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Calipari has simple mesage for Goodwin — do not miss layups

By LARRY VAUGHT

Archie Goodwin was just 4-for-17 from the field in Saturday’s 82-54 win over Marshall. He had six rebounds, two assists and two steals — he also had four turnovers — in 29 minutes, but it was some of the missed shots that left coach John Calipari with a simple message for his freshman guard.

“I was disappointed. He missed four layups. I think he’s flipping. Rod (Strickland) thinks he’s looking down, not seeing the basket, looking up at the last moment to shoot it. I don’t know what it is. I’ll watch the tape, see if I can figure it out,” Calipari said.

“You can’t miss layups. Bad enough missing open shots. But missing layups, c’mon, you’re not going to win.”

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  1. Larry T Clemons

    Looking for the foul …missing the lay up. The key is to get both.

    1. Jim Boyers

      EXACTLY!!

      I spent the whole game sitting there and telling my son that Archie is SOOOO used to getting fouled EVERY time, that he didn’t concentrate on making the actual shot. He is used to getting shoved around, missing and going to the line, so that is how he is reacting, even when not getting touched.

  2. Andy S

    Free throws are another concern. This team better get ready to play with the big dogs soon. FL, Louisville are not going to be easy and Alex needs to be focused a 100% of the time.

  3. TheProfessor

    The usual holiday diet of cupcakes is finished. There will be one final new year’s desert, but otherwise, the games from here on are the ones that will define this team.

    I doubt that yesterday is the first time Calipari has delivered that message to Goodwin, in private at least, but his going public with the scolding is not a good sign. That means he has exhausted his internal, private methods to get Goodwin to focus.

    Goodwin’s focus, and Poythress’ effort have both been lacking, all while all the hand wringing over Harrow and the point guard. It seems now that the point guard situation is rounding into form in time for the SEC, just like is seems to happen each year so far.

    if these guys are prone to shy away from the heat of battle, and thought Morehead was physical, they have not seen anything yet that will compare to the physicality of the next 19 games, or at least 19 of the next 20 games.

    Ready or not, here it comes, and there is no place to hide.

  4. Marty K

    UK is improving daily with Cal.; In truth, many of these freshmen would profit from an extra year with the Cats. Although it would hurt Kentucky with continued recruiting for next year, it would probably be best for Noel, Poythress, Wiltjer, and Caulet-Stein to forget about the draft and continue learning, maturing, and further developing theirgames for the professional level.

  5. PHILLIP BARKER

    A pull up, short jump shot or floater wouldn’t hurt Goodwin’s game at all and Alex needs to focus on what they call, “situational awareness”. We all like to get our two cents in guys, because we care about you and it’s just our way of hoping for your best effort.

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