Kentucky Wildcats Basketball

NCAA Championship Game 2012: Anthony Davis' MVP Performance Among Greatest Ever

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates before he cuts down the net after the Wildcats defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2012

It's no secret that Anthony Davis was the most dominant player in all of college basketball this year, and his MVP performance in the 2012 NCAA Championship Game will go down as one of the best ever. 

Davis didn't shoot the lights out of the gym like most would expect the MVP to do. In fact, he was just 1-for-10 from the field and scored only six points the entire night. 

What he lacked in the scoring department he made up for everywhere else. Davis played all over the court on Monday night, using his big frame to make spectacular plays on defense.  

During the regular season, Davis average close to four blocks and 10 rebounds per game.

In the title game on Monday night, Davis pulled down 16 rebounds, had six blocks, five assists and three steals. 

He couldn't score if his life depended on it, but Davis definitely made sure he was going to be a big contributor in some fashion. 

With the pressure on full blast and the spotlight making him sweat even more, Davis turned his game up in a big way, showing his true value to the team which resulted in an MVP performance.  

He didn't let his missed shots bring him down. Davis channeled that frustration, lashing out on defense and crashing the boards with ease. 

Thankfully his teammates picked him up and scored a lot, otherwise we might not be talking about the Kentucky Wildcats winning the title. 

Still, his efforts in the biggest game of them all did not go unnoticed. 

While several other MVPs score like there's no tomorrow, Davis showed that he's more than just a good shooter. The one field goal he did have was very clutch, extending Kentucky's lead late in the game as the Kansas Jayhawks were making a late comeback surge. 

His offense may not have been pretty, but looking at the overall performance, Davis was a dynamic force for his team, proving to be the most valuable player on the court once again. 



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