AP Pablo Alcala
BIRMINGHAM Ala. – The UK men’s basketball team swept the Southeastern Conference weekly awards as announced by the league office on Monday.
Freshman Anthony Davis earned SEC Player of the Week honors with classmate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist earning Freshman of the Week accolades. This marks the second time this season and the sixth time Kentucky has swept the weekly awards since the freshman of the week award was introduced in 2006. Furthermore, it is the fifth time under the direction of John Calipari the Wildcats captured the honor. The duo swept the awards in January following a win over Louisville. During that sweep, Kidd-Gilchrist claimed Player of the Week honors and Davis was the league’s top performing freshman.
This marks the second SEC Player of the Week honor and it is the fifth time this season Davis has earned a weekly award from the conference. Kidd-Gilchrist is the SEC Freshman of the Week for the first time and has been honored twice this season.
Davis averaged 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and two steals in wins at Mississippi State and over Vanderbilt in helping lead UK to an outright SEC crown. Davis posted his first double-double of the week in UK’s come-from-behind victory at Mississippi State. His 13th double-double of the year came in Kentucky’s victory over Vanderbilt. Davis scored a career-high 28 points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Davis hit 91 percent of his shots on the day which is the highest single-game pct. (min. 10 att.) for UK since the 1994-95 season.
Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in wins at Mississippi State and over Vanderbilt. Kidd-Gilchrist scored a team-high 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds in UK’s win at Mississippi State. He followed that performance with an eight-rebound effort in the win over Vanderbilt as UK clinched its 45th SEC Championship.
Kentucky returns to action on Thursday, taking on Georgia at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.