Louisville Cardinals Basketball

Anthony Davis Will Shut Down Gorgui Dieng with Ease

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Pierre Jackson #55 of the Baylor Bears has his shot blocked by Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIMarch 31, 2012

Anthony Davis will have no problem shutting down Louisville Cardinals' big man, Gorgui Dieng, in tonight's Final Four matchup.

Dieng doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell at outplaying Davis and leading the Cardinals to victory. If you match these two players up head-to-head, the production is not even close, neither is the impact.

Davis led the nation in blocked shots this season, posting 4.6 rejections per game. Dieng averages 3.2 per contest.

Those stats alone should prove the two players are at least semi-comparable, but sometimes stats don't tell the whole story.

When Davis is on the floor, he's nothing short of dominant. Opposing players don't even try to drive most of the time because they know that they are not getting a shot over Davis.

Dieng isn't that type of player. Yes, he had seven blocks against Michigan State, but that was only the third time he's reached that total.

Davis has had at least seven blocks in a game eight times this season. Eight times over the course of 38 games has Davis taken at least 14 points off the board for the opposing team.

Mind you, the Player of the Year also scores 14 a game, Dieng averages four less than that.

Davis is also superior in regards to shooting efficiency. He takes just over eight shots a game, which isn't too many, but he boasts a field goal percentage of 63.

Dieng averages just under seven field goal attempts per tilt, racking up a much more pedestrian 53 percent.

On the season, Davis has fouled out just one time. Contrast that to Dieng, who has fouled out five times in 2012, accounting for five of his team's 16 foul outs.

He's fouled out half as many times as the entire Kentucky team.

Dieng is always in foul trouble. There have only been three games in which he has had one foul or less. As for Davis, you guessed it, he's played in 13 games in which he's been called for either one or zero fouls.

If you need more convincing, here it is: Davis has accounted for less than half the amount of turnovers as Dieng (35 to 77).

If points, rebounds and blocks don't make enough of a case, turnovers definitely do.

Davis is better in every aspect of basketball. He keeps the other team from scoring in the paint, and gives almost none of that back through turning the ball over.

Look for Davis to make Dieng's night miserable in New Orleans.

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