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How slow have the starts actually been?


It has been no secret that the Cats have struggled to get started over the past month and half. I went back and looked into seeing how they fared across the entire season at the first media timeout. Here is what I found:

GameScoreWho was winning?
Stephen F. Austin14-7Kentucky
Michigan State10-9Kentucky
Cleveland State14-2Kentucky
Arizona State14-8Kentucky
at Hofstra9-6Kentucky
North Carolina12-10North Carolina
at Louisville17-14Kentucky
at Ole Miss17-7Kentucky
Texas A&M15-3Kentucky
at Vanderbilt15-12Kentucky
at Mississippi State10-6Kentucky
South Carolina13-3Kentucky
at Tennessee8-7Kentucky
at Florida11-7Florida
at Alabama7-4Alabama
at Georgia8-7Georgia
at Mizzou8-7Kentucky
at Texas A&M4-0Texas A&M

Some things I noticed:

  1. They have led in 22 of their 31 games this season. They hold a record of 19-3 in those games.
  2. They have trailed at that point in 8 of their 31 games this season. They hold a record of 7-1 in those games.
  3. They were only tied at that point once. They lost that game to UCLA.
  4. They have trailed at the first media timeout in 7 of their last 10 games, but do hold a 9-1 record in those games.
  5. They average scoring 9.8 points by that point.
  6. The most points they have scored is 17 (twice). Happening in back-to-back games at Louisville and at Ole Miss.
  7. The fewest they have scored was yesterday at Texas A&M.

What does all this mean? It definitely shows that they have been struggling in the past 10 games, but have been able to pull through and win. Of course, the first four minutes mean nothing if you perform in the last 36, but it is something to keep in mind.

Let me know what you think on Twitter @GormleyKSR

Article written by Sam Gormley

Follow me on Twitter @GormleyKSR; "The Whitest Man in the World"-JRock

8 Comments for How slow have the starts actually been?

  1. BobKYCats
    12:21 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

    Not to be that guy, but I’m fairly certain UK was trailing during both home games against Georgia and Florida.

    • KYcats11
      12:34 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

      No we werent.

    • BobKYCats
      12:50 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

      We were down 19-5 to Georgia. Hard to be up 14-2 if that’s the case.

    • KYcats11
      1:30 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

      I was joking BobKYCats

    • Sam Gormley
      1:01 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

      This has been fixed. Typo on my end.

    • Cals Hoverboard
      2:00 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

      we were down 8-0 to Florida last week until Bam hit a couple free throws at the 16:23 mark. From there Florida stretched their lead out to 18-6. We were not leading in the game until after that 17-3 run that put us up 23-21. Sorry Sam, better fix that one too. BobKyCats was correct.

  2. Luether
    6:26 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

    Can we please get some competent data to analyze?