And that is pretty much the same reaction I had, AD
Maybe its the heat of the dog days of summer, but something has Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun talking craaaaazy. Brockway sent out a series of tweets this afternoon and rather boldly said that the two time national champion Gators of 2006-2007 would pretty much dominate the recent Kentucky Wildcat national champs.
@MikeGriffith32 Florida, Noah would run Anthony Davis off the court.
Yes, Brockway went there. To be honest, that Gators team was a great team, but they would lose 7 out of 10 games against the 2011-12 Wildcats. And that is being generous.
Even having the benefit of two years together, that Gator team managed to lose five game, four of which were to unranked teams and that team literally limped to the finish line in the SEC, losing three of their last five games by double digits. Kentucky on the other hand stormed through the regular season with just one loss on a fluke basket to Indiana and then a SEC championship game to Vanderbilt.
The teams were similar in that they were nasty defensive teams. Florida allowed just 62.6 points a game while Kentucky allowed 60.6. Florida opponents made 40.7% of their shots, but the Wildcats were even stingier, allowing 37.4%. Brockway’s assertion that Noah would run Anthony Davis off the court is absurd. Brockway argues that Noah was better conditioned, but Davis averaged 32 minutes a game compared to Noah’s 25.9. And now we come to sheer defensive presence. Davis created absolute havoc on the court and forced other teams to reconsider their game, even with three pointers. Noah was a great college player, but had nowhere near the same impact.
Even in other stat comparisons, Florida loses out. Kentucky was slightly better at rebounding (1556-1504), but Kentucky blocked 150 more shots on the season than Florida. This kind of defensive havoc has to be considered but Brockway seems to miss the point. Brockway went on with the heat induced ramblings: