UK Men's Basketball

Kentucky's Calipari, Davis SEC coach, player of year

UK coach John Calipari smiled as he took Anthony Davis out the first time in the second half of the Kentucky vs. South Carolina basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 in Columbia , S.C.  He later reinserted Davis into the game. Photo by David Perry | Staff
UK coach John Calipari smiled as he took Anthony Davis out the first time in the second half of the Kentucky vs. South Carolina basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 in Columbia , S.C. He later reinserted Davis into the game. Photo by David Perry | Staff HERALD-LEADER

The University of Kentucky men's basketball team cleaned up in the post-season awards announced Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference, rewards befitting their undefeated regular-season league finish.

The league's coaches voted Kentucky's John Calipari SEC Coach of the Year for the first time, after the Wildcats' third-year coach led his team to a 30-1 overall record and No. 1 national ranking.

Freshman Anthony Davis was named Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Senior Darius Miller was named Sixth Man of the Year.

Coaches voted on eight-member teams for first team, second team and all-freshman team. They voted on a five-player squad for the all-defensive team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players and ties were not broken.

Kentucky's Davis and fellow freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were named to the All-SEC first, freshman and defensive teams. Sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb made the second team.

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