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Tracking Anthony Davis’ quest for the record books


[via KY Forward]

With Anthony Davis’ fifth straight double-double and typically ridiculous shot-blocking output yesterday, he moved even further towards etching his name into the Kentucky basketball record books for all time. It seems appropriate, then, that we take a look at where he stands 16 games into his freshman campaign.

–First, the blocks. With his seven blocks yesterday he moved to 74 on the season, an average of 4.625/game. That puts him within ten of breaking the single-season record of 83 held by Melvin Turpin and Andre Riddick. It also puts him at #21 on the career list at Kentucky, and by the time he breaks the single-season mark sometime in the next couple of weeks he’ll pass Jorts to get all the way to 16th. Davis is on pace to end up with 143 blocks by the end of the regular season, and 157 by the time the Cats raise their third straight SEC Tournament trophy. With just a handful in the NCAA tournament, he will pass Perry Stevenson (160) and end his freshman year in fifth place for career blocks at Kentucky. Go back and read that sentence again. This kid is unbelievable. If they make the NCAA title game then he’s on pace to finish with 185, good enough for fourth in NCAA history for a single season.

–Now, the rebounds. While not as staggering as his block numbers, he’s still on pace to make a major impact on UK history, particularly for freshmen. He has 169 through 16 games, good for a 10.6 average. By regular season’s end, he’ll be comfortably in third-place for freshman all time at UK with 327 boards, only behind the two post men that preceded him under Coach Cal, Demarcus Cousins (375) and Terrence Jones (336). He’ll pass Jones in the SEC tournament and Cousins sometime in the Sweet 16. And if he maintains his double-digit rebounding average, he’ll be the first Wildcat since Kenny Walker in 1984-85 to average more than 10/game.

–Finally there’s field goal percentage. For the season he’s 79-of-124, or 63.7%, a percentage that if he maintains he’ll end in sixth place all-time for a player in a full season. Just for your information, Michael Bradley is the single-season leader at 66.7%, although he did that on 30-of-45 shots in 1997-98. Of course, the following season Bradley managed 65.7% on 239 shots, the only player in the top five all-time seasons to do it on more than 61 attempts. As a freshman, Davis’ numbers would figure to drop a little bit in conference play, but considering he seems to score half his points on dunks, it may not suffer that much and he should still end up with one of the best shooting seasons in school history.

Well, if there was any question as to whether Anthony Davis is having one of the best all-around seasons in UK history, there shouldn’t be any more. He’s doing it every way a big man should, by shooting a high percentage, grabbing boards and swatting away shots. And he’s doing it all at a potentially record-setting clip. Basketball isn’t an individual sport, and Kentucky will not sink or swim solely based on whether Davis ends up in the record books, but following his incredible season makes for a pretty good subplot as he rolls through his freshman year.

(All stats came from Jon Scott’s website. Duh.)

Article written by Hunter Campbell

35 responses to “Tracking Anthony Davis’ quest for the record books”

  1. T dog

    First

  2. T dog

    Oh and pretty interesting just don’t knock on wood for all those tournament winds buddy

  3. Strange Brew

    Unless he has a freak injury, the record is clearly his. Sucks he won’t stay for a few years. I would like to see how many blocks he could have over a 2-3 year span.

    Please tell me your top 25 players of all-time in the NBA, http://louisvillestrangebrew.com/2012/01/08/top-25-nba-players-of-all-time/.

  4. IU#1

    Good road win at Penn State today. 16/24 from 3 point land. IU leads the Nation in 3pt FG shooting percentage. Roth and Hall are near automatic. The only fluke about 9/15 versus UK was that they didn’t hit more of them.

  5. T dog

    4- your a sad person. Go read candystriperadio

  6. Hal

    3-i guess they won’t let you write here, huh??
    4-we’ll see what you do in march.

  7. SexnNursinHomes

    4- right, keep believin’ that shit. You’ll be watching us in March and probably smoking meth too, cause that’s what Indiana people do.

  8. Mr Schwump

    4, that’ll give the NIT commentators something to talk about.

