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Archie Goodwin returns home

Tomorrow’s game will be a homecoming for Archie Goodwin, the 2012 Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year.  Goodwin, who grew up less than three hours away from Bud Walton Arena and led his team to the Class 5A Arkansas state title last year, will be returning to the state he proudly reps on his chest for a pivotal SEC game for his Kentucky Wildcats.

For Archie, it’s a chance to show his home state why he chose to leave, despite so much pressure and so many expectations for him to be the star at Arkansas.  It’s also an opportunity for him to build off two consecutive great games in Rupp Arena, while working to improve Kentucky’s NCAA tournament resume.

For Razorback fans, it’s the day they have waited for since the fall of 2011, when Goodwin committed to UK over the home state school.  It’ll be a hostile environment in Bud Walton with no shortage of taunting towards Goodwin, to remind him of the frustration and disappointment he caused by leaving the state that made him a star.

“It’s going to be a hard deal for him but I think he’ll be fine,” Calipari said of his young shooting guard’s return home.  He just hopes Goodwin can keep his “Oh-My-Gosh” moments to a minimum.

That won’t be easy.

With so much pressure to have a big game in front of all the people he shunned for UK, keeping Archie Goodwin under control will be Objective #1 for Kentucky. He’s going to want to score.  And he’s going to want to score a lot.

Calipari said Archie still has two or three of those moments — we call them “WTF Archie?” moments — per game, which is the maximum he allows, for now.  It’s important to keep him from going over his WTF-limit against the Razorbacks.

“I told him, ‘You’ve got to keep your head with the team’,” Cal said.

There’s no doubt Archie needs to get buckets tomorrow, but only within the flow of the offense.  It could be a disaster if he reverts to the 1-on-3 Archie we used to know.  It’s difficult for Kentucky to win games win that Archie is on the court.

Now’s the time for him to be the hero, without trying too hard to be the hero.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

28 Comments for Archie Goodwin returns home

  1. jmfatz47
    3:18 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Archie will thrive tomorrow

  2. Central City DT
    3:37 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Alot of people on here hate on Archie. (which is deserved at times) I for one think he gets frustrated with a stagnant offense and trys to take it upon himself to score.

  3. I Am Spartacus
    3:37 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    “be the hero without trying to be the hero”…………….yeah, no pressure THERE!

  4. Central City DT
    3:38 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m 100% behind the kid.

  5. AppyCat
    3:39 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If Archie limits the “jugheads” all will be good. Go Cats!

  6. BJ Young
    3:39 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I will own Archie…bad matchup for an already out of control player. Archie gets hated on because he was the ARK POY and has been a disappointment. I for one, hope he declares for the draft….tonight.

  7. I Say
    3:47 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    6 You are crazy.

  8. cdc_uky
    3:48 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I am not too concerned about Archie. Our better play post-UT has been driven my Harrow and AP. As long as those 2 come to play like they have been, Archie will fall into place. A better question is what the matchup for Wiltjer will be like??? Hopefully someone a little less athletic so he can come alive again…

  9. cdc_uky
    3:51 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    6. Kid is a freshman learning to play at this level. Your expectations are the reason our fanbase has a bad rep. Not every prospect that comes to UK will develop by the end of their first year. Archie may be an all-star in the NBA eventually…who knows. Right now he is a frustrated 18 year old.

  10. Bj Young
    3:57 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    BJ Young is twice the player archie is, if you think otherwise, your fanhood is getting in the way of your logic. Maybe I am crazy but I think he is a selfish teammate. worried about how he looks, how many shots he will get up, his points, etc. He might be an NBA allstar but I wouldn’t draft him in any round. I am just a spoiled fan who wishes that they could all be humble like MKG and Ant. Davis.

  11. I Say
    4:03 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If Archie played for Arkansas he would average 20 a game.

  12. Mc
    4:04 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I just hope the refs let them play a little. That’s not happening with Shows officiating. Hope WCS stays on the court.

  13. BJ young
    4:06 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    He might get 30 a game but take 20 shots and his TEAM would lose.

  14. jaws2
    4:09 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I predict Archie will have 2 charge calls in the 1st half. I think the guy could be an excellent 2 guard, but he really needs to grow up.

  15. BJ Young
    4:12 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Jaws2–thanks for keeping it real. How can the #1 shooting gaurd in HS, shoot 25% on 3’s????

  16. Andrew
    4:15 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    ESPN rank poll for NCAA Champions… UK 96 and UK 12 are currently out of the top ten… This aggression can not stand…

  17. I Say
    4:17 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Exaclty lol So tell me how that makes BJ Young better than him?

  18. I Say
    4:19 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Young averages 15 and they still lose

  19. Biglaw Dawgin'
    4:24 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Sick tats… except for that ridiculously redneck/ghetto (is that possible?) jack-in-the-box tattoo on his arm. Other than that, sick tats.

  20. Bj young
    4:36 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Bj young gets double teamed every game. Archie plays with such great talent around him its inexcusable to be this bad with zero double teams/hedging. Bj doesn’t make plays that cost his team. he doesn’t make stupid turnovers…never has. Bj young is a BALLER…this will be glaring on Saturday…Cats get the win but Archie is non-factor

  21. Laker Cat 18
    4:41 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    My prediction: 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 charges. Yeah that is not a typo. Only 3 charges.

  22. Reality
    4:44 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    My prediction: 16 points on 5-15 shooting, 4 reb, 2 assist, 4 TO, and only 3 charges. Cats get the win behind Julius and POYthress…and in spite of archie

  23. John Ellis
    4:46 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If he has five assists he’ll be a hero and UK will win.

  24. Kevin Burton
    5:09 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Archie will make them hogs squeel! Deliverance STYLE!

  25. God speaks
    5:31 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Did you know Arkansas is the only state specifically named in the bible???

  26. God speaks
    5:31 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Genesis: Noah stepped out of his arc and saw dry land

  27. Big O
    7:19 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Very raw talent. So far he has not shown very little “buyin” about team. More about “I.”. Cannot see him being about the team in Bud Walton Arena. Would not be surprised to see Cal having to sit him. The team really needs him to be a team contrubutor tomorrow. Can’t see that happening. Hope I am wrong. Go Archie and Go CATS!!!!!

  28. Oh Drew...
    9:27 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    It’s difficult for Kentucky to win games “When” that Archie is on the court. Lol…