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By The Numbers: Kentucky’s Winning Streak


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Kentucky’s playing its best basketball in March. Since the regular season ended, the Cats have been on a tear, winning five straight heading into this weekend’s Sweet 16.

Without Jarred Vanderbilt, role players have elevated their game, with Wenyen Gabriel turning into a three-point specialist and Sacha Killeya-Jones coming alive in the paint. Even Hamidou Diallo has broken through, putting up 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks vs. Buffalo, the most he’s scored in a game since December 9.

Kentucky’s improvement is clear when you see them play, but it’s even more apparent when you look at the numbers. Although the biggest changes have happened in the postseason, some of the trends go back to the end of the Cats’ notorious four-game losing streak (we’ll treat the loss at Florida as an anomaly):

• In the last four games, Kentucky has shot over 50% from the field. The season average is 47.3%.

• In the last four games, Kentucky has averaged 76.4% from the free-throw line. The season average is 69.7%.

• In the last five games, Kentucky has held opponents to less than 40% from the field.

• In the last five games (since Jarred Vanderbilt has been out), Sacha Killeya-Jones is averaging 58% from the field in 16.4 minutes per game.

• In the last five games, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 21.8 points, 6.6 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals.

• In five of the last seven games, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has reached double figures in the first 20 minutes.

• In the last seven games, Wenyen Gabriel is shooting 60.7% (17-28) from three-point range.

• In the last eight games, Kentucky has a plus-1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio after going most of the season with more turnovers than assists.

Keep trending up, Cats.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

8 responses to “By The Numbers: Kentucky’s Winning Streak”

  1. callitlikeiseeit

    some of the reason is who we played….just sayin….bad UGA team, bad Davidson team, Buffalo, Bama {bubble team} and yes the UT win was a good win. It is not like we are beating good teams here, lets be real. At least we are beating them unlike UNcheat, Zona, UVA, Xavier, Cincy, etc.

    1. Cokely53

      Look, no one is saying we’re completely dominate and unbeatable. Everyone realizes who we played may not have all been elite but who has been this year? Virginia? Oh wait… we are still alive and playing some of our best basketball. Enjoy the moment, especially since it was so unexpected.

    2. Natureboy42

      Way to keep being negative. We can only play who we have on the schedule. In a tournament filled with huge upsets we’re still taking care of business. If you can’t accept we’re peaking at the right time find another team to root for.

  2. callitlikeiseeit

    Miss Stis doing the world, and especially New York, a huge favor. They are destroying U6 keeping them out of the Garden. Might be bad for the prostitute business in NY though.

  3. 4everUKblue

    So another ACC team got drilled by an SEC team? How can that be?

    1. Eazy

      Louisville lost by an average of 26 points against SEC teams this season. LOL

  4. Luether

    Good post, Mrs TT…

    1. BigBlueNationDude

      No it wasnt