People from the periphery may highlight Malik Monk’s 23-point performance as the main reason why the Kentucky Wildcats were able to leave Madison Square Garden with a 69-48 win over the Big Ten’s elite program, but those in attendance know there was one reason for Kentucky’s triumph.
“We’re getting better,” Calipari said after the game. “Our pick-and-roll defense stinks right now, but it’ll get better. We get out rebounded again, but we’re getting better. These guys took a lot of pride in this game.”
How good was the Wildcats’ defense?