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Catching up on WCS's blocks after Baylor

Willie Cauley-Stein had three blocks in UK’s 67-62 loss to No. 20 Baylor at AT&T Stadium on Friday, and such a performance warrants an update to the blocks chart. He’s now at 34 blocks for the season, an average of about 3.8 blocks per game. Through nine games, he’s still ahead of where Nerlens Noel was last season.

Kentucky’s next game is Tuesday at home against Boise State. The Broncos are undefeated, and they rank No. 60 in KenPom.com’s rankings through play Sunday, and it might not be a great game for Cauley-Stein to up his block total much. Boise State is 16th in the country with a 5.3 team block percentage on offense; simply, 5.3 percent of their 2-point field-goal attempts are blocked. For comparison, UK’s offense is 25th with a 6.0 block percentage. With Boise State, take schedule into consideration. Two of their eight opponents were non-Division I, and only two of the six D-I opponents were in the top 200 (No. 86 Utah and No. 185 Seattle). Also, only one of their regular players is over 6-7: 6-foot-9 forward Ryan Watkins.

This early in the season, these numbers mean little. But they mean something, at least they probably do, and we have them right here, so here they are. Click to embiggen.

1209 blocks

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