SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In Kentucky’s first give games, freshmen Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin have been consistent double-figure scorers. The only time one didn’t reach double figures came in the opening game when Poythress had eight points.
But against Notre Dame here Thursday in a 64-50 loss, the two managed just three points each. Poythress played just 23 minutes after getting two fouls in the first five minutes and was 1-for-1 from the field with two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers. Goodwin went 1-for-7 from the field and had seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block along with two turnovers in 31 minutes.
John Calipari said. “That’s who they looked at and said who they were going at. I think they may have worn him out. We were trying to do things and post him up.
“Archie was playing out of control for the first time (this season). He has not played out of control. I think one shot hit the shot clock. He was out of control. At the end I said just get us a shot and don’t worry about getting yourself shots. But he is still learning. That’s what happens when you take a young team on the road in a place where they do not lose a whole lot.”
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey heaped praise on both freshmen going into the game. He admitted he was a bit surprised Notre Dame held the two, who were averaging a combined 37.4 points per game, to just six points.
“A couple of times we wanted to put him (Poythress) in a ball screen. He was on our guards a lot,” Brey said. “That is a tough matchup for a young guy still trying to learn how to play on the perimeter against a veteran guard. He got in foul trouble thank God and never got in a rhythm. Luckily, we did not have to play against him much.”
What about Goodwin?
“Eric (Atkins) stayed in front of a really good player all night,” Brey said. “I think being able to stop him in transition was big. Our ball screen defense was good tonight. Big East teams have ripped us up on that. Our two guards and quick and strong enough to get over top (of screens) and get a chest back in front. They did that and he (Goodwin) could never really turn the corner. I am pleased with the way we handled our defense.”