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The Cats continue to perform well on the defensive end

Nick Richards Greg Goins - Sea of Blue

The old saying is that defense wins championships.

Hopefully that comes to fruition this year as Kentucky continues to be one of the better defensive teams in the country, ranking 12th nationally in effective field goal percentage defense.

(In case you aren’t familiar with effective field goal percentage, you can learn more here.)

And after last night’s performance in a victory against the Florida Gators, the Wildcats have now had 16 consecutive games in which they have held their opponent below their season average in effective field goal percentage.

Defense has been a major part of Kentucky’s six-game winning streak, as the Cats have been able to defend well on the perimeter and the interior. Having returning players such as Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, and EJ Montgomery has certainly been beneficial as freshmen often take longer to adjust on the defensive end.

If Kentucky wants to make a run in March, they’ll have to keep up their play on the defensive end, especially because this team is prone to having an off shooting night.

John Calipari’s best teams have been very strong on the defensive end. Maybe this team can join those ranks.

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It still doesn’t seem real that John Wall was at Kentucky 10 years ago.

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Maxey and Quickly were able to put the game away with free throws at the end.

Calipari says he needs to figure out inbounds problem - KSR

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