By LARRY VAUGHT
When he When he was deciding who to take out of the starting lineup Saturday against Lipscomb so he could start point guard Ryan Harrow, Kentucky coach John Calipari debated whether to sit Alex Poythress or Kyle Wiltjer.
“I thought, well, let’s go with Ryan, and let’s play Alex to see if he’ll compete those first four or five minutes and what will happen. He did okay,” Calipari said even though he took Poythress out less than two minutes into the game after he missed an inside shot and had a turnover. “Still, again, I believe that Julius Mays outrebounded him for the game. You can take that however you want to take it. But those numbers don’t lie.”
Guard Julius Mays did have six rebounds while Poythress, UK’s power forward, had four along with two turnovers in just 25 minutes. He finished with 11 points in the 88-50 win.
“Then in the second half I switched it up because he didn’t rebound. So I said, okay, let’s go with Kyle. Kyle had five and a half or something like that, or six (rebounds),” Calipari said.