NCAA Tournament: Anthony Davis Contusion Scares Big Blue Nation Breathless in Blowout of Baylor [VIDEO]
The final score, 82-70, is hardly indicative of the beatdown Kentucky put on Baylor in Sunday's South Regional Final in Atlanta.
After apparently toying with the Bears in the opening minutes--Baylor went on an early 8-0 run and pushed the score to 10-5--UK finished the first half on a blistering 37-12 run of its own to seemingly put the game well out of reach.
Baylor's front line of Quincy Miller, Quincy Acy, and Perry Jones III will all play in the NBA and were part of a starting five that really matched up well with the 'Cats...or so I thought. Three-point specialist Brady Heslip made one--ONE--the entire game.
However, all thoughts about who was as good as whom and how many points so-and-so had scored and who was in foul trouble--all of it, any of it--went out the window when National Player of the Year Anthony Davis collided with Jones III and hit the floor grabbing his knee and writhing in pain. A raucous, deafening Georgia Dome went dead quiet.
But then the screams of delight continued anew after Davis was spotted in front of the scorer's table ready to re-enter the game. He was still wincing, but he was fine. Turns out it was a contusion, a bruise. No damage, though it seemed to get into the players' heads a bit as Baylor made a second-half charge and UK's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fouled out.
Still and all, the Bears never got closer than 10 as the Wildcats won their fourth consecutive game by double digits. Now UK will prepare for a trip to New Orleans to face hated rival Louisville in the Final Four. The story lines never seem to stop. And, boy is that one a doozy. To be continued...