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davis dunking.jpgAfter watching 40 minutes of Kentucky basketball last night in a 20-point beat down to 7th ranked Florida, I knew it was time to cut out some more time for the Wildcats on this blog. Before I gloss the boys in Lexington, I'd like to briefly take a look back at my post from December 2nd 2011, just 7 games into the college basketball season when I was "calling my shot" about both Kentucky and their freshman center Anthony Davis. Now, around that time I was getting into arguments with other basketball fans about whether Davis was an All-American and top NBA draft pick, which should seem silly at this point. I also stated in that same post that he was the best shot blocker in the nation. Well nearly 20 games later I feel fully vindicated on my statements regarding the 6'10 center from Chicago. The young stud never hit that 'freshman wall' that I suspected he may encounter, and in fact he has maybe gotten better as the season's gone along. My favorite player in college basketball has scored 11 or more points in 13 of his last 14 games, only one time during that stretch shooting less than 50% from the floor. To take it even further, in 9 of those 14 games he's shot a field goal percentage of 60% or better! Want more? During those 14 games alone, Davis' 7'6 wingspan (check out the pic below) has helped him block 71 shots on his way to breaking Shaquille O'Neal's freshman SEC record that has stood since before Davis was born! On Tuesday night against Florida, Davis was challenging and blocking shots being taken at the 3-point arch. He looks even quicker on his feet now than he did back in November and December if you can believe it. Dick Vitale made a statement during Tuesday night's game that Davis has a rare chance to pull in the defensive player of the year award, freshman of the year honors, national player of the year, along with being the first pick in this year's NBA draft. Let that soak in. This is all being said while folks debate whether he's the best player on his team!? Kentucky has now won 16 in a row since being upset by a buzzer beater at Indiana, and going off their performance Tuesday night at the Rupp they're not showing any signs of slowing down. That nationally televised matchup with #7 Florida was supposed to be a thriller between the first and second best teams in the SEC and ended up looking like a Varsity/JV scrimmage. Separate North Carolina from the field and I just can't see anyone in the nation matching up with the wildcats. Even other elite teams such as Ohio State or Syracuse can't match up with the talent of Kentucky's starting five. NBA players at literally every position (dare I say 4 lottery picks?). Not that the final leg of the regular season and SEC conference tournament will come easy to Kentucky, but forgive me for already penciling in the Wildcats as the #1 overall seed for the NCAA tournament all the way to the National Championship.
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Zach Bye

Zach graduated from St Rose in 2010 with a degree in communications. After graduating he covered the same program in which he played, the st rose mens basketball team for one season before being hired as an analyst for UAlbany's division 1 football and basketball programs

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