Three quick notes from UK basketball’s media opportunity today previewing Saturday’s game at Arkansas.
1. Archie Goodwin returns home. UK’s freshman guard is from Little Rock, Arkansas and will be making the trip back to his home state. Teammate Ryan Harrow said that he gave his tickets to Goodwin and thought many of the other players did, as well. John Calipari said he talked to Goodwin about not trying to do too much Saturday, being that it will be a homecoming for Goodwin. But, as Cal said, Goodwin has had those “oh my gosh, what did he just do?” moments at Rupp Arena this year, as well.
2. A breakthrough. Harrow said he feels like the team is much more confident going into this road than it was headed to Tennessee two weeks ago, a game that resulted in a 30-point loss. (The first game without Nerlens Noel.) And it’s not just the three-game win streak Kentucky carries to Arkansas. Harrow said he felt like the team made a breakthrough during the recent home-stand. “Everybody is starting to click with each other,” said Harrow.
3. Calipari worried about the bumps. Arkansas will press and try to speed up the tempo for a full-court game. Current coach Mike Anderson learned from former coach Nolan Richardson. But Arkansas also plays a physical style. “That’s something we haven’t played through well,” said Calipari. “The evolution of this team is when the stuff gets rough and it’s body-to-body can you play?”