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2011-12 Cats history in the making

Every once in a while there comes along a special team that changes the landscape of college basketball as we know it.

Ultimately, who cuts down the nets in April will define this season, but this year’s Kentucky team is having a historic run as the Wildcats continue their push towards March Madness and an eighth national championship. Along the way, Kentucky and its individual parts are either breaking records or on the verge of approaching them.

The most noticeable is Anthony Davis, who continues to gather National Player of the Year headlines for his dynamic all-around play. But to help you keep track of the history UK is making this season, we’ve compiled a long list of the records UK is approaching.

Davis’ national prominence

Anthony Davis, who has already set the program’s new single-season blocks record and the Southeastern Conference’s single-season freshman blocks mark, currently has 133 blocks. Davis leads the nation with 4.8 blocks per game, but he’s picked it up in conference play, averaging 5.5 swats in 12 SEC games.

If Davis were to average 5.5 blocks the rest of the regular season (three games), through the SEC Tournament (three games, assuming the Cats reach the conference championship game) and through the NCAA tournament (six games if they make it to the national championship), Davis would come extremely close to breaking David Robinson’s NCAA single-season blocks record of 207.

All-time NCAA single-season blocks list:

  1. David Robinson (Navy 1985-86) – 207
  2. *Anthony Davis (2011-12) – 199
  3. Shawn James (Northeastern 2005-06) – 196
  4. Mickell Gladness (Alabama A&M 2006-07) – 188
  5. Hassan Whiteside (Marshall 2009-10) – 182

*Davis’ projection if he averages 5.5 blocks the rest of the year and plays 12 more games

Anthony Davis' 133 blocks leads the country. (photo by James Crisp, Associated Press)

All-time NCAA freshman blocks list:

  1. *Anthony Davis (2011-12) – 199
  2. Hassan Whiteside, Marshall (34 games – 2009-10) – 182
  3. Shawn Bradley, BYU (34 games – 1990-91) – 177
  4. Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown (34 games – 1988-89) – 169
  5. Adonal Foyle, Colgate (30 games – 1994-95) – 147

*Davis’ projection if he averages 5.5 blocks the rest of the year and plays 12 more games

School and conference records for Davis

 If Davis continues averaging 5.5 blocks for the 12 possible remaining games — again, what he’s averaged in SEC play — he will also be in the top five on the all-time UK career blocks list.

UK’s career blocks list:

  1. Jamaal Magloire (1997-2000) – 268
  2. Melvin Turpin (1981-84) – 226
  3. Sam Bowie (1980-81, 84) – 218
  4. Andre Riddick (1992-95) – 212
  5. *Anthony Davis (2011-12) – 199

*Davis’ projection if he averages 5.5 blocks the rest of the year and plays 12 more games

With four conference games left and three possible SEC Tournament games, Davis would also shatter the SEC record for blocks in a single season. He currently ranks seventh on the SEC’s single-season blocks list.

SEC single-season blocks list:

  1. *Anthony Davis (2011-12) – 199
  2. Jarvis Varnado, MSU (2008-09) – 170
  3. Jarvis Varnado, MSU (2009-10) – 170
  4. Shaquille O’Neal, LSU 1991-92) – 157
  5. Jarvis Varnado, MSU (2007-08) – 157
  6. Roy Rogers, Alabama (1995-96 )- 156
  7. Shaquille O’Neal, LSU (1990-91) – 140

*Davis’ projection if he averages 5.5 blocks the rest of the year and plays 12 more games

Davis’ offensive efficiency

Overshadowed sometimes by his defensive domination, Davis has turned into one of the most efficient offensive players in program history. He is currently shooting 64.6 percent on the season, which, if the season ended today,  would be the second highest single-season field-goal percentage in Kentucky basketball history.

Single-season field-goal percentage (min. 150 attempts):

    1. Michael Bradley (1998-99) – 65.7
    2. *Anthony Davis (2011-12) – 65.1
    3. Charles Hurt (1982-83) – 63.0
    4. Marquis Estill (2001-04) – 62.4

*If the season ended today

Teague passing his way into record books

Marquis Teague is currently averaging 4.7 assists per game, already landing him fourth on the all-time Kentucky freshman assist list with 132. If he maintains this average of 4.7 assists per game the rest of the year, he will climb to second place on that list, trailing only John Wall.

