Kentucky Basketball: Are the '11-12 Wildcats the Best Shot-Blocking Team Ever?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2011

Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis blocked John Henson's last-second shot attempt to preserve a huge, home victory for Coach Cal and the 'Cats.

In their first eight games, the Wildcats have blocked an insane 87 shots. That's a mind-blowing average of 10.9 shots per game.   

As of today's game, Davis leads the nation with 36 rejections (4.5 bpg), which puts him ahead of all but 39 Division 1 schools.

The 1988-89 Georgetown Hoyas, that featured Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo, were an intimidating unit. M & M combined that year for 244 blocks.

Davis and his front-line running mate, Terrence Jones, have already thrown back 56 of their opponents' FG attempts.

If Kentucky makes a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, they will play at least 38 games.

Doing the math, Davis and Jones, if they kept up their current pace, would block 266 shots between the two of them.

Two more freshmen, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer, each block better than a shot per game.

If a team has an individual shot-blocker, it changes the way your team plays defense.

It's hard to say what happens when you have a lineup full of shot-blockers...NCAA Championship?