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Containing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope



Willie Cauley-Stein has a big chance to showcase his defensive skills tonight against Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell-Pope is averaging 18 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and has led Georgia in scoring in every game but three. According to Jerry Tipton, he’s the only player in the SEC to score 10 or more points in every game. The good news is that he’s Georgia’s only player averaging in double figures, and you don’t have to stop him or shut him down in order to win, but it’ll go a long way if Kentucky can contain him to 16 points or less.


Georgia is 1-5 in SEC play when Caldwell-Pope scores only 16 points or less. When he scores 17 points or more, Georgia is 7-3 in SEC play.


Below is the breakdown in conference play.

When Caldwell-Pope is held to 16 points or less (1-5):

LOSS at Florida
LOSS vs. Miss. State
LOSS at Missouri
LOSS vs. Florida
WIN vs. Texas A&M
LOSS at Arkansas

When Caldwell-Pope scores 17 points or more (7-3):

WIN at Texas A&M
WIN vs. Auburn
WIN at South Carolina
WIN at Tennessee
LOSS vs. Alabama
LOSS at Ole Miss
WIN vs. South Carolina
LOSS at Vanderbilt
WIN vs. Tennessee


It’s not brain surgery. The Cats’ mission tonight will be to contain Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

20 Comments for Containing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

  1. Brad
    12:06 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    What does Cauley-Stein have to do with defending Pope?

  2. B-man
    12:09 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Pope’s numbers are a little misleading. He averages a lot of points, but he takes a lot of shots to get there. He has taken nearly 400 shots this season. No other player for GA has taken over 200.

  3. Greer
    12:09 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Alex and Archie are really our only two players with the ability to “stop, contain or slow down” the opposing teams best players. Alex is often just to big to guard a 6’5″ and under guy, because he reaches and gets terrible touch fouls. Archie just doesn’t have the defensive pride that Liggins, MKG, or even Jorts had. Nerlens had it, and Willie does his best…. Caldwell Pope goes for 30 on us unfortunately.

  4. Greer
    12:11 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I also wish that Cal would make it a priority to slow the opposing teams best player- ala Pitino at Kentucky. I had rather everybody score 11 pts, than have a guy go for 40 on us, ever.

  5. bluey
    12:14 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    UGA’s 2nd leading scorer averages 7 pts LOL. If we can’t beat these scrubs we don’t even deserve an NIT invite.

  6. Brad
    12:15 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure Cal has had great defense while at UK. This team just lack great perimeter defenders which has allowed players to go off on us.

  7. SCCat
    12:23 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    jay Bilas on Colin Cowherd right now giving props to UK FAN and NASA Engineer Darrell Woods – i don’t know you Darrell, but you are repping Big Blue Nation well!

    Great story about teamwork and philosophy that goes beyond basketball. KSR, you should look this dude up.

  8. SCCat
    12:25 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Disclaimer – the “greer” on this thread and others is not Ryen Greer, the famous KY fan. Just putting that down.

  9. Topical Pseudonym
    12:28 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone else expecting a 10+ point loss tonight? I love UK, but this team has no heart…

  10. brain
    12:29 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    For this group it is like brain surgery.

  11. FML
    12:36 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Overslept and just realized I’m wearing a reddish dress shirt at work today… #WTFmoment

  12. Kevin C.
    12:52 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Wait…Georgia lost at home…to MISS. STATE ??? If we don’t beat them by at least 15, I don’t care if we beat Florida or not, we don’t deserve an NCAA bid. If we LOSE to Georgia, and then send Julius and Jarrod out with a loss to Florida, we don’t even deserve an NIT bid.

  13. Alamo_CatFan
    1:01 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Better than average odds that one or two GA players not named Pope have career nights tonight. That’s just the way it seems to fall for us.

  14. MemphisCat
    1:37 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    What happens in Pope goes for 40 tonight? Can we shut down the rest of the Dawgs?

  15. Shay
    1:43 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    WCS better not be guarding KTP ?

  16. Shay
    1:44 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink


  17. I heard
    1:56 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I heard Kentavious is actually Plexico burgess’s nephew!

  18. tuxedo park
    2:44 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    how can we kontaive kentavious.

  19. Rae
    4:38 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    12. Jarrod’s a junior.

  20. Bluieville
    5:50 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    First time in over 30 years that only one player has averaged in double figures for the dawgs.