Kentucky Loses Alex Poythress to Torn ACL
The Kentucky Wildcats just saw their 2014-15 NCAA title hopes take a hit. Per reports, the team will have to find a way to stay on top of the college basketball world without the help of forward Alex Poythress, who has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.
The injury to Alex Poythress marks the second big Kentucky player to go down in the past three years, as the Wildcast had to find a way to move on when big man Nerlens Noel also tore his ACL two seasons ago.
If any team can withstand losing a key player, it has to be John Calipari’s Wildcats, however. Top-ranked Kentucky stands in at 10-0 and arguably has the richest roster when it comes to pure talent and depth.
While college basketball experts and the Kentucky coaches and players alike probably agree they can overcome this loss, it still isn’t an easy one to swallow.
“Our team was devastated for Alex when I told them,” head coach John Calipari said. “There were tears throughout the room because this hurt them to the core. How they will respond I really don’t know, but I will do my best to be there for each of these kids.”
As big of a hit some injuries can offer, they also can often force teams to pull together. Poythress was a sound talent that was (and probably still is) destined for the NBA, but he was only being relied upon for 20 minutes and 5.5 points per game.
Those suddenly counting Kentucky out of this year’s Final Four may want to wait and let the season develop, as Poythress is a void they can probably replace. It’s much too early to start guessing how big of an impact the loss of Pythress hurts the Wildcats, but it’s definitely not something to be ignored, either.
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