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North Carolina will also feel the pain of Alex’s injury

Alex Poythress was hit the hardest in this situation, obviously, but I can’t help but think North Carolina will feel a great deal of pain from Alex’s torn ACL, too. I think the Tar Heels are in for a beatdown in Rupp Arena tomorrow afternoon at the hands of a newly-inspired Kentucky basketball team.

Sure, UK loses a ton with Poythress out for the season. He’s capable of making plays that no one else in the country can match and he was really coming into his own as a defender and aggressor on the glass and those 50/50 balls Cal stays on him about. Alex was really playing well in a position of need for the Cats right as he was dealt this bad hand, no doubt.

But if any good can come out of this, it’s that his teammates now have something to play for — and that’s scary. The biggest concern this season is the team “getting up” for every game and avoiding the boredom that can come with being young and dominant. Now they have new motivation in the form of their big brother, the team veteran and Sports Illustrated cover boy, Alex Poythress. He’ll be right behind them in street clothes, pushing them along the way.

There’s no question UK will feel the effect of losing Poythress as the season moves on and they’ll play games where his absence makes a big difference. But for North Carolina, you can throw matchups out the window. The Cats will be playing for their brother and I pity anyone who has to go up against a pissed off set of Harrison twins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson and the like.

Get ready to see an inspired group of Wildcats tomorrow.

Good luck with that, UNC.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

7 Comments for North Carolina will also feel the pain of Alex’s injury

  1. david8577
    12:08 pm December 12, 2014 Permalink

    I know I’m fired up. Been telling people at the office to “kill it for Poythress” today.

  2. Bleedblueky
    12:10 pm December 12, 2014 Permalink

    Totally Agree and You Rock Drew 🙂

  3. IsaacMingoWX
    12:12 pm December 12, 2014 Permalink


    Let’s get it trending!

    • Time Expired
      12:50 pm December 12, 2014 Permalink

      i like it ……………….

  4. Tltaworl
    1:02 pm December 12, 2014 Permalink

    I hope so, of course you know how inspired we were after Nerlens’ injury.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:09 pm December 12, 2014 Permalink

      I bet you’re a blast at parties.

  5. RexRox
    1:47 pm December 12, 2014 Permalink

    Can’t even begin to compare this with the 2013 team dealing with Nerlens’ injury. That group was a ship without a sail or rudder. WCS and Alex had yet to mature and there was simply no leadership on that team. I expect a totally different reaction from this year’s squad. It could very well become the theme for this season that we are talking about 20 years from now.