For the first time in several games, the Kentucky Wildcats were clicking on all cylinders last night in a 86-63 thrashing of Arkansas. It was a glorious thing to see on ESPN last night as the Cats seemed intent from the opening tip to shake off the offensive woes that have plagued the team recently. Arkansas wanted to push the tempo, and UK showed why that isn't such a great idea as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back.
The star of the game had to be Anthony Davis who again showed why he will most certainly be a lottery pick in the NBA this summer. Davis scored 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, 14 rebounds, and 7 blocks. With those seven blocks, Davis broke the all-time single season block record at UK with 89 blocks thus far and nearly half the season still to play. Simply said, Anthony Davis is a BEAST and is one of the few players in college basketball that can single-handedly change the opponents offensive sets due to his defensive ability. Beyond that, Davis just keeps getting better as the season wears on. One stat that jumps out from last night is that Davis nearly accomplished a triple-double while committing no fouls and no turnovers. That bears repeating-Davis had 27 points, 14 rebounds, 7 blocks, 0 fouls, and 0 turnovers. That stat line is simply unbelieveable!
Beyond the obviously tremendous game from Davis, the entire team contributed to the win, and five Wildcats scored in double figures with Doron Lamb getting 14, Terrence Jones 13 (along with 9 rebounds), Darius Miller 11, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 10. While not scoring in double figures, point guard Marquis Teague had perhaps his best game as a Wildcat with 7 points and 9 assists while committing just three turnovers.
The Arkansas game saw the continued reemergence of Terrence Jones who is looking more and more like his old self the last few games. 13 points and 9 rebounds is a solid performance if not eye-popping, but more than that was the aggressiveness that Terrence showed in attacking the basket, something coach Calipari had been challenging him to do. His injured finger still isn't 100%, but Jones is coming along at just the right time.
With the win, Kentucky improved to 18-1 overall and 4-0 in SEC play which puts them alone in first place, a 1/2 game ahead of Vanderbilt pending tonight's action. Kentucky will host Alabama on Saturday in what could prove to be a challenging game.go back