After getting pounded at LSU on Tuesday night, the Kentucky Wildcats need to take a long look at several problems, chief among them being the defense. Allowing the No. 145 field-goal offense in the country to shoot 50.8 percent from the floor is the kind of performance that would get the Wildcats bounced very quickly in postseason play.
For Kentucky to make any kind of respectable run in the NCAA tournament, John Calipari’s squad must improve at containing opposing scorers. Strange as it may sound, that effort needs to start by ignoring the best defensive player on the roster.
Willie Cauley-Stein is an incredible weapon as a defensive player, but Kentucky has come to rely too heavily on him to bail out everyone else on the roster. As such, when he gets in foul trouble or, as on Tuesday, hits a bad matchup—Johnny O’Bryant III torched him last year too—there’s no backup plan.