Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist earn honors



It’s Monday, which means awards and rankings are released. UK, as has become usual, received its share.

  • Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were named to a midseason 20-player watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the national player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Davis is averaging 13.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 12.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
  • Davis was named SEC Player of the Week after two dominating performances against Tennessee and South Carolina. He averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7.5 blocks and two assists, and made 15 of 17 shots  (88.2 percent) in the two games.
  • John Calipari said Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist are “finally getting their dues.” He said that their numbers may not be as staggering as other players’ around the country because of how much UK shares the ball, but that shouldn’t impact how his players are perceived. “These kids deserve the accolades.”
  • Davis is now leading the SEC in field-goal percentage, making 66.3 percent of his shots. That’s good for third in the country, and if he maintained that rate, it would break Michael Bradley’s school record of 65.7 percent, set in the 1998-99 season.
  • UK remained No. 1 in the nation in both polls. The Cats received all 31 first-place votes in the coaches poll and 63 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll.
  • On the SEC teleconference, John Calipari said he would talk to his team about staying humble through their success. “There’s an easy transition from a swagger to arrogance, and that’s where you get beat,” Calipari said.

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