Some UK player notes heading into Saturday:
Alex Poythress: Foul trouble limited the freshman to a season-low 21 minutes against Marshall last Saturday. He ended up fouling out for the first time as a collegian. Poythress ended up with nine points, just the third time in 11 games he has failed to reach double figures. He did grab a career-high nine rebounds, however. He does have two games — vs. Baylor and vs. Samford — in which the Tennessee native committed five turnovers.
Nerlens Noel: Coming off his first college double-double in which Noel had 11 points and 10 rebounds in win over Marshall. He had a season-high 16 rebounds against Baylor on December 1. Noel has blocked at least one shot in every game and had back-to-back games of seven blocks each against Portland and Lipscomb. He continues to rack up the steals, totaling 30 on the year. The LIU-Brooklyn game was the only one this season in which Noel did not have at least one steal.
Kyle Wiltjer: After a long shooting slump, the sophomore appears to have rediscovered his range. Wiltjer was five-of-30 from three-point range over a stretch of six games, which included a 1-of-9 showing against Baylor. He then hit seven of nine threes against Lipscomb on the way to a 23-point game, then made two of five three-point land last Saturday against Marshall. Wiltjer had a career-high 12 rebounds against Lipscomb, the first double-double of his college career and the first time he cracked double-digits in rebounds.
Archie Goodwin: The freshman guard had a terrible shooting game against Marshall, making just four of 17 shots. He still scored 18 points, thanks to a 10-of-11 showing at the foul line. After making just one of seven shots in the loss at Notre Dame, Goodwin had made 22 of 43 shots of the four games before Marshall. He’s just two-of-11 from three-point range over his five games, however. And the Arkansas native has turned the ball over 11 times in the last three games.
Ryan Harrow: The sophomore point guard continues to improve and is coming off his best game, a 23-point effort in 33 minutes against Marshall. Harrow made 10 of 17 shots against the Herd and was nine-of-13 from inside the three-point arc. He has also turned the ball over just five times in seven games. He has all of three turnovers in the four games in which he has played 20-or-more minutes. He had a season-high three steals in the win over Marshall, as well.
Julius Mays: The senior is stuck in a shooting slump. Mays is two-of-15 from the floor in his last two games and seven-of-29 for his last three. He missed all nine of his three-point attempts in the last two games and is one-of-13 from three over his last three games. Mays is not turning the ball over, however. He has zero turnovers in 93 minutes over his last three games. He has one turnover in 121 minutes over his last four games.
Willie Cauley-Stein: The Kansas native had UK’s only double-double before Noel earned that feat last Saturday. Cauley-Stein had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Samford. That was one of three games in which the freshman has scored in double figures. He had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes against Marshall last Saturday. His season-high in minutes was 28 against Maryland in the season-opener. Neither Cauley-Stein nor Noel has attempted a three-pointer this season.
Jarrod Polson: The junior from West Jessamine has seen his minutes fall off slightly since Harrow’s return, but has still averaged 12+ minutes over his last four games. Polson scored seven first-half points in the win over Lipscomb. He has two turnovers in 28 minutes over his last three games.