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The Effect Kentucky Has On Their Opponents


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With the regular season in the book, it’s on to the postseason. Kentucky hasn’t had the season that we all thought they would have, but that’s in the past. Put every bad loss behind you and look on to competing in the SEC tournament. Part of Kentucky’s problem is that they are Kentucky. They get every team’s best shot in every game on the schedule, no matter what caliber of team they are.  I noticed over the season that players seem to have had career highs against Kentucky.   I was also curious about how a certain team’s best performer against Kentucky faired in the game prior to the matchup with Kentucky and the game following it.   Would they have an equally good game or would they have a Kentucky hangover?  I went back to all of Kentucky’s losses to find out.

Opponent Top Performer Points Before UK Points Against UK Points Following Game
Michigan State Keith Appling 11 22 3
Baylor Kenny Cherry 2 18 20
UNC Marcus Paige 12 23 23
Arkansas Rashad Madden 23 18 12
LSU Johnny O’ Bryant  III 18 29 23
Florida Casey Prather 9 24 16
Arkansas Michael Qualls 15 14 20
South Carolina Brenton Williams 7 24 26
Florida Patrick Young 9 18  

 

For the most part, players would have an average game before they played Kentucky, have a really good or career game against Kentucky, and then keep up that level of play. With Kentucky playing Friday in the SEC tournament, you can almost guarantee whoever they play will bring their A game. Now, It’s time for Kentucky to bring their A game. Go CATS!

@Perk_21KSR

 

Article written by Aaron Perkins

2 responses to “The Effect Kentucky Has On Their Opponents”

  1. OL' PIX

    ==== Cats lack of defense turns “Ordinary Joe” into SUPERMAN ! ====

  2. twocoach

    I laugh at the helpless victim mentality of losers; as if these miraculous perfomances just fell out of the sky. Iowa State fans claim the exact same thing “happens” to their team all the time. All this means is that the Kentucky defense stinks, that good players have great games against them and that decent players have good games against them. At some point you’d think you’d recognize the pattern as more than just an unfortunate coincidence.