Alex was Robin to Archie Goodwin's Batman Friday night, coming through in a big way with yet another game of over 20 points and eight rebounds. It is his third such game of the year so far, as Kentucky is beginning to receive consistent night-in-night-out play from Poythress, which can only be a good sign moving forward.
The amazing thing about Alex's scoring is that it is not necessarily prolific, and it is also extremely efficient. You never realize how many buckets he scores because many of them are off of rebounds, broken plays or cleaning up around the rim. In the meantime, he rarely misses a shot.
For example, he shot 9-of-11 from the field against LIU-Brooklyn. As opposed to Goodwin, who forces up too many shots and is always actively looking for a shot, Poythress gets his buckets within the flow of the offense. However, he did commit two turnovers and four fouls, so those need to be worked on in the near future.
He is also becoming very reliable on the glass and is arguably the team's second-best rebounder. Poythress had nine boards against Long Island and has pulled down seven rebounds or more in four games this season.
In other words, Friday night was a continuation of what he has done all season long. For the Wildcats, that is a very, very good thing.