If Kentucky is going to come up with a second consecutive convincing win in the state of Alabama tomorrow night, Kyle Wiltjer is going to have to play another big game. I don’t mean Kyle Wiltjer should have a big game, could have a big game, or might have a big game; I mean Kyle Wiltjer has to have a big game. Wiltjer was big against Auburn with Nerlens Noel in foul trouble and Willie Cauley-Stein back in Lexington, and he’ll be called upon for a repeat performance tomorrow night against the Crimson Tide.
Anthony Grant knows the importance of Wiltjer in Kentucky’s rotation, especially with Cauley-Stein expected to sit out again. He spoke highly of Wiltjer’s game during this afternoon’s press conference.
“He is a really skilled player,” Grant said. “I think everyone knows about his ability to shoot the basketball, but what is really impressive watching him on film is how good he is passing the ball. He gets his teammates involved. He is playing really well and we will have to do a good job defensively on him. They have other guys out there as well who are really good shooting the ball, so they have some good pieces and we will have to do a good job defensively.”
Kentucky fans are excited for another night of the aggressive Kyle Wiltjer, and it sounds like Anthony Grant is ready, too.
Bring it on.