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Cauley-Stein blocks update: One behind Davis through 11 games


Willie Cauley-Stein had five blocks Saturday in UK’s 82-77 loss to North Carolina, bringing his season total to 48 blocks through 11 games. That puts him one behind Anthony Davis’ pace through 11 games and quite a few ahead of Nerlens Noel.

How might Cauley-Stein fare in Kentucky’s next game Saturday against Belmont? The Bruins’ offensive block percentage is 9.1—that means 9.1 percent of their 2-point field goal attempts get blocked. The thing is, 41.4 percent of the Bruins’ field-goal attempts are threes. They average 32.8 2-point attempts per game, and on average, opposing teams get 2.8 blocks per game against Belmont.

So if Cauley-Stein wants to keep pace with Davis on Saturday, one of two things will have to happen: Belmont will have to change its game and shoot an inordinate amount of shots in the paint (which it almost certainly wouldn’t do because of Kentucky’s personnel, Cauley-Stein included), or Cauley-Stein will have to change his game and block some shots on the perimeter for the first time this season.

The updated blocks chart is below. Click to embiggen.

1216 blocks


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