So how best to handicap it?
Start with the stats:
David is averaging 14.1 points and 9.8 rebounds, and his 66.1 field goal percentage is among the 10 best in the country. The 6-foot-10 forward also has swatted 140 shots, and needs just 31 more blocks to break the SEC record set by Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado in 2009.
Robinson, meanwhile, is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double at 18 points and 11.9 rebounds. He’s been even better against ranked teams, averaging 19.8 points and shooting nearly 56 percent against a group of opponents that includes Duke, Baylor and Missouri.
Many forget that Davis and Robinson faced each other at Madison Square Garden early in the season. Davis finished with 14 points, six rebounds and seven blocks in his second college game, while Robinson turned in an 11-point, 12-rebound performance for Kansas.
“If I had a vote, he’d be my vote for player of the year,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said Saturday night, after watching Robinson pile up 25 points and 14 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 77-58 victory. “Just the way he’s carried himself, playing against him _ he’s terrific.”
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor considers he an astute observer of the game, and he’s more than willing to share his opinion on just about anything.
“Anthony Davis is a beast, man, he definitely is,” Taylor said, “but I just don’t see too many better than T-Rob. Especially when he’s on top of his game.”
Davis has his own supporters, starting with the guys taking the floor with him.
“He’s doing everything,” Kentucky guard Doron Lamb said. “He’s always playing defense, he’s always scoring. He’s always doing the right thing, really. I don’t see him making no mistakes.”
“He gets his points so easily: rebounds, dunks, stuff like that,” added freshman forward Kyle Wiltjer. “He’s come a long way on offense and defense.”
Davis is long and lean, while Robinson has muscles upon muscles. Davis prefers to work around the rim, using his quickness to get around post defenders, while Robinson has shown an improving mid-range game and the ability to extend defenses all the way to the perimeter.
There are also similarities.