Lapses of effort are nothing new for UK freshman Alex Poythress this season, but when the problem resurfaced Saturday versus Florida he responded in a new way. “I took him out, his teammates got all over him,” said UK head coach John Calipari after the 61-57 win. “And he said, ‘Put me back in.’ He grew up today because he went back in and finished those last seven minutes and was a beast.”
The day before the upset win versus Florida, Poythress acknowledged to reporters that he was “probably disappointed” in himself because he felt like he “could give more effort out there.”
It was that epiphany that led him to respond to the mistake in Saturday’s game differently.