How Kentucky Wildcats must adjust defensively before March

Willie Cauley-Stein - photo by Bo Morris | Kentucky Sports Review
Willie Cauley-Stein – photo by Bo Morris | Sports Review

After getting pounded at on Tuesday night, the 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 to make any kind of respectable run in the tournament, ’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 has come to rely too heavily on him to bail out everyone else on the roster. As such, when he gets in foul or, as on Tuesday, hits a bad matchup—Johnny O’Bryant III torched him last year too—there’s no backup plan.

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