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Willie Cauley-Stein working hard to get back on track

(Darrell Bird | The CatsPause)

Willie Cauley-Stein has been less than thrilling in his last three performances as a Wildcat and many fans have been worried he has retreated to being stuck in his old ways. There are many theories of why his performance has decreased since shooting 7-of-9 from the floor against Vanderbilt.

My favorite two theories include: It’s because he isn’t wearing his headband anymore or it’s because he dyed his hair back. BTW, Willie’s hair is proof the fans will never be please with moves made by the players since half the fans complained when he dyed his hair, and even more complained with he returned it to his natural color.

Anyways. Since playing Vanderbilt, WCS has barely made an impact in favor of the Cats. Against Arkansas, he played for 18 minutes and only shot for two field goals (one of two he made). Against Tennessee he played for 19 minutes and missed all five of his field goals. Finally, Tuesday against Texas A&M Willie only played for 9 minutes after going 0-2 from the floor and missing 3-of-4 free throws.

Cal thinks Willie knows what he needs to do to get his game back on track, and yes, part of it is getting rid of the clutter. Willie has been getting extra time in at the gym and working hard to prove to everyone he still has game. Cal talked about seeing that change in practice.

“He was outstanding yesterday. It was good to see him back to instead of avoiding everything to creating to doing the stuff we all see him do,” he said. “You go down that road and start thinking the wrong way. This game is more mental than physical and everything else. And for him he got away from what he was doing to set himself apart.”

While Willie might be on the right track, Cal talked about why it’s important he stays on that track even if he feels defeated.

“It’s like a diet. You do right for five days but doesn’t mean you’re going to lose 72 pounds, you might even gain weight, but you’re doing the right stuff so you stay with it and you know it’s going to work.”

Of course Cal had some good advice to give Willie and Cal’s words of wisdom are words every Kentucky fan should live by.

“(I said) Willie when you have it going good, you better keep riding the stuff you’re doing well. If you embrace the wrong stuff you start sliding the other way and that’s a hard slide.”

Sidenote: Apparently Willie had a nasty spill. Hopefully this won’t be a setback as he tries to better his play on the court. Cal told media he still expects him to play tomorrow.

“He banged his head in the last play and I haven’t seen him yet. He should be fine tomorrow.”


Article written by Courtney Hessler

Ashley Judd is my spirit animal. Follow me on twitter at: @Hessler_KSR

25 Comments for Willie Cauley-Stein working hard to get back on track

  1. Isaac in Louisville
    6:18 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    In the third paragraph, did you mean “free throws”?

    Sidenote: if KSR needs a proofreader, pro-bono, I’d be happy to oblige.

    • Real Cracka
      12:56 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

      Then he’s even sadder than I thought.

    • Real Cracka
      12:57 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry wrong post to reply to.

  2. Cal Says
    6:25 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Smirking ain’t working.

  3. Concerned
    6:31 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Willie and his GF broke up, which is why he’s been playing so poorly. The neck tattoo is to cover her name, which was once on his neck.

  4. GodNotGovernment
    6:42 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue nation, today is a tragic day. Once again the Fed has overstepped its bounds and has decided to commit genocide in the case of Marlise Munoz and her unborn child in Texas, all to satisfy the increasing bloodlust the leftists in this country hold for those who can’t defend themselves. Read more about this injustice on WND, and tell your Senators that you will not stand for this unabashed stamping upon states rights.

    • Moe Moleman
      6:45 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink


    • Serious Question
      6:59 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

      Can you really “commit genocide” upon a brain-dead woman and a non-viable fetus?

    • Rei
      7:08 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

      Stupid post.

    • Jc
      10:11 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure the federal reserve didn’t have any impact on this case. That is what the fed is short for. I may agree with your stand but most come to ksr for uk sports info and maybe a good laugh. Don’t ruin that for us.

    • Real Cracka
      12:59 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

      A better name for you would be “Godnotingovernment” as you pretend to be a defender of the Constitution.

  5. TruthBeTold
    6:54 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    GNG, many people in this country are content to quietly surrender freedoms for what they consider justice. They believe the govt has their best interests in mind. They have no idea what they are tacitly permitting, or in some cases, just don’t care.

    • Hans Moleman
      6:55 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink


    • Real Cracka
      1:09 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

      And all of them are quitely enjoying everything that comes with government and have no idea absolute freedom isn’t possible. They believe the roads just magically appeared there and all the unbelievable luxuries they enjoy just magically maintain themselves. They’re stupid kids that think someday soon they are going to be millionaires just like they see on TV and have no idea they aren’t even gonna get close. They think corporation would voluntarily pay them well and provide them benefits. They are naive imbeciles and luckily most will outgrow it.

  6. Hans Moleman
    6:55 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink


  7. stupid sexy flanders
    6:57 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    “only shot for two field goals (one of two he made)” What does this mean?

  8. Another Serious Question
    7:00 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Is it just me, or is there more political crap being thrown around these comment sections of late?

  9. Al/in/Indy
    7:18 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Everyone has an agenda, his is with that young lady in Texas… me that’s ok (his agenda). Lets be thankful it isn’t about that Beber kid.

  10. Ankle Grabber
    8:49 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    He finally came out of the closet and told his gf the news. Anyone with a haircut like that takes it up the pooper.

  11. I can't believe...
    9:03 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    I can’t believe KSR allows such vulgar comments about our players. Sickening.

  12. Issel's two front teeth
    10:44 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Play Willie against floor runners, and Johnson against bangers!

  13. Real Cracka
    1:01 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    He’ll excel against weak, small teams and struggle against anything else. He’s soft and doesn’t care about basketball. And if this is all over a girl he is even more pathetic than I thought.

  14. ==== PIX2CLICK ====
    1:32 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    ==== Willye Callhim Frank-n-Stein …………. C L O W N ……….. His girlfriend is a guy ….. pretty sure ………..

    I mean just [email protected]@K @ him …….. his best friend is a mirror (still) ………….

    The strong big men he’s faced, …………. have ALL beaten him up ….. Dakari has busted him daily in practice ………….. he’d be GREAT at KANSAS ………….

    See ya’ …………. pro career now rumored to be 46th round pick for the Turkministan Camelbacks !

    Please hurry up and get out of our way clown, Karl and Dakari have REAL careers ahead of ’em !!!!

    Addidas !


  15. Orange Julius
    8:47 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    Wow, some of you need to be “Touched by an Angel”.

  16. Mr. Le Grande Wizard
    10:59 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    One of my soldiers has informed me that Willeeeeeeee Hymen-Stein is slated to transfer from UK to the well respected Shaniqua’s Cosmetology School for the Unable next semester ala the transfer route !

    Willeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee wuz unvailable to commense on the azzertiion, but somebuddy sed HE LIKE HARE !

    He’s been mentioned as a co-star in a new rap song with Psy and Trace Adkins called “Have Brush, Will Travel !”