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By LARRY VAUGHT
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.