  9. theSkinny81

    #4 – LOL: they hit 16 3′s, only to win by 6, and FINALLY snap a 16-game Big Ten road losing streak. dont get too ahead of yourself. :)

  10. Mr. Obvious

    Not to mention the game was against perennial powerhouse Penn State…

  11. Ragekage88

    Washington Wizards start 0- 8…. Is it possible that they are going to have the law firm of Wall & Davis? This would easily be Kentucky’s pro team. Is there any chance that the prospect of coaching those two together could entice Cal away?

  12. Gil The Kid

    Didnt we beat the crap out of Penn State? Indianas good but not top 7 on a neutral court.

  13. catchup

    So apparently jay z named his daughter Blue. #BBN effect for sure

  14. Cosmo Kramer
  15. IU#1

    ALL-

    I see how it goes. First, it’s “you got lucky” when we hit 9/15…but they lead the nation in 3pt FG % and show it night in and night out. Then, it’s win on the road (which they did more than UK did pre-conference), so they go win one at Penn State against a team that blew out a pretty good Purdue team. Now, it’s “see you in March”. Keep it comin’ boys. You got no shot ;)

  16. SexnNursinHomes

    15- you win one time and you flood UK boards. where were you the last 20 years after getting your asses kicked on a consistent basis? no where. So drink a Crean soda and STFU.

  17. barn

    11)it’s a done deal. write it down ralph. as they say at XU–’zip it!’. i never picked up on that. glad someone in lower indiana did. from ‘king of college bball coaches’ to ‘dungheap of the nba’. i was afraid of this

  18. Radio Ron

    Jumping Jehosaphet !!! The young man’s fingers are actually ABOVE the square on the backboard. He is one amazing speciMAN !

  19. Voice of Disbelief

    Are you serious #15? Nice game against Michigan State, by the way. And I’m sure you’ll kill Ohio State, right?

  20. CAUKFAN

    That’a an amazing picture—–they’re all looking at him and going ‘how did he get up there?’ Freak of nature for sure. Glad he’s wearing blue and white.

  21. Dane Brammage

    #3, just read the article from 12-22-11.
    Uncool.
    Despite being poorly written, the ‘author’ slams Matt Jones, UofK and UofL.
    Uncool.
    I agree with Hal @ #6.

  22. FourThinInches

    You all remember Stevenson in his 1st year? People brought brooms to games. Was great.

  23. Suck my Jockich

    #16-If it were’t for Dakich, I would not have known you existed. I vistited, and found a bunch of whiney azz beyotches, so I thought I would stir it up, yo’

    #19-It was a tale of 3 games. MSU goes up 17 (IIRC), and with 11 minutes to go, IU up 9. Poor finish, MSU very tough at Breslin. Izzo has been kicking azz for years- oh yeah, but STFU unless you actually watched the game.

  24. Suck my Jockich

    #16-If it weren’t for Dakich, I would not have known you existed. I vistited, and found a bunch of whiney azz beyotches, so I thought I would stir it up, yo’

    #19-It was a tale of 3 games. MSU goes up 17 (IIRC), and with 11 minutes to go, IU up 9. Poor finish, MSU very tough at Breslin. Izzo has been kicking azz for years- oh yeah, but STFU unless you actually watched the game.

  25. SexnNursinHomes

    24- sure ya did liar. you win one game and all of sudden you hear of KSR? yeah right. You’ll be unheard of once you losers get beat in the tourney.

  26. Bulldawg

    @4 @15 @24 @25 dude don’t get too caught up in your homecookin er homecourt wins yo! ha ha who says yo anyway yo? must be a loosier thang huh?

    anyway- a couple years ago I watched a decent UT team beat the 2 best teams in the country without question at UT. They beat Kansas and UK there and got embarrassed by UK at Rupp and humiliated by UK on a neutral court in the SEC tourney. Point being, even mediocre teams seem to beat great teams when playing with a home court advantage. I wouldn’t talk too much smack if I was you because you may eat those words later YO! You know when you actually have to play good teams away from assholembly hall YO. Just you wait YO. It’s comin’ and it just might be colored blue, better keep an eye out foo!!!!!!!! Oh, and I had NEVER heard of jockitch Dockitch until he made himself look like a complete idiot on KSR. If you listen to that guy on a regular basis it is easy to see why you are confused enough to think IU is even half as good as UK. Get real. HOPE we meet in the tourney. However, after playing conference games on the road, IU may not make the tourney. You know? Like last year YO?

