The Wildcats built on a solid performance against Louisville by steamrolling Eastern Michigan at Rupp Arena last night, 90-38. Many experts viewed this as a possible trap game for Kentucky as they were coming off an emotional and ultimately disappointing loss to the Louisville Cardinals.
But guard Ryan Harrow and forward Kyle Wiltjer didn’t let that happen. Harrow added another stellar game with 15 points, eight assists and only four turnovers. Wiltjer scored a game high 17 points and added five rebounds as well. Wiltjer hit 3-6 three pointers and was 7-15 from the field. Following the nice shooting performance against Louisville, I would say this would effectively end his shooting slump.
The positive play from these two is important for multiple reasons. The first being that these are two of the elder statesmen on the team, and others will follow their examples. Both have stepped up their play in recent weeks and are playing their best basketball of the season heading into the all important conference play.
A big question mark for Kentucky fans was how would Alex Poythress play after being put on blast by coach John Calipari? Poythress lost his starting spot against Louisville and was a veritable no show at the Yum! Center. Cal said that Poythress would have to earn his minutes from here on out and the coach worked with his player in one-on-one sessions.
Alex responded by having a much better outing. He scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. This isn’t the Poythress from the Duke game, but he sure isn’t the one from the Louisville game either. Cal keeps insisting that these players need to figure it out, and he is doing all that he can to make sure this happens.
Just as a side note, Kentucky shot 75% from the free throw.