Maybe I shouldn’t have called it that. “Always been here” game? Better, LL?
Relieved to see Willie Cauley-Stein performing as well as we know he can? So is Myron Medcalf of ESPN, who took note of his “re-breakout” game:
Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky) — The sophomore hasn’t been a consistent offensive threat, but his defensive presence is undeniable. He only scored eight points in No. 14 Kentucky’s 79-54 win over Georgia. But he also recorded six steals, six blocks and altered multiple shots. He’s such a vital player for that young Kentucky team.
WCS didn’t wow anybody offensively, although his 8 points included 2-2 free throws, which is a relief to all of us. Not to mention, 8 points is his season average. So not great, but not disappointing, either. Rather, his resurgence occurred on the defensive end of the floor, where his bread has been buttered for the last two seasons.
He also told CoachCal.com that he “feels like [his] normal self” again, as he was “flying around, contesting shots, and running the floor.” Although WCS encourages the good play by Dakari Johnson, it’s better to have both of them playing well to provide solid depth in the frontcourt.
So is Willie “back?” Can we expect that solid defensive presence on the road through the next few weeks? Hopefully so.