Kentucky Basketball: Young Cats Still Have More to Prove

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Kentucky Basketball: Young Cats Still Have More to Prove
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Kentucky just beat North Carolina in the most exciting 40 minutes of basketball this season. Anthony Davis sealed the deal with a block on 6'11'' John Henson in the final seconds of the game.

How else would you expect Kentucky to win? Their defense has been exceptional thus far, and the length of Davis and Terrence Jones inside give opponents no easy shots. Kentucky recorded a season-low seven blocks in this top-five duel, but the seventh was a game-changer.

The Wildcats were paced by Terrence Jones' 14 points in the first half, along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dominating the offensive glass. The Wildcats had 11 offensive rebounds at halftime compared to six for the Tar Heels, and that statistic kept Kentucky in the game.

However, once again, Kentucky did not put together a full game of basketball. In the first half, Kentucky struggled to get open looks, and when they were available, simply missed. Lapses on defense were seen by multiple easy fast break opportunities for North Carolina, even though this was no doubt talked about in John Calipari's game plan.

While they proved that they can beat a very good opponent, Kentucky still has room for improvement.

Here are the five facets of the young Wildcats' game that they have yet to prove:

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