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CBS Sports lists Kentucky as a “Saturday winner”

Photo by UK Athletics

 

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

CBS Sports released their college basketball Saturday winners and losers post earlier this weekend. Among the winners of the day is Kentucky’s improved defense, and among the losers are the Duke Blue Devils. Is there anything better in the world than an article that lists the Wildcats as winners and the Blue Devils as losers?

Coming off three loses in the past five games, the young Wildcats were reeling on both sides of the ball, but most notably on defense. We heard all sorts of things about the practices following the LSU game, including a new rule of “If you don’t play defense or rebound, then you’re sitting on the bench” from Coach Cal. This was mostly geared towards Malik Monk, but he’s not the only problem on defense at all.

Take a look at what Kyle Boone of CBS Sports had to say about Kentucky’s defensive effort against Alabama.

Winner: Kentucky’s defensive improvement

Ahead of Saturday’s game against Alabama, the Wildcats had lost three of five, allowing an average of 82.6 points during that stretch. The blatant defensive slide forced head coach John Calipari to call a 3-hour practice that consisted of 90 percent defense on Wednesday — and it appears improvements have been made.

Kentucky held the Crimson Tide to 20 points in the first 20 minutes and limited them to 21.4 percent shooting from the 3-point line. That’s .795 points per possession — a vast improvement from where this team has been recently.

While Kentucky’s play against Alabama might’ve not been perfect, you can’t deny that the improvement was definitely there. I would say the resilience to hold off Alabama’s run down the stretch is something most noticeable to me.

If you want to read the whole article on winners and losers of Saturday’s games, you can view it here.

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Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

3 Comments for CBS Sports lists Kentucky as a “Saturday winner”



  1. UK Big Bored Update
    6:16 am February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Grayson Allen’s next meltdown will ensue once the Refs call the ‘push’. He occasionally trips; he always pushes off to create space when not left open for the trey….or on a drive to the goal. If he got called for the push, he’d be on the bench until the final minutes; dook is a differen’t team.



  2. BigBlue5
    9:28 am February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Bama is 13th in Sec scoring, let’s hold our horses..



  3. truebluethroughandthrough
    11:26 am February 13, 2017 Permalink

    yeah…. Monk had 1 whole rebound all to himself……. Great improvement. I’d say lets chill until we see some real facts of some sort.