Coach on the court: Kentucky trusts Ulis to make things right
Alex Poythress did not play. UK neither confirmed nor denied that Poythress had torn meniscus in his right knee. He did not play against Florida Saturday after limping off the court during pre-game warm-ups.
Calipari, who declined to identify the injury, said Poythress would “be out about two weeks, I’d say.”
Recently, Calipari called Poythress “our post presence.” UK has been searching for an offensive presence in the low post all season.
Poythress gave Kentucky the semblance of a post scorer as evidenced by shooting 10 free throws in the last three games he played.
By contrast, the other likely candidates to play in the post are relative strangers to free-throw shooting. Marcus Lee had shot one free throw in his last six games going into Tuesday night’s action. Skal Labissiere had shot one free throw in his last five games.
After the game, Calipari mentioned Isaac Humphries and Isaiah Briscoe as possibilities in giving UK a post presence.
Quote of the game
Jamal Murray followed up his career-high 35-point game against Florida by scoring a team-high 24.
In those two games, Murray made 14 of 20 three-point shots.
Calipari couldn’t resist a good-natured needle.
“He’s getting better,” the UK coach said of Murray. “He had one baseline flip. He could not help himself. It’s like crack cocaine. ‘I’ve got to do this.’ And he flipped it under. Had no chance of making it. But he’s getting better.”
Murray smiled when asked about the crack cocaine analogy. He asked reporters not to make too much out of Calipari’s playful jab.