NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Kansas’ Thomas Robinson went head to head all season as the two favorites for national player of the year honors.
Neither was on the landscape when the season got started. Davis was known as a point guard turned big man after a late growth spurt. Robinson played seven minutes a game as a sophomore and wasn’t expected to be a factor on the national stage.
The 6-foot-10 Davis leads six double-figure scorers on Kentucky with a 14.4 average, and he grabbed 10.2 rebounds per game. His 180 blocked shots lead the country and are a Kentucky season record.
The 6-10 Robinson averages 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds, and his 71 assists are third on the team.
But Kansas coach Bill Self says don’t expect to see them guarding each other in the national championship game Monday night.