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Jul 8, 2014 8:33 PM

ESPN Writer Ranks Basketball Defenses For 2014-15

ESPN Writer Dana O'Neil has listed the Wildcats under "teams that might struggle" when it comes to defense.

The list breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of each team.

It highlights the depth Calipari has in the frontcourt, saying it's so deep, he could field a B team.

The point that O'Neil said UK struggles with is opponents' shooting behind the arc.

Check out what was said about the Wildcats below:

"Kentucky -- It will take some digging to find a real weakness on this loaded Wildcats team, but since the sky is the limit and the expectations are somehow even higher, it's fair to look for a potential stumbling block.

And for Kentucky, it will be defense, specifically perimeter defense.

The Wildcats were vulnerable there last season, allowing opponents to connect on 32 percent of attempts beyond the arc. The Harrison twins struggled to stretch themselves, so coach John Calipari will need big improvement from them this season.

Kentucky has enough frontcourt players to field a B team of rim protectors, but how the Cats' backcourt defends will go a long way toward determining just how successful this team will be."

Florida joins UK on the struggle list, while in-state rival Louisville is listed as a "team to watch."

To check out the article, click here.


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