Kentucky Basketball: Cats unleash the beast while Collins finds his wings

Daimion Collins of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Daimion Collins of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Kentucky offense getting going, but the defense is still work in progress

The Wildcat offense looks to have gotten into gear, but the Calipari needs to hang a work in progress sign on his defense.

Robert Morris had the sharpshooters who could knock down the three-pointer and Kentucky’s defense left them alone time and time again for wide-open looks. Thankfully for the Cats they only canned 7 of 22 long-range shots.

When Kentucky can swarm with defenders they are smothering, but they need to box out better to go with leaving opposing shooters to fire point-blank at the rim.

They also need to have multiple rim protectors to help Tshiebwe out. When he takes a breather on the bench the rebounding and intensity meter drop significantly.

The defense forced 14 turnovers that picked the Colonials pockets with 7 steals, but this isn’t going to happen game after game. Fix this area and they will be running smoothly and efficiently.

Kentucky will be back for the second of seven straight home games on Tuesday night when they host Mount St. Mary’s with tip set for 7 pm EST on the  SEC Network.

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