We interrupt the global roast of Anthony Davis’ unibrow to report that Kentucky won.
Baylor’s only bright spots on the day were the names and numbers on their uniforms, as the Wildcats convincingly handled the Bears, 82-70. John Calipari and company continue to prove why they were, and still are, the favorites to cut down the nets in the 2012 NCAA tournament.
Tweets of the Day
Bruce Arthur believes that the projected first-overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft boasts solid measurables:
Pretty sure Anthony Davis could tap a guy on the shoulder from across the street.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) March 25, 2012
Bomani Jones explained his inability to remember a pro prospect is playing in the game that he’s watching and tells the story of the player’s problems:
for those wondering why perry jones gets such a hard time: i forgot he's out there. i haven't thought about him once.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) March 25, 2012
Gary Parrish repeats the question that opposing SEC head coaches have been asking for the past season:
Has Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ever not finished in transition? I mean like ever? In his entire life?— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 25, 2012
Robert Griffin III failed to provide the good-luck charm that the Bears desperately needed to upset the Wildcats—if only he could’ve paid attention (via @EyeOnFootball):
Robert Griffin III chilling/texting at the Baylor-Kentucky game. twitter.com/EyeOnNFL/statu…— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) March 25, 2012
It didn’t take long the game to heat up and get physical…or for Terrence Jones to act like he got shoulder checked by James Harrison.
Grades for Kentucky’s Key Players
Anthony Davis: A+
Davis is simply a different animal. His defensive presence is legendary, and his athleticism fits in flawlessly with the run-and-gun Wildcats. He recorded an impressive 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks on the afternoon.
Wildcat Nation exhaled after Davis returned to the game after this nerve-wracking knee injury:
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: A+
No one will be shocked if the first two players in this summer’s draft are Wildcats. MKG is that good, and he showed off his unrivaled skill set on Sunday. Kidd-Gilchrist dropped 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting along with five boards.
Terrence Jones: A
With Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist going off, Kentucky didn’t need Jones to put up a massive scoring total, so he helped out in other ways. He completely justified comparisons to the Dallas Mavericks’ Lamar Odom, putting his versatility on display against the Bears. Jones scored 12 points and added nine boards and six assists as well.
Grades for Baylor’s Key Players
Pierre Jackson: C-
After posting back-to-back double-doubles in the Big Dance, Jackson laid an egg. Outside of Quincy Acy, he didn’t receive much help from his teammates. But the lightning-quick guard’s poor performance led to the Bears’ elimination. He only went 9-of-19 from the field and dished out five dimes.
Perry Jones III: D+
One of the Tweets of the Day gave this grade away. PJIII definitely didn’t play like a first-round prospect against the Wildcats. He put up 17 points, but most of them came in garbage time, when the Wildcats already had the game in the bag.
Deciding Factor: Three-Point Shooting
The major disparity in efficiency from three-point land was a major key to the game's outcome. Kentucky didn't launch many attempts from downtown, but they shot 44.4 percent when they did throw one up. On the flip side, Baylor flung a whopping 14 attempts at the hoop from beyond the arc, only to watch four fall through the net.
Game MVP: Anthony Davis
He edges out MKG because Davis played through pain.
Despite playing with a bum knee, he still managed to make his presence felt. Baylor loves to attack the basketball, but with Davis standing between them and the rim, the Bears had no hope of getting there.
Baylor is headed home to watch the Final Four with the rest of the country. Kentucky is one of the teams that they’ll be watching, as the Wildcats are primed to face off against their in-state rival Louisville.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.