College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, January 17, 2012
#2 Kentucky rolled past another SEC opponent Tuesday night, topping the Arkansas Razorbacks (13-5), 86-63, behind a career high 27 points and 14 rebounds from their likely one-and-done freshman sensation, Anthony Davis.
The outcome never in doubt on Kentucky's home court, Rupp Arena, the Wildcats opened with a flurry and never looked back, stretching their 37-21 half time lead to the 23-point victory.
Davis, the 6'10" forward on every NBA scout's must-see list, also swatted away seven shots, setting a new single-season mark for Kentucky ballers. Leading the nation in blocked shots with 89, Davis broke the Kentucky record of 84, previously held by Melvin Turpin and Andre Riddick.
The fabulous freshman hit 10 of 12 shots and made seven of eight free throws. four of his 14 rebounds were on the defensive end.
Kentucky outshot the Razorbacks, 57% to 40%, and out-rebounded them, 38-26.
The 18-1 Wildcats stretched the nation's longest winning streak to 46 straight. They've won ten in a row since their only loss of the season, a 73-72 defeat at Indiana.
NOTABLE: When your team loses by 100 points, maybe the AD might want to reconsider the scheduling. That could be the case for Toccoa Falls, after falling victim to the Western Carolina Catamounts, 141-39, who put nine players in double figures, led 72-17 at the half and out-rebounded the Eagles, 62-16.
Toccoa Falls plays in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and maybe should just stay there.