Who Should Be College Basketball's Player of the Year?

I can't argue with you, Hampton. I haven't watched a ton of college hoops this year because I've been sick with a GIANT FEVER, but I did see the Jayhawks paste a very good Baylor team, thanks in large part to a 27-14 from T-Rob. As much as I love Anthony Davis, his comically high 66 percent field goal percentage, and his unibrow (more on that from Patrick I hope), he has better teammates around him than Robinson does, which makes him the odd (big) man out.

But I propose we give the award to group of players this year (otherwise I have to rehash Hampton's fawning Jayhawk-love). Specifically, the Naismith should go to the sextet of Kentucky players averaging at least 9.7 points per game. That would be Davis, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Darius Miller, and Marquis Teague. On average, the group has played 168.4 out of a possible 200 minutes per game for the Wildcats this season, each averaging at least 25.5 minutes a contest. Though Davis has played the best of the group, Kidd-Gilchrist has shown an ability to completely take over a game for eight to 10 minutes at a time and dropped a season-high 24 points in UK's biggest win of the season, a 69-62 victory over then-No. 4 Louisville.

The other players have been nearly as impressive and the group has become almost unstoppable as a unit. That's all the more remarkable given that Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and Teague are freshmen and Jones and Lamb are sophomores. Any UK doubters were silenced on Tuesday, when the 'Cats annihilated No. 7 Florida, 78-58, behind a 13-13 from Kidd-Gilchrist and a game-high 18 points from Lamb. Kentucky players other than the Super Six played a grand total of 15 minutes in the game.

Gonna take me to task for flagrantly overlooking the meaning of "Player of the Year", Patrick? Or do you think I'm on to something?

–Jake

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