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Marcus Lee on Alex Poythress: “He’s feeling himself, he’s on a roll.”

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Even teammates admitted they had not seen Alex Poythress shoot like he did here Friday night when he made four 3-pointers and scored 20 points in a win over Alabama in the SEC Tournament.

Check out what Marcus Lee had to say about Poythress:

On Alex Poythress’ four 3-pointers …
“When Alex is hurt all he does is just shoot from the 3-point line because he can’t move when he’s hurt. So that’s that product of not being able to do nothing else but just shoot.”

On what an opening game like this does for their morale and confidence, and people saying the first game in the tournament is the hardest …
“I think that’s definitely true because you really don’t know what you’re going to get. Everybody is playing for their last day, and you can’t just go out and lolly gag like it’s a normal game because it’s not.”

On Poythress’ form on the bow and arrow …
“We need to teach him how to do it right, but we all enjoyed it because it’s a team created thing. We enjoy it a lot.”

On how it feels to see Poythress do what he did Friday night …
“Injury now means nothing. He’s feeling himself, he’s on a roll.”

On if there was a change in Poythress’ attitude …
“No, he’s always had the same attitude. He’s always just been grinding trying to get back to where he knows he can be. And today he showed where he can be.”

On what it is about the matchup with Alabama that bodes so well for Poythress …
“I don’t know. We’re all asking him that question. We’re like, ‘Why do you always destroy Alabama?’ I think he just gets a flow pretty quickly in games like this, especially physical games like this. He kinda thrives at games like this. We enjoy it, we need it at this moment.”

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