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Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: What's going on?

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Tuesday against Arkansas, and the drought is on. He has four blocks in three SEC games, and even though it wasn’t likely he’d get a ton against a three-happy Razorbacks team (even though they only took 11 out of 45 total attempts Tuesday), it’s still troublesome that at the end of regulation, Cauley-Stein had a one-on-one against 6-6 Alandise Harris,...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: The blocks are drying up

Willie Cauley-Stein had one block Saturday against Vanderbilt. It wasn’t a season low; he had no blocks in the second game of the season against Northern Kentucky. Still, the last four games have tied a season-low drought of blocked shots for the Wildcats’ center. He has eight blocks in Kentucky’s last four games. Combine any four consecutive games in UK’s first 15 games, and...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: Post-Mississippi State/pre-Vanderbilt

Willie Cauley-Stein had two blocks Wednesday night against Mississippi State, a subpar night that has set him back a bit off Anthony Davis’ pace. We all knew the pace was insane, because the end result was insane, but here we are. Cauley-Stein now has 55 blocks through 14 games to Davis’ 64 (and to Nerlens Noel’s 49). Cauley-Stein’s block percentage has fallen over the past...

Willie Cauley-Stein keeping blocks pace
with Anthony Davis through 13 team games

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. [widgets_on_pages...

Willie Cauley-Stein keeping blocks pace with Anthony Davis through 13 team games

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. [widgets_on_pages...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: Post-Louisville

Willie Cauley-Stein blocked three shots Saturday in UK’s 73-66 win over Louisville, upping his total as a sophomore to 53 blocks through 13 games. That completes Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, and heading into SEC play, he’s keeping a reasonable pace with Anthony Davis’ school blocks record through 13 games. Davis had 58 through 13, and Nerlens Noel had 46. Closer to keep...

Willie Cauley-Stein blocks update: Post-Belmont, pre-Louisville

So here we are, 12 games in. Willie Cauley-Stein has 50 blocks, which is a lot of blocks. Depending on which way you like to look at it, he’s either: Better than Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel, Better than Noel, but not better than Davis, or The worst of the three Going strictly by blocks per game, he’s behind the three. His current per-game average is 4.16, behind Noel’s 4.41 and...

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...

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...

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....

More on WCS vs. Noel vs. Davis

Today, I wrote this on stacking up Willie Cauley-Stein, at least in terms of blocking shots, to Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel. It’s not too long, so just go read it instead of forcing me to summarize it here. I wrote the piece using game-by-game data from Cauley-Stein’s current season, comparing it to Noel’s season in 2012-13 and Davis’ season the year before that. Here’s...