  27. Bulldawg

    correction @23 @24. I was not aiming that at you SNH…

  28. SexnNursinHomes

    27- no sweat, I know you’re a cat fan.

  29. UK Homers

    #26-What’s up Dawg. UT huh? WOW! You never heard of Dakich because your 22, idiot.

  30. IU#1

    #25 (preverted orderly)-

    What’s so hard to comprehend? Double D goes on KSR, he reports back. Gets word you guys are dogging him, mentions it on the radio. IU wins game, I go check it out. Pretty simple.

  31. Bulldawg

    For the record I am 34 is that hard to comprehend yo? Only a Indiana Loosier would know jockitch dockitch. It seems like if you were such an IU fan you would realize that IU has been all but forgotten the past few years. Put it to ya this way since you seem to have a hard time comprehending…IU stormed the floor after beating UK, THE BIG BLUE NATION is so far above that, we would not storm the court for ANYONE in basketball, much less Irrelevent U. Even being a Loosier fan you have to comprehend that IU is not even close to being on UK’s level as a program right now. By reading your posts it is easy to see why you like jockitch dockitch- you are just as clueless as he is…guess you thought unranked IU beating #1 Kentucky wasn’t an upset too? Moron. point blank. period. Doesn’t jockitch or IU have a website you can go check out? However, I don’t blame you for checking out KSR, afterall they do write about the BEST basketball program in the nation. I can understand wanna be programs trying to punch up, if you will. Keep punching up Loosier and we will keep looking down on you.

  32. Bulldawg

    yeah UT! bet they have more wins over the past 5 years than IU. That should tell how lowly your program has been…sad. Now half way through ONE decent season IU has people like you trying to put down UK. Make an elite 8, or a final four, heck just make the tourney…maybe, just maybe then we will talk.

  33. Bulldawg

    Oh yeah, what does PREverted mean? Is that another IU thang yo?

  34. SexnNursinHomes

    30- hahaha, Double D. what a homo.

  35. SexyBulldogNursehome

    31-34.)

    Prior to a recent trip to the final four, your program has been nothing but a disappointment. One and dones use you as a stepping stone, only to become mediocre at the next level. Storming the court? We been through that. IU was down, way down. They beat the number 1 team in the Nation, their student fans are close to the court. Your blue hairs get in the way. I have no idea what your student body population is, or where they come from(demographics), or what percentage of the crowd are students. Just because apparently no one has rushed the floor yet, it doesn’t mean you are “above” it. NCAA, IIRC, does NOT fine member institutions for rushing the court. The SEC, however, does. Perhaps your school has protocol in place to prevent it, I have no idea. Sorry your students are so far away from the court, that your arena is quiet, and the blue hairs sit on their hands. Pretty electric stuff. You guys have compiled a nice list of the best cheaters in the nation. You are nothing but a farm system and do not reflect the true spirit of intercollegiate athletics.

    The win over UK was not an upset, as DD attempted to explain. From the beginning, the IU team did not have to perform at a level that they were not capable of. IU put more experience on the floor, and the starters have progressively improved over the years. The addition of Zeller obviously also helps. UK was/is young, and inexperienced, and had not played in that type of environment, which certainly was a factor in their play.

    The 1985 NCAA Championship game? (you were about 7-8 then)…THAT was an upset. Nova shot 85% or so for the game, and Dwayne McClain was pumped up on crack. They played out of their minds to win (over the heavily favored Hoya’s).

    To close, step off that high horse, son. Stop coming up short and under-achieving, and then maybe we’ll talk- YO!