The Kentucky Wildcats came into tonight’s game having never played a true road game and it showed as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish outplayed the young Cats 64-50.
Archie Goodwin ran around like a chicken with his head cut off, throwing up shots like he was taking his last breath, and finished with a minuscule 3 points on 1-7 shooting . Goodwin was averaging 19 points per game.
Alex Poythress, who was averaging 18 points, finished with 3 points as well, as he was in foul trouble the entire first half.
Nerlens Noel didn’t get a lot done either, finishing with 10 points and 7 rebounds, and was constantly beaten on the boards by Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Kyle Wiljter couldn’t get his shot going, had a couple of nice points in the paint, but other than that really didn’t make a difference in a game where the Wildcats needed baskets. Wiljter finished with 6 points on 2-7 shooting and 0-4 from behind the arc.
Julius Mays is really the only Wildcat that came to play, as he knocked down 4 threes and finished with a team high 16 points.
Besides the obvious poor shooting by the Wildcats(19-47 40.4%, 4-14 3FG), Notre Dame was the opposite knocking down 8 of 15 threes and 24-50 from the floor for a crisp 48%. Kentucky has to learn to guard the perimeter or this game will be the continued blueprint to rattle and wear the Wildcats out.
John Calipari will surely talk about how young this team is and that they have a long way to go, but if Archie Goodwin keeps playing like he did tonight, this team will sure take some lumps before March. A lot was riding on the transfer of Ryan Harrow and this team really needs the player that everyone was led to believe would lead this team. That is obviously not the case and anyone would have a hard time arguing that Ryan Harrow will turn it around anytime soon.
The schedule doesn’t lighten up Saturday as the Baylor Bears come into Rupp Arena for a 12;30 tip on CBS.
Maybe a calmer Archie Goodwin and an enthusiastic Alex Poythress will show up to play and get back on the winning track.