Davis' blocks fueling No. 2 Kentucky's stingy D 

Freshman Anthony Davis is elevating Kentucky's defense to an elite level.

The second-ranked Wildcats (18-1, 7-0) rank first in the Southeastern Conference and second in the nation by holding opponents to 35.8 percent shooting from the field. Davis leads the nation with 89 blocked shots and Kentucky has 177 rejections overall — also tops in the country.

Kentucky plays Alabama on Saturday in what could make for a defensive showdown. The Crimson Tide is second in the SEC and sixth in the nation in field-goal defense.

Alabama (13-5, 2-2) beat Kentucky last year at home, but did it without having to face Davis, who is coming off a career-best 27-point performance that included 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots in an 86-63 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday.

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