Kentucky Basketball: 5 Wildcats Who Need to Step Up

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Kentucky Basketball: 5 Wildcats Who Need to Step Up
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For the No. 1 team in the nation, the Kentucky Wildcats have plenty of questions to answer. Most revolve around the consistency of the team.

Can they put together 40 minutes of quality basketball in their biggest games of the year?

There's no doubt that Kentucky's issues reside on the offensive side of the ball. Its defense is one of the best in the nation, blocking more shots than anyone (thanks, Anthony Davis) and has allowed over 70 points only three times all year. 

Offensively, Kentucky defines inconsistent.

In the first half against Georgia, for example, Kentucky looked very good, scoring 38 points with the help of Darius Miller's hot shooting. In the second half, Kentucky scored 19 points. 

Fortunately, Kentucky was playing Georgia that night and pulled out a win.

If the Wildcats were to score 19 points in a half at Vanderbilt on Feb. 11, chances are they will lose the game. John Calipari needs to tighten up the Kentucky offense to prevent lapses like the one at Georgia.

Here are the five Wildcats who need to step up to avoid these stretches of inconsistency. 

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