Alex Poythress returned to action Tuesday night after missing five consecutive games. His impact was immediate as he scored four quick points within minutes of checking in early in the game. He went on to finish with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in 17 minutes.
Coach Cal said afterward, “I was really proud of him. He could have stayed out a couple more days. He knew the team needed him. He was sick over Texas A&M. He felt like he probably could have gone in and helped, but he wasn’t quite there. So to have one day to practice, to do what he did, amazing. He looked comfortable. He took himself in and out. So he was good.”
Avery Johnson said Poythress ignited Kentucky’s defense and provided energy on both ends of the floor.