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Watch: Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein pins dunk attempt against backboard

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Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein delivered one of the more impressive shot blocks of the season on Saturday against Arkansas.

Early in the first half, Razorbacks guard Michael Qualls dribbled the ball on the break and neared the free throw line. Kentucky forward Trey Lyles stepped out to guard Qualls, who threw a pass to Alandise Harris near the right block.

Harris appeared to have a clear path to the basket, but as he rose to try to flush the ball home, Cauley-Stein quickly recovered toward the baseline, targeted the ball with his right arm and pinned it against the backboard.

The ball fell toward the floor, and Harris accidentally tipped it out of bounds, giving Kentucky possession. After the play, Cauley-Stein stood over Harris and glared in his direction as the Rupp Arena crowd celebrated the ridiculous swat.


As detailed in a recent Sports Illustrated feature by Luke Winn, Cauley-Stein is one of the most versatile defenders in the country and is adept at both creating turnovers and protecting the rim.

After hosting Arkansas on Saturday, the No. 1 Wildcats face games at Georgia and against Florida to close the regular season.

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