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Post-Boise State blocks update: Are nine blocks good?


To answer my own question, yes: Nine blocks are good. Willie Cauley-Stein had nine blocks Tuesday against Boise State, just like he had nine blocks two games ago against Providence, and he’s now one block behind Anthony Davis’ pace through 10 games. So, again, yes: Nine blocks are good.

His block percentage spiked because of it, too. He had nine blocks in 25 minutes, and his block percentage went from 13.2 to 14.8 in one night. So, again still, yes: Nine blocks are good.

In Kentucky’s next outing, Cauley-Stein would need six to tie Davis’ pace through 11 games. That next outing is Saturday at North Carolina, and not many have fared well blocking shots against the Tar Heels this season. Michigan State had seven blocks (UNC won that game), and Richmond had six, and no other team has had more than four against North Carolina. Their 5.5 team block percentage—percent of two-point attempts blocked—is 16th-best in Division I.

Here’s the updated game-by-game running data comparing Cauley-Stein, Davis and Nerlens Noel. Click to embiggen.

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