UK can win many more with staunch defense

David Schuh
Basketball columnist

The Broncos entered the game not only undefeated, but boasting the nation’s highest-scoring offense at 91.9 points per game. They play fast and shoot the ball well. Yet the Cats held Boise State to 55 points, a 40 percent dip from the Broncos’ average.

Willie Cauley-Stein's blocking prowess stands out

UK forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) blocks Eastern Michigan guard Darell Combs (25) during the second half of the University of Kentucky men's basketball game vs. Eastern Michigan at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Kentucky defeated Eastern Michigan 81-63. Photo by Adam Pennavaria | Staff

The 7-foot forward from Olathe, Kan., followed a four-block effort against Cleveland State University on Nov. 25 with seven blocks against Eastern Michigan University two days later. Last Sunday against Providence College, Cauley-Stein blocked nine more shots, which tied Andre Riddick and Sam Bowie for second in UK history on the single-game blocks list.