best player in the nation. With teammates like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller, he will lead his team to victory in early April.
The best player in the nation all season long will continue his dominance, and in the process will earn Most Outstanding Player honors.