When Alex Poythress decides he wants to dunk the ball, he does it with a contradictory effortlessness. On one hand, the slams are so ferocious, so emphatic that you find yourself taking pity on the lifeless rims. On the other hand, he throws them down so easily, so naturally that one would assume he’s been doing it his entire life.
The potential for Cauley-Stein to be an elite-level big man has always been there, but the confidence didn’t come along until he committed to Kentucky. When he finally put his signature on the national letter of intent last fall, Cauley-Stein said it signaled a change in his mentality.
On a team that is now without leaders like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller, Goodwin’s embracement of a leadership role is a comforting feeling for a squad made up of talented but inexperienced pieces.
A “fast-learning process” takes on a whole new meaning when you’re a first-year player under Calipari. It exponentially intensifies when you’re with Calipari in your first year and you’re a fifth-year senior.
The No. 10/11 Cats (8-2) responded with arguably its best win of the season Tuesday night, a 70-55 victory over the previously undefeated Broncos (8-1).