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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: As Poythress Scores More, UK Wins More

Dennis Wierzbicki | USA Today

Dennis Wierzbicki | USA Today

Dennis Wierzbicki | USA Today

Alex Poythress has been at Kentucky for almost 4 years now and certainly some of his performances have faded away from my memory, but his play against Alabama on Saturday was maybe the best I have seen him play at UK.  It’s only the 8th time in 96 career games he has scored more than 20 points.  But Alex has never been a prolific scorer since he came to Kentucky, so does his scoring increase actually show a difference in the W-L record for UK.  Below are the records for UK in the past 3+ years in games where Alex has played and what Poythress has scored in each game:

0-9 points: 45-22 (67.1 win%)

10-19 points: 17-4 (80.9 win%)

20+ points: 7-1 (87.5 win%)

Now, the winning percentage in games where Alex has scored fewer than 10 points isn’t terrible.  It’s quite good.  It basically equates to a 20-10 record.  But look at what happens when Alex’s scoring has increased.  UK’s win percentage increases by leaps and bounds.  You can argue that obviously UK’s chances go up when a guy scores more points, but that considerable of a jump must be pointed out.  I’m not sure UK won more or less when Kyle Wiltjer scored more or WCS scored more.  And certainly not as much as we above.

The fact is that UK doesn’t NEED Poythress to be a 20 ppg scorer.  If Alex averages 10-12 points a game this year, that should be fine, assuming he is also rebounding and giving them some kind of low post threat.  But when Alex has those big games of over 20 points, watch out.  UK is almost a lock.  Here is to hoping he can have those performances come March and April.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

8 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: As Poythress Scores More, UK Wins More



  1. chadtrill
    8:05 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    As our players score more, we win more. Brilliant. Who would have ever thought….



  2. Long Dong Silver
    8:19 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    And in other breaking news, president Abraham Lincoln had been shot.



  3. ukjaybrat
    8:22 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    lol, This is the most john madden post of all time. must be a slow day in the sports world. (even though it’s gameday, last night was the championship and we just saw 4 really good wild card games)



  4. bosshogg24
    8:32 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    In the past Alex played on the days he was in the mood and you never knew when this was going to be. We know what Alex is capable of if he only gives the effort, he has hurt his draft position by not giving 100%.



  5. Duuuuuude
    8:36 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    As Calipari says, we must have a post presence or your team is a fraud. Your stats would probably say the same thing if you did this for Marcus Lee.



  6. The Professor
    11:20 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    Useless post. Alex has played for 4 completely different teams. If you showed the stats over one season perhaps you have something pertinent.



  7. somerset bill
    11:25 am January 12, 2016 Permalink

    congrats to alex on that last game. thoroughly enjoyed it watching it. happy for him, and all that. but, if this team “needs” anything from alex to be successful, they are screwed.