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CoachCal.com Talks About Alex and Archie

Two of the most talented players on this particular UK team, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress, have been bafflingly mercurial so far this season; one game they can’t be stopped, the other they’re playing wildly or can’t rebound over guys five inches shorter than they are.  Before one of the biggest games of the season, CoachCal.com took a look at both of these players, and how Calipari is responding to their last few performances.

Archie Goodwin:

Goodwin racked up 18 points against Marshall, but for anybody watching the game, his play was a little frustrating.  A lot of those points came from the stripe, which is good news for free throw percentages, but bad news considering he took 17 shots.  A lot of his plays consisted of running into the lane and either drawing a foul or fouling himself.  He missed a lot of shots within a few feet of the basket, including a couple layups and a wide open dunk in the second half.

“I was disappointed,” Caliapri said. “He missed four layups. I think he’s flipping. Rod (Strickland) thinks he’s looking down, not seeing the basket, looking up at the last moment to shoot it. I don’t know what it is. I’ll watch the tape, see if I can figure it out.

“You can’t miss layups.  Bad enough missing open shots, but missing layups, c’mon, you’re not going to win.”

Archie, for all of his talent, will have to close out plays, and run fast but under control, if he wants to have a big game against the Cards.  Meanwhile…

Alex Poythress:

The other hyper-talented wing player in this duo, Alex, has had issues with his rebounding over the early part of the season.  Standing at an intimidating 6’7″, with approximately 728 pounds of muscle, one would think that Poythress would be tearing opposing frontcourts apart on the boards, but yesterday’s game against Marshall tied his highest rebounding output at nine.  In no game this season has Alex gotten double-digit rebounds, even though he has all the tools to do so.

“Think about some of the other teams we played where he was going against a 6-2, 6-3 guy and he couldn’t do what he did today [against Marshall],” Calipari said.

“Look, Alex Poythress did some good things and then he reverted at times,” Coach Cal said. “Just grabbed a guy on a foul, wanted to stop playing, left his feet three times because he was late getting to the guy.”

Poythress, for all his ability, has to work on his timing if he’s going to be proficient in both the rebounding and blocking departments, which the Cats need from him.

Of the three “Top Ten Draft Pick” players on the team, Archie and Alex are the X-Factors going into Saturday’s game against Louisville.  Cal has his work cut out for him, but if anybody can do it, it’s got to be him.

Article written by Corey Nichols

23 Comments for CoachCal.com Talks About Alex and Archie



  1. cipanzy
    9:34 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    How can Archie “foul himself”?



  2. jim tom
    9:50 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    wow. poythress carries his 728 lbs very well



  3. Badams
    10:09 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    They better get it together or we aren’t beatin Louisville on Saturday. We can’t miss easy shots and look offensively the way we did in the 1st half. Defense and intensity has to be there or Pitino will get his first win against Cal since he’s been at UK.



  4. SweetWm
    10:12 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    As an old coach always said…”three ISLES are needed for a winning team… that’s Agile, Mobile and Hostile”…. This is all UK needs.



  5. Oogie
    10:18 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    You have to think that if Alex doesn’t start living up to expectations, his draft stock is going to drop somewhat.



  6. Kevin C.
    10:19 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    @ 4… Unfortunately, this team tends to play like they’re FRAGILE.



  7. JBR
    10:26 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress…the next Darius Miller. All-world potential, all-girl scout desire and attitude.



  8. jaxcats8503
    10:27 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    I hate KSR Sundays. I keep refreshing and unfortunately I keep seeing Corey Nichols posts. Turrible.



  9. showtime
    10:46 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    #7 – sorry you apparently didn’t see any of last year’s games. Way off base on Miller.



  10. 3cats
    10:52 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    coach needs to keep this between the team and not the world. The players can’t like this.



  11. tdogg40330
    10:57 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    10) You’re right, you know more about it than Calipari does



  12. Badams
    11:07 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    10, anybody watchin the game saw this, it’s no secret. If they don’t like it then they need to fix it so they dont get called out. Just as coach said, Archie misses way too many lay ups and Alex plays like a little girl out there. He has shown us he can’t be a beast but instead he plays weak.



  13. To Be Fair
    11:14 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    #8 – Really, what is so bad about this post or the last couple?…

    #10 – The thing is, everything Calipari says on his website about his players he almost definitely says to them directly. He’s up-front about it.



  14. Mike
    11:20 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    10. Wouldn’t u think if the players didn’t like this exposure or were embarassed by it that they would take it to heart, get the right mindset, take advantage of their physical abilities and talents and work harder to keep this from happening? This could be a good motivator although his calling out of players seems to be falling on deaf ears.



  15. jmfatz47
    2:03 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t hide from criticism in the NBA. The kids need to learn how to actually deal with it and respond positively. When the missed layups start to fall and we develop the will to compete like Nerlens every night, then we will be a strong squad.



  16. BravoBigBlue
    6:49 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Cal has said many times that Kentucky isn’t for everyone. There is a lot of pressure to play up to expectations and rightfully so. The fans don’t have much patience for players who don’t play hard and underperform. It is apparent at this point that Poythress is in this category. It’s up to him whether he turns it around by the end of the season. Whatever happens, the fans are not to blame. That’s a copout.



  17. yep
    7:03 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Noels to me seems like the only one who gets fired up, After the Duke game even tho they lost I really thought this team would start to dominate, but they look more like a church basketball team. Poythress needs to get more physical and so does Willie. If they don’t get more physical and act like they give a crap Louisville will kick their ass. Nothing makes me more mad than a team that doesn’t hustle.



  18. SamKat
    7:30 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    A former coach said about Azabuike: “Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”. I’m sure Tubby hadn’t heard of Poythress. I believe Coach Cal and his staff will get him to play like a Wildcat, UK that is!

    Archie can draw the fouls excellently. A wrong-minded referee may take him out of that mode some day. Being wreckless with much more control would definitely help. Did he play like that in high school? I dunno, but Coach Cal and his recruiters saw a lot of him then.



  19. Jab
    7:58 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Poy needs to come off the bench a few times and see if that motivates him.



  20. fletch
    8:14 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    top 10 in the draft? I just don’t see it. I would hate to think the nba has become that weak.

    put them on another team like ,say western ky. they would not be rated at all.



  21. mike
    9:30 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    # 20 got it exactly! Amen



  22. Katdaddy
    11:05 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Poytress is bust and is the biggest reason why this team is not as good as we thought it would be.



  23. Katdaddy
    11:08 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    A nba team would be giving away money if they took poythress, wish he had went to memphis.