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Will we see a triple-double?

(Britney McIntosh/UK Athletics)

When this season was young many fans felt this would be the year for a triple-double. Something a Kentucky player hasn’t done since Chris Mills scored 19, collected ten rebounds and dished ten assists in 1988; the one and only triple-double in Kentucky basketball history. Anthony Davis has an almost inhuman nature to block shots. That, coupled with his towering frame to haul in any rebound within about a nine-foot radius, and his uncanny ability to connect on the back end of lobs from the top of the key, means Davis should have a very realistic chance to rein in the second triple-double in school history. But now that possibility has come and gone four times — and he’s been very close — so will we ever see it happen in what we all predict will be Davis’ lone year in the Bluegrass? Has the chance come and gone?

It’s easy to see the hardest part in the trifecta of stats is reaching double-digit blocks, and for this Kentucky team, with assists being a pretty rare thing to come by, it throws out the most common stat line for a triple-double. It also removes a possibility of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or any of the guards from being a real threat for finding one too. It’ll have to be Anthony Davis and his blocks to do it.

Our first flirtation with the elusive triple-double came in early December against St. Johns where Davis had eight of the team’s school record 18 blocks, and had four before the first timeout and the score was only 5-6. It still wasn’t to be, as the Red Storm gave up going inside, and Davis missed out on the triple-double by a mere two blocks. It has been his best chance to get it, and because it came so early in the season it gave everyone an extra ounce of confidence one would come soon.

It would be another month until Davis had another chance, this time against South Carolina. The elusive “three more blocks” presented itself late in the game after collecting his seventh block with only three minutes remaining. It was a long-shot, but the stats showed he was close. The Gamecocks are weak inside so Davis had an easy time working the paint, maybe we’ll see the opportunity present itself again this Saturday in Columbia.

Third time’s a charm, so they say. Except this time. It was a couple of weeks ago against Arkansas where Davis was rolling, posting 27 points along with 14 rebounds. But it took him a little while to find his first block in this one; in fact Terrence Jones was already on his third of the game before Davis had his first. In the end, he had seven minutes to get three more, but the Cats had such a big lead they just ate the clock.

Finally, Tuesday night was the fourth real chance to see a triple double, and was one of the most promising-looking. Davis had seven blocks with over nine minutes to go, and only needed two more rebounds — an easy thing for Davis to get. But fate wasn’t on his side, and he got zero rebounds and zero blocks the rest of the game. It helped that Tennessee, and Skylar McBee, wasn’t scared to try to go inside. See, Davis needs a little luck — and maybe stupidity — from the other team too.

Looking ahead, will Anthony Davis be able to add a triple-double added to his Kentucky legacy? The last “easy” game remaining on the schedule (aside from the 16-seed the Cats will face in March) is coming this weekend at South Carolina, so will Davis be able to post it against better teams? One thing that may be on his side is teams with better inside-men won’t be as timid to go at him, allowing more opportunities to block shots. We’ve seen teams basically give up trying to score on him, like St. Johns did, but Patrick Young, Renardo Sydney and Festus Ezeli are a few players he’ll be going up against soon, and none will be scared to try to score inside, and Davis has proved he isn’t going to back down from physical play. It’ll be a good chance for swat city.

In the end, don’t think I really care about Anthony Davis getting a triple-double. Obviously it means nothing in the grand scheme of things, and of course we would all rather have a National Championship. I wish Davis the best, and hope he can get that triple-double — because he deserves to have that honor for the kind of player he is. But for now, let’s just keep winning.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

18 Comments for Will we see a triple-double?

  1. hoopla
    1:26 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    there will be a triple dbl this season and it’ll be Teague who gets it: pts. / assists / rebs

  2. tncatfan
    1:28 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going out on a limb to say he gets his first triple double in the NCAA tournament. It would be awesome for him to average a triple double in the Final Four….

  3. Jax Teller
    1:32 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    When I read this all I could picture was a video mash-up with Brent Musburger narrating. Especially the paragraph that starts, “it would be another month until Davis had another chance”. Seems like that would be the lead in to a game…

  4. nashvillewildcat
    1:36 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I could care less if anyone on the roster gets a triple double this year. All I want is 8.

  5. Chuck
    1:38 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    You need to change your name to Rocco Hammer or Dick Hammer. You could write your own ticket with that change. Stuart takes away the coolness of your last name. Oh, consider Jack as well.

  6. Yroc53
    1:39 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Insider article over on espn says Ohio State is the true number one and apparently have a better defense than UK. What a load of crap.

  7. ozarkcatfan
    1:42 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I hope Davis and company don’t even have a triple double on their mind Saturday. This team has come a long way by playing “we” and not “me” basketball. No game on the road is “easy” in the SEC. If they are thinking in those terms we are in for serious trouble at South Carolina.

  8. Wu Tang Financial
    1:49 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #5….Dick or Jack Hammmer….lol! That had me busting up at my desk. He could class it up and go with “Richard” Hammer. You can call your own shots with a name like that.

  9. Jiminy Cricket
    1:54 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    A “blocking” stat triple double is pretty hard to come by.

  10. one-n-done
    1:57 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    He has a great chance with the tough road test comeing up. If the big guys at Vandy, Florida, and Miss. St try to bring it in the paint that will give him more opportunity to get them. All three of those big guys will want to prove they are the best and wont back down. Getting a triple double is pretty awesome, but passing Shaq with the all time freshmen block record is historical.

  11. catcrawler
    1:59 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Let him play PG on offense and it’ll be a quadruple double.

  12. REAL BLY
    2:16 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    CLAW HAMMER!!! anyway…no triple D’s this season…we have WAAY to many good players for that to happen.

  13. Jordan
    2:21 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    If he is able to get one, I believe he should be a lock for player of the year. He does have the amazing hurdle of wearing a UK jersey to win that award, but with being only the second player in our storied programs history to achieve a triple double and also lead the country in blocks and continue to convert on the lobs, he deserves player of the year award. I believe you could put micheal jordan here and have him average a triple double for the #1 team and still get snubbed. Only this year will tell.

  14. Fred
    2:43 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    It happens when Ole Miss comes to LexingVegas in 16 days…. count it!

  15. lexslamman
    2:46 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Next year if we get the class I’m thinking about, we might see two triple doubles in one game.

  16. Han
    3:31 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    15) Noel with Points, Rebounds and Blocks, but who do you think is going to get 10 boards (or steals) and assists to go with 10 points? Bazz? Poythress? Bennett?

    Still, I like your thinking.

  17. Donald Higdon
    4:53 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, Britney clearly stole this story from Here is their article on <a href=""Davis Chasing Elusive Triple Double

  18. Dave Ball
    1:45 am February 3, 2012 Permalink

    yeah…if it happens this year…Teague or MKG (with assists)…I think by the time AD would have 7-8 blocks, either the opponent would just give up going inside (even though AD still blocks 3’s better than any big man I have ever seen) or coach would sit him because UK would be too far ahead…would still love to have someone other than Chris Mills have a triple-double on the UK ledger…