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It’s All About the Brow: Anthony Davis Sweeps the SEC Awards

Freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist both made the all-SEC first team.

FIRST TEAM

F Anthony Davis, Kentucky: 14.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.7 bpg

Anthony Davis was outstanding this season. The native Chicagoan is going to rack up a lot of awards and honors in the next few months: first team All-America, National Player of the Year, National Unibrow of the Year, No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, etc.. More on Davis later.

F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky: 11.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.1 apg

Kidd-Gilchrist might be the second best freshman in the country, but he also happens to be the second best freshman on No.1 Kentucky. As outstanding as Anthony Davis has been, Kidd-Gilchrist has been great in his own right. The future top-five pick is an all-around stud with one hell of a motor. Kidd-Gilchrist’s offensive rating of 111.o ranked eighth among SEC players who used at least 20 percent of their team’s possessions. The 6-7 forward also ranked among the SEC’s top 25 in effective field goal percentage (49.8), true shooting percentage (56.0), offensive rebounding percentage (10.3), defensive rebounding percentage (17.3) and block percentage (3.3).

G John Jenkins, Vanderbilt: 20.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 apg

The sharp-shooting junior was one of the most efficient offensive players in the country. Jenkins’ offensive rating of 127.3 ranked first in the SEC and fifth in the country among players who used at least 20 percent of their team’s possessions. The 6-4 guard was one of the best shooters in the SEC and the entire country. Jenkins led the SEC in points per game (20.2) while ranking second (behind Anthony Davis) in effective field goal percentage (63.8) and true shooting percentage (67.0). He also ranked eighth in the nation in effective field goal percentage and 12th in true shooting percentage. Jenkins shot a blistering .461 percent from behind the arc (third in the SEC), and led the conference in three-pointers made (118). He also was second in the SEC in free throw percentage (.849).

G Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt: 17.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.8 apg

Taylor teamed up with teammate John Jenkins to form one of the sharpest-shooting duos in the country. Taylor, the SEC’s second leading scoring (17.1), ranked sixth in effective field goal percentage (59.2) and ninth in true shooting percentage (60.2). Taylor shot .451 percent from three, the fourth highest mark in the SEC. His offensive rating of 114.5 was best among the 14 SEC players who used at least 24 percent of their team’s possessions.

G Kenny Boynton, Florida: 16.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apg

Boynton was the most-efficient guard in the Gators’ crowded, talented backcourt. The 6-2 junior ranked second in the SEC and 29th in the nation in offensive rating (125.2) among players who used at least 20 percent of their team’s possessions. Boynton is an accomplished scorer. He was the fourth leading scorer in the SEC (16. 8 ppg) and ranked fifth in both effective field goal percentage (59.9) and true shooting percentage (62.2). He also ranked fourth in three-point percentage (.434) and second in three-pointers made (102).

Gators Brad Beal and Erving Walker both made the all-SEC second team.

SECOND TEAM

F Terrence Jones, Kentucky: 12.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.9 bpg

F Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State: 16.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 1.1 apg

G Bradley Beal, Florida: 14.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg

G Erving Walker, Florida: 12.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.7 apg

G B.J. Young, Arkansas: 15.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg

Trae Golden is one of two Volunteers on the all-SEC third team.

THIRD TEAM

F Patric Young, Florida: 10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 apg

F Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee: 12.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.2 apg

G Dee Bost, Mississippi State: 15.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.3 apg

G Trae Golden, Tennessee: 13.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.5 apg

G Doron Lamb, Kentucky: 13.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 apg

AWARDS

Never shave it, Anthony.

Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Um, Anthony Davis is pretty good at basketball. Let’s start on offense. Davis’ offensive rating of 138.1 was No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 in the nation. He was first in the SEC and fourth in the nation in effective field goal percentage (66.7), and first in the SEC and fifth in the nation in true shooting percentage (68.4). The 6-10 freshman also ranked ninth in the conference in offensive rebounding percentage (11.7), first in turnover rate (9.3) and sixth in free throw rate (55.4). On defense, no player impacted the game like the unibrowed Chicagoan. He was the best shot blocker in the country, ranking first in blocks per game (4.7) and third in block percentage (14.7). He also averaged 1.4 steals per game and ranked 14th in the SEC in steal percentage (2.7). Say what you want about the one-and-done rule, but it’s been a ton of fun watching Davis play at the college level this season.

I’ll use any excuse I can to get more Derrick Rose on this blog.

Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky

Yes, John Calipari is coaching the most talented team in the country, but if your team goes a perfect 16-0 in conference play, you’re going to win coach of the year in that conference every time. Calipari has led the young and immensely talented Wildcats to 30 wins and a No. 1 ranking.

As always, all stats come from Ken Pomeroy’s amazing website.

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College Hoops Outlook: Best Remaining Regular Season Games

Thomas Robinson got the best of Perry Jones when they matched up in January.

Wednesday, Feb. 8:

Kansas at Baylor, 6 p.m.

Future lottery picks Perry Jones and Thomas Robinson battle again. Robinson and the Jayhawks beat the Bears last month.

Georgetown at Syracuse, 6 p.m.

Will Syracuse lose another regular season game?

Duke at North Carolina, 8 p.m.

This might be the best night of college hoops of the regular season. Three match-ups of top 15 teams.

Thursday, Feb. 9:

St. Mary’s at Gonzaga, 10 p.m.

The Gaels bring an unbeaten conference record 12 game winning streak into Spokane. St. Mary’s won the first game between these two.

Mizzou’s Marcus Denmon came up clutch against Kansas on Feb. 4.

Saturday, Feb. 11:

Baylor at Mizzou, 12:45 p.m.

Mizzou went into Waco and beat the Bears last month. Can Baylor return the favor in Columbia? Will the winner of this game get a one-seed in the tourney?

Wichita State at Creighton, 4 p.m.

The two best teams in the Missouri Valley Conference face off in Omaha. The Blue Jays bested the Shockers in Wichita on New Year’s Eve.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m.

The No. 1 Wildcats put their unblemished conference record on the line against a talented Commodore team.

Monday, Feb. 13:

Syracuse at Louisville, 6 p.m.

This is will probably be the Orange’s toughest remaining road test.

Wednesday, Feb. 15:

New Mexico at San Diego State, 9 p.m.

Two of the best teams in the Mountain go toe-to-toe in San Diego. The Lobos beat the Aztecs in Albuquerque last month.

Thursday, Feb. 16:

Wisconsin at Michigan State, 6 p.m.

The Spartans beat the Badgers in Madison last month in OT. Can Bo return the favor and beat Izzo in East Lansing?

Mike Moser has been a beast this season for the Rebels.

Saturday, Feb. 18:

UNLV at New Mexico, 12 p.m.

Mike Moser and the Rebels will try to knock off the Lobos in The Pit.

St. Mary’s at Murray State, 5 p.m.

Perhaps the top two mid-major teams face off in a BracketBusters game. Can the Gaels ruin the Racers’ quest for perfection?

Ohio State at Michigan, 8 p.m.

Michigan played the Buckeyes tough in Columbus but lost. Can the Wolverines contain Jared Sullinger?

Long Beach State at Creighton, 9 p.m.

Casper Ware faces off with Doug McDermott. Which team will strengthen their at-large profile?

Thursday, Feb. 23:

Duke at Florida State, 6 p.m.

Michael Snaer’s buzzer beater gave the Seminoles an upset win at Cameron Indoor last month.

Virginia’s Mike Scott is one of the most underrated players in the country.

Saturday, Feb. 25:

North Carolina at Virginia, 3 p.m.

The Tar Heels face a tough conference foe on the road.

Mizzou at Kansas, 3 p.m.

The last regular season Border War for the foreseeable future.

Wisconsin at Ohio State, 5 p.m.

Deal with it. The Badgers try to avenge their home loss to the Buckeyes.

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

Michigan State at Indiana, 6 p.m.

The Hoosiers knocked off Kentucky and Ohio State at home, can they add the Spartans to the list?

Florida at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m.

Two solid SEC teams battle in Nashville.

Thursday, Mar. 1:

Florida St at Virginia, 6 p.m.

The first match-up was great, can the Wahoos get back at the Noles with a win at home?

Saturday, Mar. 3:

Georgetown at Marquette, 12 p.m.

Two of the best teams in the Big East face off in Milwaukee.

North Carolina at Duke, 6 p.m.

The best rivalry in college hoops.

Anthony Davis slams it home.

Sunday, Mar. 4:

Ohio State at Michigan State, 11 a.m.

Draymond Green and Jared Sullinger face-off in East Lansing. Could this game determine who wins the Big Ten regular season title and Big Ten player of the year?

Kentucky at Florida, 11 a.m.

The Wildcats face another road test in Gainesville. Patric Young tries to contain Anthony Davis and his unibrow.

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