5 players Kentucky doesn’t want to see in the SEC Tournament

Kentucky is one of the most talented teams heading into March, but John Calipari's group is far from infallible. These five players in the conference can exploit the Wildcats issues in the SEC Tournament in Nashville.

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. 1. G. Dalton Knecht. Dalton Knecht. player. Dalton Knecht. 534. . Senior

Nobody in the entire country wants to see Dalton Knecht right now. If you had to create a team of college basketball players to win one game to save the Earth, space jam style, Knecht would be the easy first selection. 

At 6-foot-6, he’s a ludicrously efficient scorer, averaging 20.6 points on 14.6 field goal attempts a game and hitting over 40% of his 5.7 three-point attempts a game.  The Northern Colorado transfer also isn't afraid of a big game, like the one coming up on Saturday when Kentucky and Tennessee will close out the regular season in Knoxville. 

Last week, Tennessee was trailing Auburn in a must-win game, and from the 12-minute mark in the second half, Knecht outscored the Tigers 25-21 himself. It was a masterful 39-point performance. 

The last time Knecht faced Kentucky, Adou Thiero and Justin Edwards did an excellent job against him, holding the SEC’s second-leading scorer to 16 points on 14 shots, but the constant attention he received pulled two of Kentucky’s best defenders away from the rim and allowed Tennessee to score 102 points in the Volunteers’ win.

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