Goodwin: Cats ready for Missouri guards

Saturday’s matchup with Missouri’s highly-touted guards, including pre-season SEC Player of the Year Phil Pressey, led Kentucky freshman Archie Goodwin to … shrug.

“They have good guard play,” Goodwin said Friday, “but it’s nothing we haven’t seen. We should be fine.”

Goodwin expressed confidence in point guard Ryan Harrow, who regained his starting role earlier in the week after being benched at Tennessee last weekend.

“He’s playing with a lot of confidence,” Goodwin said of Harrow. “When he plays with confidence, he’s probably the best point guard in the nation.”

Harrow and UK face one of the nation’s most highly-regarded point guards in Missouri’s Phil Pressey.

“I have more confidence in my point guard than him,” Goodwin said of Pressey. “And I’d take my point guard over him.”

UK Coach John Calipari interpreted Goodwin’s comments as “probably trying to build up our guy. ‘Hey, we’re with you.'”

Which side gets the better point guard play probably will win the game, Goodwin said.

“This is, like, a playmaker’s game, basically,” Goodwin said.