Fast Break: Davis states case for Player of the Year

February 25, 2012 

  • Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday
    Where: LP Field in Nashville
    TV: ESPNews
    Radio: WBUL-FM 98.1; WLAP-AM 630; WWRW-FM 105.5

Talking points

Vanderbilt stayed on top early while Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did the work for UK. Kidd-Gilchrist led an 8-0 UK charge for a 32-24 lead. Vandy responded with a 12-2 run and led 37-36 at halftime. The score was tied six times and there were six lead changes in the first half. Doron Lamb sparked UK early in the second half and Kentucky slowly pulled out to a 66-56 lead on a Darius Miller surge. Vandy answered with nine straight. Davis did it all for UK, and once again the Cats finished strong with a 17-9 closing run.

Telling numbers

■ In the first half, Vandy outscored UK 9-0 on three-pointers. UK was 0-for-8.

■ Lamb and Miller combined for two points in the first half.

■ In back-to-back games, Miller has not scored in the first 30 minutes only to finish strong.

■ In six of the last seven halves, UK's opponent has hit better than 40 percent from the field. The opponent was under 40 percent in five of the previous six halves.

Thumbs up

■ Davis made a strong case for national Player of the Year honors.

■ Not many players at any level finish in transition better than Kidd-Gilchrist.

■ UK hit 68 percent from the field in the second half.

Thumbs down

■ UK was careless with the ball at times early and struggled at times late in possessions.

■ Leading 66-56, UK seemed to forget John Jenkins is one of the top three-point shooters around.

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