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Alex Poythress: Stats Are Finally Catching Up to His Play


Alex Poythress is in a nice groove. He’s been playing his way into one for quite a while now. Contrary to what the stats have shown in some games he is working his way into a rhythm on a consistent basis.

Everyone remembers the splash he made against Duke last season as a freshman. He flew over Plumlee brothers with ease. However as the season progressed, his confidence waned and he was never able to recapture it.

He seems to play with a tad of hesitation at times which hampers his aggression. Throughout his career he has seemed a bit uncomfortable as if he is scared to make a mistake. When he goes all out without worrying about things his game is better for it.

There are similarities to Darius Miller in that regard. Darius also had a tinge of hesitation in his game as well. For lack of a better term, both are better served when they channel their inner primal “Aagghhh!!” a little more regularly. Just be aggressive and worry about the consequences later. Kind of like (good) Brett Favre, but in a much, much smaller dose. Just a dash of gunslinger Favre would enable them to go out and let it rip so to speak.

When Miller just let it rip, you could tell the difference. Ask St. John’s. You could also ask Reginald Buckner of Ole Miss.

Poythress is growing more and more comfortable in his role as a finisher working along the baseline. He’s in the right position to receive the pass after the guards penetrate or help on the offensive glass after a shot is missed. He’s scored in double figures in four of his last six games.

This increased comfort level comes at a good time as Kentucky now has to take their act on the road to LSU on Jan. 28. The Tigers (12-6, 3-3 SEC) have been up and down in conference play and are coming off of a tough 82-80 loss at Alabama. There’s no doubt they’ll be up for the Cats though.

If Poythress puts together another nice game in Baton Rouge his confidence and his play will continue to rise.



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