Kentucky’s win over Georgia featured quite a few memorable moments, most of which were at Georgia’s expense. Months from now you’ll recall the Bulldogs’ pre-emptive celebration or the “too little” shots Anthony Edwards fired at Tyrese Maxey. Those moments may not stand the test of time quite like this remarkable number in Kentucky’s box score.
Kentucky shot an even 50 percent from the field, the three-point line and the free throw line. Upon first glance at the box score, it looked like some sort of glitch.
Upon further examination it was not a glitch, rather a statistical anomaly.
Kentucky knocked down 31-of-62 shots from the field and made 6-of-12 three-point attempts. It’s a little unusual for this UK team to shoot so well from long range. It’s not as surprising to see the team make 50 percent of their shots from the field when they’re scoring 48 points in the paint. The big shock is at the free throw line.
Jay Bilas opened the broadcast by sharing a fun fact about the Wildcats. Entering the game they had attempted 100 more free throws than their opponents and made 138 more (give or take; facts are optional), a number even John Calipari cited in his postgame press conference. For almost the rest of the game, the announcer jinx was on. An 80 percent free throw shooting team on the season, Kentucky was 4-of-12 from the line late in the second half. The basketball numbers gods had different plans. UK made six of their final eight attempts to finish 10-of-20 from the free throw line.
Kentucky pitched a 50-50-50 game. Now you know what lucky number to play in the lottery today.
Speaking of stats, take a look at the numbers through 14 games of the 2019-20 Kentucky basketball season.