Kentucky Basketball: Will it be Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde who steps on the court?

Kentucky guard Davion MintzCredit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
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Kentucky’s Olivier Sarr blocks a shot. /

Olivier Sarr must be a difference-maker

One player who got dominated and exploited by Alamaba the first time was  Sarr. Then against LSU, he was quiet only on the floor for 13 minutes.

Sarr needs to stand tall and take up space in the paint, rebound as Calipari wants and be a solid double-double contributor averaging between 12 and 15 points per game. Teams like to backdoor, screen, and run layups at Kentucky, especially Alabama.  The Tide will take their shots outside but Sarr needs to be there to clean up the misses.

"“I mean, I think he’s trying to show me that I need to be more involved defensively, take more responsibility for the team, being more aggressive, getting to the free-throw line, and just finding a way to be productive so they can rely on me. Every other game, every game, you know, be more consistent because we need that, we need that core. We’re really good on defense and I think our offense can really improve, and that’s part of it.”"

Sarr is dropping in 10.4 points and 6 rebounds a game for the Wildcats. He also leads the team in fouls with 45 this season. He must stay out of foul trouble for this team to be successful.