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4 To Watch For Against TAMU

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Conference play means that the Kentucky Wildcats have no time to get complacent. It seems like every other day they have to be gearing up for some team to make a name for themselves by knocking of a team with their eyes set on winning the conference. Kentucky has handled the pressure of the SEC pretty well so far but there is no time to relax with Texas A&M coming to town. Here’s four things to watch for when the Aggies come to town.

1. Ball Control

Defense? Check. Free Throws? Looking better. Passing and turnovers? Still needing some work. In the two games this week the Cats had a combined 25 turnovers. James Young and Julius Randle combined for 13 of those. It seems like if we could just get ball control completely in line with all the other stuff this team would be at that next level. They’ve gotten all their other problems from earlier this year just about worked out and limiting turnovers could be the final piece of the puzzle. As long as free throws weren’t a fluke.

2. Consistency At The Line

23-24. That’s an unbelievable stat considering some of the horrible shooting performances we’ve seen this year. Plus the team went 5-6 to end the game against Arkansas so maybe the woes at the charity stripe have been fixed. We will have to watch for consistency against the Aggies but free throws are going to make a major difference as we roll towards March.

3. Willie Cauley-Stein To Bounce Back

The case of the disappearing Willie is a mystery for the ages. Some games the dynamic center looks like an All-American dominating on both sides of the floor. The last two game he has been battling foul trouble and big physical players able to throw him around. Against A&M look for WCS to bounce back with a big game we had grown accustomed to seeing during non-conference play.

4. Revenge

In Cal’s five years as head coach of the Wildcats he has dropped just one SEC game at home. To win that game TAMU had to get 40 points from Elston Turner and play the worst Kentucky team Cal has ever rolled out. Tuesday night Turner won’t be walking through that door and it’s time to restore some order to the floor of Rupp Arena. The next stop on the revenge tour is dialed in. Now all we need is the beat down.

What will you be looking for out of the Cats when the Aggies come to town?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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10 Comments for 4 To Watch For Against TAMU

  1. Kyle
    2:55 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    WCS will put up big numbers against lower level opponents. He struggles against mid to high tier teams. Offensively not a threat. We’ve compared him to Austin at Baykor but Austin can shoot, and he has only one eye. Defensively WCS is too often out of position and against below average teams can usually make it up and still get a block. But I’m conference that won’t continue to happen. Dakari has been improving each game and come tourney time might be the more viable option to take the majority of minutes.

    • Real Cracka
      3:51 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Dakari is already the more viable option in my opinion.

  2. Kyle
    2:58 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    “Baylor” “in”

  3. 2mites
    3:02 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Another slow start as that is the trademark of this team and Cats only up by 3 at the half. Second half Cats slowly pull away and win 82-68

  4. @William_Titan
    3:36 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

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    • Real Cracka
      4:07 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink


  6. bung
    3:59 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    assists (we rank 210th in D-1)… turnovers…fast break points…free throws

  7. Real Cracka
    4:06 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    WCS disappearing isn’t a mystery. It directly correlates with who he is playing against. Dakari can’t jump but he uses his size much better. WCS got pumped faked to death yesterday. He’d leave his feet then they’d go right by him. Plus he gets pushed around easy. And like someone commented yesterday, he doesn’t grab rebounds with both hands. He tries to grab it with one and pull it in and it often gets knocked out. Dakari sets better picks, is a better passer, can post and score, and is just as good a defender because he uses his body instead of constantly leaving his feet.

  8. The Real Fake Linda
    4:45 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Why is that Texas A&M player smelling his finger and smiling? Didn’t he just adjust his jock strap with that same finger a couple of minutes earlier?