It's quite a rarity for the best player in college basketball to be a freshman. Even more rare for the two best to be freshmen. Rarer still for those two freshmen to play for the same team.
Player of the Year Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist proved in tonight's win over Louisville they are just that. The two best basketball players not yet in the NBA.
Davis was absolutely sensational, as he has been all season. He entered the evening averaging 14.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game. In a 69-61 victory, he scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, he grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots.
Kidd-Gilchrist wasn't given the opportunity to put on as much of a show as his teammate, sitting out all but six minutes in the first half. He was scoreless until 10:08 remaining in the second half, but finished the game with nine points and four rebounds, hitting four of his six shots.
Their ownership of this college basketball season isn't based solely on the stat lines. They simply overwhelmed the game and inspired a Louisville team that showed up to advance. They made plays that no other players in this tournament could have made.
Davis was his usual disruptive self on defense, blocking and altering an incredible amount of shots, no matter where they were taken from. He even blocked a three-point attempt in the first half.
He converted alley-oops that no other player would have even come close to finishing and he made the hustle plays usually reserved for bench players.
Kidd-Gilchrist did most of his damage after Louisville shockingly tied the game at 49. He scored the next four points, on a layup in traffic and on a thunderous dunk that followed a gorgeous spin-move through the lane.
John Calipari's team's youth and inexperience usually catch up at some point, but this looks like the year that he finally sits atop the college game.
Anthony Davis and Michael-Kidd Gilchrist will be the two best players on the court no matter who they play Monday night. It doesn't look like any amount of youth or inexperience will be enough to slow this duo down.
Whether you have a rooting interest in either team in the final, it's worth tuning in to see the best two players in college basketball one last time, on the biggest basketball stage outside the NBA.