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Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist on Midseason 30 Watch List for Naismith Award

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The recognition just keeps on rolling in for Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist,

The two freshman roommates were named on Wednesday to the Midseason 30 Watch List for the Naismith Men's Basketball Player of the Year Award. UK is one of four schools, along with Missouri, North Carolina and Syracuse to have two players on the list.

Davis has thrust himself into contention for nearly every major player of the year award with a record-setting block pace and a rapidly developing offensive game. He leads the No. 1 Wildcats in scoring with 14.3 points per game to go with a team-best 9.8 rebounds per game, 138 blocks and 43 steals. His 138 blocks have set a Southeastern Conference freshman record and lead the nation.

Kidd-Gilchrist has cultivated a big-game reputation, posting half of his six double-doubles against top-10 opponents. On the season he is averaging 12.0 points and 7.8 rebounds. He also ranks among team leaders in assists, blocks and steals.

The Naismith Award is among the most prestigious in collegiate athletics. The Atlanta Athletic Club will present the award the weekend of the Final Four in New Orleans.

ESPN appraises races for SEC player, coach of the year

According to a panel of experts, Davis and John Calipari have all but locked up player and coach of the year honors in the SEC for this season. Thirteen ESPN writers and analysts submitted ballots for each award and each one cast his/her vote for both Davis and Calipari.

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