This isn’t groundbreaking news, but it has to be said. Kentucky must get Alex Poythress going early in games if you want him to be a factor.
We saw this yesterday when Poythress scored the first four points for the Wildcats. When you get Poythress an easy layup to start the game, his confidence – which is constantly talked about – goes through the roof. More importantly yesterday we saw him be aggressive despite picking up a cheap third foul early in the second half.
Calipari left him in the game with the three fouls and it worked as Poythress immediately made a couple of moves to get buckets against a slower defender. Going forward look for Kentucky to try to get Alex the ball early and that will dictate what type of game he’s going to have.