LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Coach John Calipari is not discouraged after his team fell to Duke Tuesday night in Atlanta. The Cats rallied from 14 points down late in the game, cutting the Duke lead to three. Duke closed out the game in the last three minutes, but afterwards Cal said his team didn't play bad.
Calipari said his team had its chances but is still learning. "We didn't play that bad, ya know, shoot 49 percent, only have 13 turnovers. They outrebound us by one, we're just learning that, we focused two days on that, but they only had eight turnovers and make a couple threes that we don't make."
The biggest plus of the night had to be freshman Alex Poythress, who turned into a force inside scoring 20 points. "He's a beast, that's what he needed to look like. That's who he is, he's not a two guard. He's a beast, so be a beast. I don't want to see any of the cute stuff, get the ball bye the guy and dunk on somebody, and he did it."
There were other good signs. Nerlens Noel was way more agressive and the play of Archie Goodwin caught the attention of coach Mike Krzyzewski. "Goodwin's going to be a star, I mean, ya know, he's an elite athlete." Calipari said Goodwin's play brings to mind one of his former point guards. "Reminds me a little of Tyreke (Evans), when I first started with him. He doesn't always make the right decisions but he can break you down and score."