Tonight’s Blue/White Scrimmage ended with some drama. With seconds to go, Kyle Wiltjer fouled Archie Goodwin while he was in the stage of shooting behind the arc. Goodwin needed to make 3 shots to tie the game but he only made 2 of them.
The announced attendance of 12,016 were on hand to see the scrimmage.
Kyle Wiltjer scored 28 points and picked up 9 rebounds.
Archie Goodwin finished the night with 31 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.
Alex Poythress exploded for 25 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block.
Jon Hood is back in action after missing last season with an injury. He finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal.
Jarrod Polson picked up 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.
The twin towers of Nerlens Noel and Willi Cauley-Stein were impressive in the scrimmage. Nerlens Noel just missed out on recording a triple-double: 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots. Cauley-Stein finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 steals.
At the half, some of the players switched from playing for the Blue team to playing for the White squad. Overall, there were not many scary moments. There was one, in the second half, when Ryan Harrow was caught and fell.
After the game ended, Kentucky head coach John Calipari took the the floor to address the crowd: “Can you see how far we have to go? Understand, there’s a lot of work to be done. I’m fine with that.”
Calipari will probably have to address the 3-point shooting but when one does factor in that Kentucky is playing Kentucky, it explains why shots might not fall.
There’s a very good bet that some of the action will be seen during a future episode of All Access Kentucky. All in all, I’m looking forward to how this season of Kentucky basketball progresses. For practically a completely different team sans the likes of Kyle Wiltjer, Jarrod Polson, and others, I was impressed by what they did on the floor.