UK head coach John Calipari knows his team will need more and more of Willie Cauley-Stein to finish this season strong. No individual player can replace what Nerlens Noel meant to the Cats this season. The rebounds, points and blocks were just part of what made Noel so valuable. His work ethic, attitude and hustle put him at over-the-top levels of indispensible.
Yet the Cats have had to move on with him on the sidelines because of a torn ACL.
So, the twin towers became a solo act.
While Cauley-Stein was cautioned that he alone was not responsible for carrying the entire load of Noel’s absence, he knew his play would be much more important.