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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Individual Players in Wins and Losses

You would think it would be obvious to say that players play worse in losses and better in wins.  But I put that idea to the test by comparing each of the major 6 players stats in the 14 wins and 3 losses.  And what I found was pretty interesting.  In fact, 3 of the 6 players actually have increased scoring in losses than wins.  But, I have highlighted particular stats that have noticeably decreased during losses, and at the end I picked out 3 keys from these stats:

Wins: 19.1 ppg, 3.9 apg, 48.8 FG%, 43.8 3P%
Losses: 10.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 34.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%

Wins: 18.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 48.4 FG%
Losses: 19.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 39.1 FG%

Wins: 12.6 ppg, 51.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%
Losses: 15.7 ppg, 45.7 FG%, 50.0 3p%

Wins: 8.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 51.9 FG%, 45.7 3P%
Losses: 11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 36.4 FG%, 46.2 3P%

Wins: 8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 42.4 FG%
Losses: 7.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 28.6 FG%

Wins: 7.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg
Losses: 2.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg

So, what do we take away from these stats?  3 points:

1) Brandon Knight’s Scoring:It seems when Knight is clicking offensively, the offense runs much better and the wins roll in.  Whereas Jones, Lamb, and Miller actually score MORE in losses, Knight’s production drops almost in half during UK’s 3 defeats this year.  Last year, John Wall did not HAVE to score for that team to be successful.  It seems this year, UK needs to points from its point guard position.

2) Jones and Harrellson Rebounding:In wins, this duo grabs 19.3 rpg, while in losses they snatch 14.7 rpg.  With the lack of any other skilled rebounders on this team, Coach Cal needs these two guys to crash the glass on every shot.  Harrellson has shown a consistent ability to do this.  Jones has not yet. 

3) This team revolves around shooting:It seems obvious to say, but this team has yet to show the ability to shoot the ball poorly and win.  They have shot below 40% in 4 games this season, and have lost 3 of them.  In UK’s 14 wins, they have shot 48.5% and in its 3 losses they have shot 37.8%.  This actually says more about the team’s defense than it does its offense.  It says that the defense is not good to enough to combat a poor shooting night.  Maybe the strong defensive performance against LSU will signal a change there.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

7 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Individual Players in Wins and Losses

  1. BTI Fan
    10:18 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Everybody keeps asking Miller to do more, but I think he knows that if he sucks, we win. Horray Darius!

  2. playersfan
    10:24 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    You have to consider who is taking the shots in the losses, ie Georgia Miller and Liggins.

  3. rockatao
    10:25 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    imagine that … a team that shoots poorly is more likely to lose

  4. beau9738
    10:28 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    just saw on twitter the Anthony Davis has left the game with injured wrist/hand and has gone to the locker room… Let’s all hope it’s nothing serious.

  5. BigBlueFan31
    11:39 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Really? How much time did you waste on this? Are you trying to tell me that scoring and rebounding can have an impact on who wins or losses?
    In our 3 losses it had to do with defense more than anything.

    UConn: No one could stop Walker. And it didn’t help that we had early foul trouble. Or the fact it was the 3rd game in three days.

    UNC: We couldn’t shoot and did not play well as a team. If it were at a neutral site, we might have had a chance. Not at the Dean Dome though. Every close call went to UNC.

    Georgia: No answer for their inside game. Period.

    Now, if Knight would have scored 50 in each of these games we would have had a chance. OBVIOUSLY!!

  6. baddbeat
    11:44 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Gee, thank you Mr. Obvious! We didn’t score as much or rebound as well when we lost!?!? Wow! That’s some deep ish!

  7. Karl Marx
    9:12 pm January 17, 2011 Permalink

    How bout that? I’m guessing the football analysis reads, “When the other team scores more points than we do, we are most likely to lose.”