You don’t need me to tell you how fun this basketball season has been as it reaches its halfway point of the regular season, and you sure don’t need me to tell you how good Kentucky is and how much better it will be in the coming months.
If you have eyeballs and have been watching the games — and I assume both of those apply to you since you’re here reading this — you know this is a special bunch that is loads of fun to watch each and every night.
But sometimes it doesn’t hurt to get some reassurance, so tonight let’s go over some fascinating numbers from the Kentucky Wildcats through 15 games in this potentially special 2016-17 college basketball season.
… years since Kentucky has scored 97 points in three consecutive SEC games.
… years since Kentucky won its first three SEC games by 23 points or more.
… games in which the Wildcats shot 50 percent or better from the field.
… is the highest points-per-game output under John Calipari at Kentucky.
… seconds per possession is the lowest among Power Five conferences this year and the lowest at Kentucky under Calipari by over two seconds.
… is the third-best offensive efficiency rating, according to KenPom, where Kentucky is the No. 1 overall team.
… scoring margin is second-best in college basketball.
… points per game scored on either layups or dunks. How about that for getting to the rack?
… dunks for Bam Adebayo through 15 games puts him on pace to contend with Anthony Davis’ 92 dunks in 2011-12.
… points per game by Malik Monk ranks second among all NCAA freshman and 14th overall. If that number holds, it will be the most by any player in the Calipari era.
… three-pointers per game by Monk is the highest among NCAA freshmen. Monk is five three-pointers behind Jodie Meeks’ record-setting pace in 2008-09 when he hit 117 on the year.
… assists for De’Aaron Fox is well ahead of Tyler Ulis’ pace of a year ago when he set the school’s assist record. Ulis had 85 dimes through 15 games on his way to 246 for the season.
… SEC Freshman of the Week awards for De’Aaron Fox ties the record set by Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray, who had four apiece, last season.
… assists per game puts Fox atop the SEC.
… combined points per game scored by Fox, Monk and Adebayo. John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins scored only 43.1 per contest in 2009-10.
… combined points per game for Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder is the most by a collection of seniors in the Calipari era.
… percent from the foul line for Isaiah Briscoe, up from 46 percent last year.
… percent from outside for Briscoe, up from 13.5 percent last year. He shot 80 percent in Kentucky’s first three conference games by hitting four of his five attempts.
… days until the Final Four!