CoachCal.com is back with new observations and notes from Kentucky basketball practice. This report comes from Monday’s scrimmage when John Calipari brought in officials for the second day in a row and had the team scrimmage for the second half of practice. The scrimmage was split up into four five-minute segments with a different lineup through each segment.
Here are a couple of Eric Lindsey’s notes:
— Using the treadmill as motivation, both Goodwin and Poythress were the scoring stars of the scrimmage. Calipari told both of them that if they don’t play hard all the time, they would head to the treadmill to run (specifically, Coach Cal told Goodwin he had to grab at least five rebounds and Poythress had to come up with five offensive boards). Both had to visit it at one point during Monday’s practice, although Goodwin’s punishment was for not hitting a certain mark in the five-minute shooting drill (more on the five-minute shooting drill at the end). Goodwin totaled 16 points in the 20 minutes of scrimmage time and Poythress finished with 12. Poythress did most of his damage with the big lineup.
— If there is one concern with a big lineup, it’s how the Cats match up defensively with smaller, quicker players. I don’t think that would a problem with this group. Cauley-Stein and Noel are certainly towering trees, but they’re not your traditional bigs. Cauely-Stein may be the fastest 7-footer I’ve ever seen, and Noel has guard-like bounce and quickness to him. In other words, they can defend the wings. Throw in Goodwin and Poythress’ raw athleticism and speed and you’ve got a defensive lineup that could be the best in the country.
— As for the offense of the big lineup, can you say Lob City? With Goodwin running the point and three athletic bigs to throw it to, it could produce even more lob dunks than last year. I emphasize could because Calipari is still very much in the experimental stage. With Mays in the lineup, you’ve still got a great shooter, and Goodwin and Poythress give you two guys who can create off the dribble.