Kentucky Took First Notable Win of the Season in Bluegrass Battle

By Greg Douglas
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball season is now well under way, but several high ranking teams are still looking to add a credible win to the resume. The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Louisville Cardinals Saturday and earned the first noteworthy victory of the season and showcased the team’s enormous talent. The Wildcats have the raw talent of a championship contender, but does the freshman laden team have what it takes to win it all?

Freshman guard James Young led the Wildcats to a 73-66 win over the Cardinals. Young put up 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had four assists in the contest. Young played his most complete game of the season while Wildcats’ star Julius Randle was sidelined with cramps in the second half. Kentucky has been known for its offensive production under head coach John Calipari, but it was the Wildcats’ defense that lifted the team to a win. Kentucky contained Louisville’s top scoring threat Russ Smith throughout the game and held the dynamic shooter scoreless in the final eight minutes of the game.

Kentucky has had a return to prominence in recent years under Calipari, but can the Wildcats collect another championship under the system in place? Kentucky has become known for the school that produces the most one-and-done athletes which makes Lexington an alluring destination for the top level high school players, but is having the best of the best necessarily a good thing?

Kentucky is rich in talent but poor in other key phases of the game. The Wildcats show glaring weaknesses in fundamentals and chemistry due to the inexperience at this level, and that will be detrimental to Kentucky’s success in the long run. Kentucky has a championship pedigree and are talent driven, but a lack of the basics could cause an early round exit for the Wildcats in the NCAA tournament.

Greg Douglas is a NCAA Basketball writer for Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.

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