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Kentucky vs. Arkansas by the Numbers

But seriously though, the guy’s name was Rotnei. 

Arkansas and Kentucky are two completely different teams. Withstanding the different colored uniforms and the roughly 700 miles between Fayetteville and Lexington, these teams are very dissimilar. In a fundamental sense, Kentucky’s is a team of winners. Despite a solid showing against Savannah State, Arkansas has yet to impress anyone outside of Razorback country. Or even in Razorback country. The 17-1 (3-0) are ranked #2 by the RTC index while 13-4 (2-1) Pig Sooie isn’t ranked anywhere near the Top 25 (#79 by Kenny Pomeroy). Kentucky ranks #10 in offensive efficiency and #6 in defensive efficiency. Arkansas ranks #114 and #66 respectively. At first glance, this game shouldn’t even be close.

Unfortunately for Arkansas, you’ll come to the same conclusion at the second glance and third glance, too. Simply put, Arkansas isn’t a great team. Nine Razorback players have played in each of their 17 games, yet only one player, B.J. Young, gets more than 22% of the touches on the floor. Arkansas’ 44% field goal percentage is the fifth worst in the league and ranked 151st nationally. However, the Razorback’s fast pace earns them 76 points per contest. This only makes sense when you consider that Ken Pomeroy ranks Arkansas’ offensive SOS  #338 out of 345 teams. In other words, you can miss a solid number of shots and still score a lot of points when you don’t play anyone.

What’s worse for Pig Sooie is the state of the boards: Kentucky is ranked #19 in offensive rebounds and Arkansas is ranked #299 in offensive rebounds allowed. That’s not good news for the visiting team.

It is worth noting that Mike Anderson’s club plays solid man to man defense. It’s also worth noting that Kentucky shreds man to man defenses. Especially man to man defenses that try to run on them. 

Oh, and 6′-10″ Hunter Mickelson’s 16.6 minutes per game should have really prepared him for Anthony Davis.

That is all. Go Cats.

Article written by Tyler Montell

12 Comments for Kentucky vs. Arkansas by the Numbers



  1. Twatty Beckham
    7:46 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    As big of a mismatch as this is, UK would lose if the game was played in Fayetteville.



  2. Roggensak
    7:46 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    #AnthonyDavisSaysShutUp



  3. Roggensak
    7:51 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    1) home court advantage is starting to get ridiculous with the fouls and charges that are called… And the Technical foul that was called on Calipari from across the court.



  4. Cats000
    7:54 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    We say everyone isnt very good but then it takes a run in the last 5 min for us to pull it out. Take everyone seriously. Any team can beat you on any day



  5. C Ray
    7:56 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    You’ll have got to get a side by side pic of Michael Sanchez and Skippy from Family Ties up on the site!! I think Sanchez is really like in his 50’s. Crazy



  6. TrinityPills
    8:01 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    …so you’re saying a sophomore who averages 7.6 minutes per game is going to score 44 for Arky tonight and UK wins by 4. Does that about cover it?



  7. catdaddy
    8:04 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Are we going to ignore the fact that Justified is premiering tonight during the UK….??? If this one becomes a route…. just sayin



  8. Twatty Beckham
    8:10 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    I really think Arkansas is a lot better than what they’re being given credit for in this post. I predict they finish in the top 6 in the conference. Before long Mike Anderson will have them as the top team in the West. Book it.



  9. gcat4496
    8:11 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not taken any major D1 schools for granted. I think we will have to earn everyone of them. We won’t be blowing anyone out until all 5 are playing 100% of their capability.



  10. Uk4life
    8:19 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Dave Baker and Oscar had a shouting match on their pregame show earlier regarding tonight’s game



  11. Bulldawg
    8:23 pm January 17, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes it is easy to see why everyone loves to hate UK. I am just as confident in the Cats as anyone but you guys ALWAYS giving the other team bulletin board material does not help…with anything! It makes UK fans and writers seem more smug than we are. If u give no respect, u get none. I doubt many players hold stock in these articles, but it cannot help motivation to play these teams if everyone is always saying they are not very good. The list goes on and on. I like sarcasm and back handed jabs as well as anyone but the youth and immaturity comes out in these kind of posts. Chane Behenan made some goofy comments and how’d that turn out? How stupid does this post look if Arkansas comes away with a win. To get credibility, you have to give it. Mike Anderson is a good coach and his team will be ready to play. I hope the Cats pay no attention to this so they will be ready to play also.



  12. Dr. Kat
    11:07 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Great Post, made me much more relaxed and confident.