– Statsheet.com does a good job of previewing the Cats’ contest today with the Cocks. Stat Sheet is no KenPom.com, but it is free. Which is nice. We have just over five hours until tip-off in Lexington, so rest assured we will cover this game from nearly every angle.
– Like Ken Pomeroy’s site, Stats Sheet focuses on their own “four factors” to compare the two teams. As you can see, Kentucky leads the Gamecocks in every category. UK’s FT% (different than ‘rate’) is 70%, while Scar posts a 68.8%.
– We know Kentucky scores in bunches, but the average Points Per Game number should overwhelm Carolina, especially when compared with their opponents’ average PPG. UK’s FG% at 48.5% is very high, and even higher when you consider their SOS. With 345 D-1 basketball clubs, UK’s SOS at #101 puts them safely in the top third. That is an impressive resume line for this young team.
– I don’t know what this graph means. Maybe some of you do. Pomeroy’s ratings address important factors like effciiency and tempo, but Stat Sheet provides the only stat some of you care about: the point spread (UK -21).