WBN ICYMI - Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: More Jeckyl, Less Hyde Down The Stretch

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Jan 29, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) dunks the ball during the game against the Mississippi Rebels at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Mississippi Rebels 87-74. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the most famous books to ever be written. The duality of man is explored in the case of a mild-mannered doctor that changes into an immoral and vicious individual because of an experiment gone terribly wrong. This story has fascinated people for decades. It’s been translated into plays, films and even cartoons. The Jekyll and Hyde analogy is also one of the more popular analogies used when discussing the dual nature of a person.

Yes, Jekyll and Hyde comparisons have become a bit cliché at this point, but I feel it is extremely important to invoke this classic tale of conflicting personalities to describe this team, because let’s be honest here, every player, besides Nerlens Noel, has had his Jekyll and Hyde moments.

I looked at games against major competition from the BCS conferences. I left out the Northwood and Portland type teams just because Kentucky sailed through most of those games and they did not face the level of competition that they will face throughout the rest of the SEC as well as the NCAA tournament.

Let’s look at the players’ Jekyll vs. Hyde games:

Kyle Wiltjer:

Jekyll Games- Win vs. Maryland (6-9, 4-6 from three, 19 points), Loss at Louisville (4-7 from three, 2-2 from the line, 14 points), Win vs. Tennessee (6-10, 3-4 from the line 17 points), Win at Auburn (6-10, 3-4 from the three, 17 points),Loss  at Alabama (6-10, 1-2 from the three, 17 points) Win at Ole Miss (10-19, 5-12 from three, 26 points)

Hyde Games- Loss vs. Duke (2-5, 1-2 from the three, 0-0 from the line, 5 points), Loss at Notre Dame (2-7, 0-4 from the three, 6 points), Loss vs. Baylor (1-11, 1-9 from the three, 0-0 from the line, 3 points), Win at Vanderbilt (1-5, 0-2 from the three, 0-0 from the line, 2 points), Loss vs. Texas A&M (0-2, 0-1 from the three, 0-0 from the line, 0 points), Win vs. LSU (3-8, 0-3 from the three, 8 points)

W/L Jekyll: 4-2

W/L Hyde: 2-4

Wiltjer is at his best when he is aggressive with his scoring and getting to the line. He is at his worst when he has limited attempts at the line and when he is off on his shot. Lately Wiltjer has improved his game during SEC play by taking the ball to the basket more and creating his own shot around the rim. This allows for more open looks from three-point range as opposing players have trouble deciding how to guard him.

Archie Goodwin:

Jekyll Games- Win vs. Maryland (3-8, 9-11 from the line, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 16 points), Loss vs. Duke (5-12, 5-8 from the line, 4 assists, 4 turnovers, 16 points), Loss vs. Baylor (5-11, 7-12 from the line, 5 assists, 5 turnovers, 17 points), Loss at Louisville (8-15, 3-4 from the line, 2 assists, 5 turnovers, 22 points), Win at Auburn (5-7, 2-4 from the line, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 12 points), Win at Ole Miss (6-11, 12-14 from the line, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 24 points)

Hyde Games- Loss at Notre Dame (1-7, 1-2 from the line, 5 assists, 2 turnovers, 5 points), Win at Vanderbilt (5-14, 2-4 from the line, 3 assists, 5 turnovers, 12 points), Loss vs. Texas A&M (6-16, 4-7 from the line, 1 assist, 4 turnovers, 17 points), Win vs. Tennessee (2-10, 4-6 from the line, three assists, two turnovers, 8 points), Loss at Alabama (2-12, 3-6 from the line, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 7 points), Win vs. LSU (5-12, 5-9 from the line, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 15 points)

W/L Jekyll: 3-3

W/L Hyde: 3-3

Some of Goodwin’s Hyde scores are pretty high, but just because he scores a lot doesn’t mean he is good. For example, he had 17 points versus Texas A&M but shot 37% from the field, 57% from the line and had only one assist to four turnovers. Archie does his best when he shoots a high, efficient percentage and converts at the line. He had only 12 points against Auburn but shot 71% from the field. When Archie is under control and making cool-headed decisions, he is very tough to beat. If he is going to be a force he has to do so with eyes open and head up.

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