Quick thoughts from Kentucky’s 90-38 win over Eastern Michigan.
What it means: Kentucky improved to 9-4 on the season. The Cats are now 8-1 at home, the lone loss being that misstep against Baylor. This is UK’s worst record after 13 games since being 6-7 in 2007-08.
What I liked: After hearing about how well they played at Louisville, the Cats didn’t let down. True, Eastern Michigan did not put up much competition. The visiting Eagles are not a good offensive team. But the Cats played good defense in the first half on the way to a 38-14 halftime lead, then kept the foot on the gas pedal in the second half on the way to the win. Willie Cauley-Stein had a good overall game, and Kentucky hit its free throws.
What I didn’t like: Alex Poythress played better and did some good things, but he’s not there yet. Nor should we expect him to be. John Calipari said those individual workouts would need at least a couple of weeks to show their full effect. Poythress was hustling and that’s a good start. But he still needs some polish. That will come.
What’s next: With no Saturday game, the Cats get a break before starting SEC play at Vanderbilt next Thursday, January 10, for a 9 p.m. game.