It's time to quit looking at all the shortcomings Tubby Smith's team has and start focusing on one thing - the Wildcats just keep winning.
Maybe they make too many turnovers. Maybe they don't always shoot well from the field. Maybe they get tired. Maybe there is not enough depth. Maybe the rebounding is suspect at times. Maybe the team lets way too many leads slip away.
But Kentucky just wins.
Smith said his team was "lucky" to beat Mississippi State 67-66 Tuesday in its first Southeastern Conference road game. While he was right that Kentucky did get a break that allowed Erik Daniels to score the game-winning layup, there was nothing lucky about why UK won.
Defense is a big reason why the Wildcats are now 11-1 and have gone 4-1 against ranked opponents this year.
Mississippi State shot 46.2 percent from the field, but was just 7-for-22 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs got several easy baskets on follow shots and several more in transition. But against UK's half-court defense, the Bulldogs struggled just like most teams have this season.