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The Importance of Getting Poythress Going Early

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

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.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

3 Comments for The Importance of Getting Poythress Going Early



  1. jonthes
    10:17 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    It’s remarkable how unstoppable Poythress is if he reads the defense and makes moves instead of just trying to bull it up.



  2. The Rest of the story
    10:56 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    Movement is the key for Alex. Just posting up does not go well for him but moving and attacking makes a huge difference.



  3. Joe B. Yall
    5:31 pm January 24, 2016 Permalink

    During the ’11-12 season, Cal started every game by going to Terrence Jones in the post. It was a key to that team, and I think it could be a key to this team too, as well as Alex.