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Archie Goodwin Says Cats Must Win Number Nine

Posted: Jul 26, 2012 10:26 PM by Mary Jo Perino

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UK freshmen guard Archie Goodwin is just getting the swing of things at the most high-profile basketball program in the nation. The adjustment from high school to college can be tough for some, but Goodwni believes he's learning to strike a balance.

"It's been a great experience and a humbling experience at the same time. Having to learn how to handle classes and practice every day and lifting, just managing everything where I'm able to get some time to get some rest and make sure I'm on top of things," Goodwin told

Adjusting is the hard part. The easy part was picking Kentucky.

"It wasn't a hard decision for me because I watched Coach Cal when he was at Memphis and I saw what he did with Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans, then the next year going to Kentucky and doing the same thing with John Wall, Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague. When I saw how he worked with guards and how good the teams were that play with him and how comfortable I feel in the system, it was a no-brainer for me."

The real work is about to begin. Archie and his teammates have been talking about bringing number nine back to Kentucky. They watched how a young team last season was able to come together and win it all. They want to leave here with the same legacy.

"I want people to expect us to win a championship, the national championship, multiple championships depending on who stays and who goes. With that pressure on me it means you have to perform and there's no other explanation for it, no excuse, we have to do it."

To watch Archie's video, click here.