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Statistical Update

Through 12 games, Kentucky is 8-4 and (currently) finds themselves un-ranked in the AP top-25 poll.  While the start to the season isn’t exactly what fans or players pictured from the beginning, there are positives to take away from the performance thus far.  Mainly the statistics.  At the moment, Kentucky ranks favorably in most advanced statistics compared to the rest of D-1.  To give a clearer indication of where Kentucky currently stands, I searched Kenpom.com’s advanced database to see just where the Cats fall.

If some of the above terms don’t make sense, fret not, this link briefly (and simply) explains the above metrics.

As you can see, Kentucky, at least statistically speaking, is well off in most categories as compared to the rest of nation. Ranking 20th in Adjusted Offense and 12th in Adjusted Defense.  The efficient offense has been accomplished by excellent shooting percentages and a low turnover rate. However, there’s room for improvement in offensive rebounding.  Defensively, the shooting percentages are good as well, but like its offensive counterpart, defensive rebounding shows room for improvement.  Turnover percentage is up from recent seasons, but it’s still low due to Calipari’s defensive philosophy.

The most obvious and necessary place for improvement is free throw shooting.  After yesterday’s 11-23 performance, Kentucky’s season free throw percentage fell to 63.3% which ranks them 301st nationally. This is Kentucky’s worst free throw shooting team since Eddie Sutton’s 1986-87 Wildcats which shot an abysmal 62.7% from the charity stripe (the 1998-99 squad shot 63.9%).  In terms of John Calipari’s history, this is his worst free throw shooting team since the 2008 Memphis squad which finished as National Runner-Up to Kansas.

Overall, there are many areas where the Cats are excelling this season.  Shooting percentages are good on both sides and the ball is being cared for (mostly) on the offensive end.  However, rebounding and free throw shooting need to improve quickly.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

6 Comments for Statistical Update



  1. mudcreekmark
    1:38 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Please don’t post these stats again. They are too hard to follow and make my head hurt.



  2. CAT8
    2:07 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    To say UK is ranked favorably in most of these categories compared to the rest of D-1 is clearly not true, Kentucky is the best program in the history of college basketball and is only in the top 20 in 3 of these categories, whatever they may mean. That, to me, is pathetic



  3. Jonathan Schuette
    2:12 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    2. Oh lord of the run on sentence, by your definition last year’s team was only slightly above “pathetic.” They were top 20 in only 4 categories.



  4. Big Whoop
    3:35 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Just a suggestion. Provide someone to compare with. The rankings provided don’t provide much perspective. Comparing UK to the current #1 A/P ranked team would’ve provided perspective or providing who is #1 in each category would’ve provided much more valuable information.



  5. Wild Blue
    3:54 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    The only stat that really matters to the NCAA selection committee at this time….8 wins, 4 losses.



  6. ComeOnMan
    5:10 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I have a statistical update for Schuette: The odds that I will read a Jonathan Schuette article and/or accompanying chart is drastically falling each and every Sunday. These were initially okay…I guess. However, they are now beyond stale and provide very little substantive value. Furthermore, I, for one, do not know how many more times I can read the same “things aren’t as bad as they seem” article from you. Let’s just let these “statistical updates” have their final resting place.