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How Kentucky Can Contain Colin Sexton

Marvin Gentry | USA Today

Collin Sexton is the best player Kentucky will face all year.  Period.

Considered the second-best point guard prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft, Sexton is a physical force with the ball in his hands.  He scores 18.3 points per game in a variety of ways.  He will make 34.1 percent of his three-pointers, then go dunk on your face (his McDonald’s AA Game dunk contest victory is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen in person).

Slowing down Sexton will not be easy.  Here are Kentucky’s options:

Hamidou Diallo

Diallo is undoubtedly Kentucky’s best perimeter defender.  He has length that bothers opponents and can match Sexton’s physicality.  However, there are a few problems you could run into by starting Diallo on Sexton.

Diallo is in the middle of a mind-numbing slump.  Against Auburn he picked up two quick fouls guarding Auburn’s Bryce Brown, which forced Diallo to the bench.  When he re-entered the game, he was not the same.  Starting Diallo on Sexton could just dig Diallo into a deeper hole.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The most-likely option isn’t a bad one, but it isn’t that great either.  Shai just doesn’t have the physicality to match Sexton’s aggressiveness.  Quade Green has the physicality and attitude to go toe-to-toe with Sexton, but he also struggles to defend stationary chairs.

The 1-3-1

John Calipari unveiled a new zone defense against Auburn, and the Tigers didn’t know what the hell to do.  Today the Cats won’t have the benefit of surprise, but it might be their best alternative.  The 1-3-1 takes away the quick three-pointer from the wing that John Petty loves.  The catch: UK’s middle man must be quick to help when Alabama inevitably uses a ball screen to free Sexton.


The truth of the matter is Kentucky doesn’t have any great option to beat Sexton.  He’s going to get his.  What Kentucky must do is force everybody else to beat them.  The Cats can’t let Petty get hot from three (he hit seven in a win vs. Auburn).  Kentucky must cool down Donta Hall, the forward who has 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the last two games.

Kentucky probably can’t contain Sexton, but they can still win if they can shut down Sexton’s teammates.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for How Kentucky Can Contain Colin Sexton

  1. Powell43
    1:35 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Nick, on offense, but you are a stooge. Diallo is the worst defensive player on the team. Have you even watched the team play this year?

    • Bill Selfs Hair Piece
      2:06 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Diallo is excellent defensively, he struggles on offense and lacks overall IQ for the game.

  2. FACTS
    2:37 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Shai is our best perimeter defender. Your so dumb

  3. Rabbi Li
    3:02 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    You said, “Diallo is undoubtedly Kentucky’s best perimeter defender.”


  4. Rabbi Li
    3:04 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Just about every 3 pointer that the other team makes is because it was Diallo’s defender and he cheats the passing lanes instead of simply staying in front of his man.

    If you just want to mail in articles to meet deadlines at least not make definitive statements that make you look like someone who isn’t watching the games.

  5. Powell43
    4:31 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Nick, I was rereading your article. Literally your piece might have been the worst piece of analysis I have read on here in ages and that is saying a lot.1-3-1? Have you seen us try to play zone this year? Do you even know what a zone is? If you do, tell our players because they have no idea. We went zone a couple of times today and it was an absolute disaster. Really awful writing.