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Poythress admits he is disappointed in his play and feels he can give more effort


Perhaps he was being brutally honest. Perhaps he finally realizes what he has not been doing. But whatever the reason, Alex Poythress probably summed up what has gone wrong for him the best he has all season Friday.

“I’m kind of disappointed in myself because I do feel like I can give more effort out there. I feel like this season I kind of let some things go by, haven’t given my all sometimes. But now it’s time to change so I just have to keep on giving it all from here on out,” Poythress said. “You can’t dwell on the past. You can’t correct the past. What’s done is done.

“There is a sense of urgency. It is really sink or swim now. If you don’t play, you’ll drown. So you don’t want to drown so you’ve got to keep on swimming really.”

Has this team ever started swimming?

“I think we just needed to be in a situation where we needed to start. Now it’s urgent that we must swim now,”  Poythress said. “It’s close to tournament time. All tournament games are do or die, so it’s really like we’re starting the tournament early. We just want to take every game as a step, just want to come out and battle hard.”

He believes things can change with this team even if most UK fans do not.

“There’s always time. There’s always time ‘til the fat lady stops singing. But we’re just going to keep on keeping on and just keep on giving it our best. Just try hard, just battle hard, just try to make plays. Sometimes the ball doesn’t fall in our favor, but we just have to pick our heads up and just look to the next game,”  Poythress said.

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  1. Karen Sprinkle

    It would be great for all of our players to come out with some sense of urgency and maintain that urgency for the entire game. I think that’s what has been the biggest disappointment thus far for me this season. At times, some of the players seem like they are just going through the motions. Whether or not it’s because they have felt overwhelmed, or for other reasons, it’s been hard to watch. Come on, Cats, it’s Senior Day. I believe you can do it! Go Big Blue!

  2. Larry T Clemons

    pick your heads up and ” Look To The Next PLAY ” ! We Love You Guys Alex, we truly only get disappointed FOR YOU , not At You…Well, most of us !

  3. Wes

    Urgency should’ve set in about 2 weeks ago… Not the day before the last game of the regular season. It’s a little too late now. The past is the past, but the future is already here

  4. Jimmy Stuart

    It’s only cause them players already got money on their minds

  5. Mike

    This sounds great and all, but realizing this the last game of the regular season ?? C’mon guys !! The talent is there, the coaching is there, but it takes heart, desire, and determination. For some of you this is the last game you’ll play in Rupp. Let it all shine ! Show us all why you were chosen to wear the jersey !! You all need to be in beast mode right now.

    BBN 4 LIFE

  6. Larry M

    So Alex is “kind of disappointed”……”kind of” …… doesn’t sound like much of an attitude change to me…..This is a fine time to decide that he will begin to give it his all…..what a joke…..biggest disappointment in my opinion of any UK player I can remember, and I go way back…..

    1. larryvaught

      LarryM, let’s hope this is at least a start

  7. Mike

    Sorry Alex….Much too little and Much too late. You should be ashamed of your lack of performance all year long. You have let down and embarassed your parents, your friends, your coaches, your teammates, and all of the BBN. You will probably go down as one of the all time BUSTS to wear the blue. Best think you can do for us now is close out the season and move on.

    1. Larry T Clemons

      LV, please REMOVE THIS POST !!!!

  8. Larry Pup

    Alex, your the man. Go Beat Florida!! GO CATS!!!

  9. Karen Sprinkle

    As my grandmother would say “some young’uns just take longer to learn….” Good game today, Alex! Keep up the good work.

  10. Larry T Clemons

    Florida Got, ” Willie – Mays’d “……Thank You Wildcats and Thank You Rupp Arena’s BBN !

  11. coldspringmike

    From one Mike to another, poor choice of words. To say that a parent is “embarassed” by a childs preformace on a basketball court is wrong, totaly wrong. To say your friends are “embarassed” by your preformance on a basketball court, then they don’t need to be your friends. To say your coaches and teammates are “embarassed” by your preformance on a basketball court then you don’t understand the brotherhood of the locker room. Finally, as a long, long member of BBN I have never been “embarassed” by a University of Kentucky basketball player, maybe upset at times and probably at quite a few, but never “embarassed”.

  12. oldkentucky

    I really like Alex. He is learning how to play basketball the right way. Some people embarrass the whole Big Blue Nation by criticizing. our players who haven’t reached perfection during their first few games. Alex is a winner and so are all of the other players on our team. Archie is starting to come on strong and it looks like Alex is starting to do the same thing.

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