The Kentucky basketball teams of the early 1980's were dominated by a pair of post players who defined an era of Wildcats and reached the Final Four. This pair was Sam Bowie and Melvin Turper, and these two giant seven-footers were affectionately known as the "Twin Towers."
By utilizing their length and defensive prowess, Joe B. Hall's squad was a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. This is the same effect that this year's team hopes to emulate with Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein.
The two centers are young and inexperienced, but they hold the key to Kentucky's success in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The two post players have played a lot of minutes together and are becoming more comfortable in the paint with each passing game.
Once the new Twin Towers figure out their games, then the rest of the nation better be on the lookout. Noel is actually playing wonderfully and is averaging 11.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.1 blocks and 2.9 steals per game this year!
That statline is flat out fantastic and really shows Noel's hustle and effort. He plays all over the court and seems to have a knack for being around the ball.
As for Cauley-Stein, he is actually a better runner down the court and is used more in guarding perimeter players than the paint. This is mainly because Nerlens excels in the paint, but Willie is not bad in that department either.
He is averaging 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and is shooting .571 percent from the field. He is doing so while playing bench minutes against a tough early non-conference schedule.
Willie's last game saw him record a double-double by scoring 12 points and hauling in 12 rebounds. Kentucky fans are hoping that it is a sign of things to come.
If it is, then this formidable duo will truly be unstoppable come tournament time. Outside of a few teams ranked at the top, which other team can match the size, athleticism and agility of Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein?
The short answer is none, and with another 20 games under their belt this front court pairing will be playing beautifully come in March. They will be a nightmare for teams to face.