How good can the Wildcats be?

Calipari: "Just make easy plays. Don't try to make hero plays. Don't try to throw look-away passes if you don't have to. Throw it to the guy where he can handle it and make a basket. They are trying, I think that our team is getting better and I think that individual players are getting better. They only way that your team can get better is if individual players get better."

With the Kentucky Wildcats standing at 14-0, which is a better record than anyone could have anticipated heading to 2010, you just have to shake your head and wonder, "just how good can this team be by March?"

The team that ESPN's Jimmy Dykes says missed 45 threes in a row the first time he saw them practice has now made 42% of its threes on the season.

How does Calipari explain this?

Calipari explained, "It is what I told you guys from the beginning, the way that we play and the way we drive makes the 3-pointers like a turkey shoot. They are wide open. There are games that we miss them, but they are nowhere near them. The guy is shooting it without a hand in his face. We have some good shooters that can make those wide open threes. But there are games that we miss them. We were 6-for-19 the last game. It is nice that when you come in and say, "We are going to give them 3-point shots,' ala North Carolina or whoever, it is dangerous. If we are making them, we are going to blow you out of the gym. Now, you play and spread the court a little more and give us more room to get inside and post that ball gives us more of a chance to do either."

Against Hartford and playing without its best three point marksman Eric Bledsoe, who has hit 50% of his attempts on the season, the Wildcats shot 50% from behind the arc as a team.

Kentucky's bookend 6-7 wings, Darnell Dodson and Darius Miller, combined to hit ten of their sixteen attempts from behind the arc. The two are hitting 43% and 44% respectively from long range on the season.

DeMarcus Cousins has shown to take coaching very well, and is trying to play less like a 6-5 guard and more like the 6-11 strongman he is in the post, now regularly putting up double-doubles and scoring at a very high rate per minute played.

Perhaps the weakest area of this team's game is defense. Thus, making it one of the biggest areas for potential improvement.

After the Hartford game Calipari said, "I thought that Miller and Dodson, offensively with Darius in the second half and Darnell in the first half, played well. They are still not defending the way that they have to defend. They are just not. It is scary. If you are playing a big-time game and they keep breaking down, you can't score enough to beat the other team."

Both Miller and Dodson have the physical tools to become solid defenders, especially with a couple of teammates breathing down their back waiting to get playing time. DeAndre Liggins and Ramon Harris.

Calipari commented on the four wings. The Kentucky coach said, "I thought that Ramon and DeAndre played pretty well. I think that they are better, and Darnell and Darius are better."

In order to reach its full potential Kentucky will need Daniel Orton or Perry Stevenson to become a third consistent post scorer. Of the two Orton is the most likely candidate. Orton feels comfortable in the post, and has good hands and good skills passing the ball from the post.

One reason why this team is likely to reach its potential is that Coach Calipari is getting the team to buy into the system.

Nothing exemplifies this better than the team's play on the floor.

After defeating Hartford Calipari spoke of his team playing together.

"We had 30 assists," said Calipari. "We shoot the ball well, but we had 30 assists. The reason we shoot such a high percentage is because we had so many easy plays. My thing is to get on the guys to just make easy plays. Don't try to make hero plays. Don't try to throw look-away passes if you don't have to. Throw it to the guy where he can handle it and make a basket. They are trying, I think that our team is getting better and I think that individual players are getting better. They only way that your team can get better is if individual players get better."


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