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Louisville Cardinals, Brow Beaten | Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis, the outstanding University of Kentucky phenom was a one man wrecking crew leading the Wildcats past arch rival Louisville 69-61 and landing UK a spot in the national title game.

Just named the player of the year, Anthony Davis lived up to the title as he poured in 18 points and 14 rebounds against Rick Pitino’s stingy Louisville Cardinals.  Davis and his other title (often referred to as Da Brow by fans across the nation) finished his stat line with a couple assists, a steal and five blocked shots.  Impressive to say the least; but what we all expected.Anthony Davis

The Cards, however, were relentless despite not having the offensive fire power of their neighbor to the east.

While the focus, accolades and bragging rights will ultimately reside with the victor of this historic matchup for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it was a most resolute, undeterred Louisville team that impressed beyond expectations.  After all, not a single person I know outside the 40201 zip code remotely considered another of the four teams from the state appearing in the NCAA Tournament to be a legitimate contender for the national title, yet the Cards were still dancing while all schools were relegated to spectator status, save for four.

Louisville may have fallen to Da Brow and the tournament’s number one seed, UK, like many teams throughout 2011-12, but they did not defeat themselves on Saturday night’s grand stage.

Bravo to the state of Kentucky for producing plenty to cheer about during college basketball season. Kudos to the Cards for refusing to buy in to the odds makers and sports prognosticators, who had written them off before even punching their dance ticket.

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