SEC Basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein Leads Kentucky Wildcats Over Ole Miss Rebels

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When most people think of the Kentucky Wildcats, they think of the team’s fantastic freshmen like Aaron Harrison, James Young, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and Julius Randle. The players who often get overlooked are Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein. The latter had an 11-rebound, 18-point double-double as he led the Wildcats to victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. Rebels star shooter Marshall Henderson scored just 16 points as Kentucky defeated Ole Miss 80-64.

Once again, the Wildcats had a player step up when it mattered. If you look at their game a few weeks ago against the Tennessee Volunteers, on paper, Kentucky lost that game. However, due to a 26-point performance from Harrison, they scraped out a win. Against the Missouri Tigers, his brother Aaron Harrison had a 21-point performance that sealed the close win for the Wildcats. The same thing happened with Cauley-Stein and the Rebels in this game, although the game wasn’t as close as the other two.

If the Wildcats can continue to have players step it up in close games and put it on themselves to do as much as they can to pull off the win, then Kentucky is the most dangerous team in college basketball. The Wildcats aren’t the powerhouse team that we thought they were to begin the season, but they are the most talented team in college basketball. The more they win against tough opponents, the more their confidence builds. Big Blue Nation has been ready; the rest of the nation needs to be as well.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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