Kentucky vs. Kansas Highlights: Watch Anthony Davis Dominate with Defense
Anthony Davis willed the Kentucky Wildcats to a national title, but not in a traditional way.
Instead of dominating with scoring (he made just one of his 10 field goal attempts and finished with six points total after hitting four of his six free throws), the 6’10” freshman took control of the game with his defense, rebounding and shot blocking.
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Davis played 36 minutes of action in the national title game against Kansas and pulled down an astonishing 16 boards, swatted six shots, came away with a pilfer three times, altered a myriad of attempts and made it downright impossible for the Jayhawks to get an easy rebound.
ESPN Stats & Info came up with some great numbers to quantify exactly how much chaos Davis caused—even when he didn’t do a single thing that would show up in a box score.
Davis, just the fourth freshman to win MOP honors, blocked or altered 15.7 percent of the Jayhawks' two-point attempts in the title game and 18.2 percent of Kentucky's opponents' shots inside the arc throughout the entire tournament. His 29 blocks are the second-most in a single NCAA tournament. He also helped the Wildcats set a record for blocks (11) in a national title game.
There is no one that had a bigger impact on the contest than Davis and he absolutely deserved that Most Outstanding Player Award, which was given to him following the Wildcats relatively easy romp through the bracket.
Davis is going to go No. 1 overall in the 2012 NBA draft and certainly deserves to do so. He has proved everything he has to at the collegiate level and is clearly ready for new challenges at the next level.
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