Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Spor
Kentucky has looked like a dominant team defensively so far this season as it has held its opponents to an average of 64 points per game.
Outside of a bad half against Michigan State, Kentucky has commonly forced turnovers that have ignited its offense at the other end.
Through its first five games, Kentucky is averaging six steals per game, right on par with the previous Wildcat teams coached by John Calipari, including the 2011-12 team that won a national title.
While Calipari often gets praised for his dribble-drive motion offense, it is his defense that has made him one of the better coaches in America. By knowing when to apply a full-court press or a trap in the half court, he uses his athleticism to help build national title contenders.
Things haven't been much different this season as Kentucky is starting to learn how to play defense with the new rule changes in college basketball. Expect this team to get better defensively as the season goes on.