Kentucky head coach John Calipari has already made it clear he thinks this season's Kentucky team is the most scrutinized team in the history of sports -- but the Wildcats could be tuning out the attention and turning the corner as we head toward March. They eked out a home win over LSU on Saturday, making it six wins in seven games.
One of the biggest reasons for the focus? The improved leadership of Julius Randle.
Randle has notched a double-double in three of the past four games, going for 15 rebounds and the game-winning shot in the fourth game during that stretch. Moreover, he's taking more responsibility defensively and as a leader.
And according to VaughtsViews.com, it seems like his mindset has changed:
"It is what is [on the scrutiny]. I don't care about that. It may or may not be true, but I'm playing basketball. I didn't come here to be liked. I came here to win a championship," Randle said.
Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward, is averaging 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds on the season. Kentucky hosts Arkansas on Thursday.