Kentucky Wildcats must step up without Alex Poythress

The Kentucky Wildcats basketball team will have to step up without Alex Poythress and they have a few games to get everything in working order.

This is a Kentucky Wildcats team that has two games left in 2014 before they close out the non-conference slate of the schedule. They are going to have to step up and show fans and media like that they can do this without junior forward Alex Poythress.

“There are plays that you get used to someone else making, and now you have to train yourself because no he’s not there anymore to make those plays,” forward Willie Cauley-Stein said on Saturday after the North Carolina game. “There are rebounds and blocked shots that normally can stand on the other side and get the blocked shot instead of having to go get it yourself.”

Tyler Ulis, who missed a few games, also spoke about Poythress.

“Losing Alex hurt everyone on the team, he’s a great guy and we’re all really close with him and just knowing how he feels,” Ulis said. “If I tore my ACL I wouldn’t know what to do, I’d be in my room crying and stuff like that, so we’re just trying to be there for him and help him out.”

It was tough for Devin Booker as well.

“Oh, it’s tough,” Booker said. “Losing a player like Alex, you know he does so many things that no one else can do in the world I’d say. So, you know it’s really tough for us but everyone has to step it up a little bit, I’d say.”

This team will survive the loss of Poythress. How they rally behind him, ultimately, remains to be seen.