All-time UK freshman assist leaders:

  1. John Wall (2009-2010) – 241
  2. *Marquis Teague (2011-2012) – 188
  3. Brandon Knight (2010-2011) – 159
  4. Dirk Minniefield (1979-1980) – 126
  5. Rajon Rondo (2004-2005) – 118

*If he continues to average 4.7 assists the rest of the season and the Cats play all 12 possible games

Miller providing more than senior leadership

After already becoming the 58th member of the 1,000-point club, senior Darius Miller is also approaching elite company. He is closing in on becoming one of just three Wildcats to record more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals.

  • Tayshaun Prince (1,775 points, 759 rebounds, 255 assists, 142 blocks, 111 steals)
  • Chuck Hayes (1,211 points, 910 rebounds, 290 assists, 128 blocks, 169 steals)
  • Darius Miller (1,130 points, 454 rebounds, 256 assists, 95 blocks, 104 steals)

Doron Lamb’s 3-point percentage

Doron Lamb has continued to sink 3-point baskets at a jaw-dropping efficiency this season (he’s currently seventh in the country in 3-point field-goal percentage at 48.7 percent). If his career were to end today, he would be the program’s top 3-point shooter in terms of percentage.

Doron Lamb is currently seventh in the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage. (photo by Chet White, UK Athletics)

Career 3-point field-goal percentage (minimum 150 attempts):

  1. *Doron Lamb (2011-12) - 48.6
  2. Cameron Mills (1995-98) – 47.4
  3. Travis Ford (1992-94) – 44.5
  4. Rex Chapman (1987-88) – 40.0
  5. Derek Anderson (1994-96) – 39.9

*If his career ended today

Single-season 3-point field-goal percentage  (minimum 100 attempts):

  1. Travis Ford (1992-93) 52.9
  2. *Doron Lamb (2011-12) 48.7
  3. Doron Lamb (2010-11) 48.6
  4. Darius Miller (2010-11) 44.3
  5. Tony Delk (1995-96) 44.3

*If the season ended today

The swat team

The NCAA all-time single-season team shot-blocking record is held by the 2003-04 Connecticut Huskies with 315 blocks.

Kentucky is currently leading the nation in blocks with 254 and averaging 9.07 blocks per-game, the most that any Kentucky team has ever averaged. If the Cats were to continue averaging at least 9.07 blocks per game the rest of the regular season (three games) and through the SEC Tournament (three games, assuming they reach the conference championship game) and through the NCAA Tournament (six games if they reach the national championship), Kentucky will have 362 blocks break UConn’s NCAA team single-season record.

All-time NCAA team blocked shots:

  1. Connecticut (2003-04, 39 games) – 315
  2. Georgetown (1988-89, 34 games) – 309
  3. Connecticut (2005-06, 34 games) – 298
  4. Connecticut (2007-08, 33 games) – 285

All they do is win

At 27-1, Kentucky could play 12 more games the rest of the season. If that’s the case, Kentucky can win 39 games this season, which would break the record of the 1948-49 Wildcats (36-3) for the most wins by any team in a single-season in school history.

Most wins by a Kentucky team: 

  1. 36 (1947-48)
  2. 35 (three times; 2009-2010, 1997-1998, 1996-1997)
  3. 34 (two times; 1995-96, 1946-47)

Historically balanced

Five Wildcats are currently averaging in double figures with Teague just barely behind at 9.6. If UK plays in the maximum 12 games left and Teague averages 11.0 points the rest of the season, he would average exactly 10.0 points on the season. If he can achieve that and the other five Wildcats remain in double figures, it would mark the first time in program history six players averaged double digits at the end of the regular season.

  • Anthony Davis (13.8 ppg)
  • Doron Lamb (13.7 ppg)
  • Terrence Jones (12.2 ppg)
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (12.2 ppg)
  • Darius Miller (10.0 ppg)
  • Marquis Teague (9.6 ppg)