We are eight games into the 2019-20 season, and honestly, it still doesn’t feel like we have a good grasp on this Kentucky team, mostly due to all of the injuries that have occurred. That will change in the next few weeks with games vs. No. 1 Louisville and No. 3 Ohio State, but until then, let’s take a look at the numbers to see how this squad compares to other of the Calipari Era so far. (Shoutout to the UK Athletics staff for providing the data in the game notes each week.)
|Year||FG%||Opp. FG%||3-Pt. FG%||FT%||RPG||Assists||TOs||Blocks||Steals||Points||PPG||Record|
Opponent’s Field-Goal Percentage: 35.6% – Third Lowest in the Calipari Era
How good is this team’s defense? Right now, Kentucky is holding its opponents to 35.6% from the floor, which is the third best mark of the Calipari era through eight games, behind only the 2014-15 team and the 2011-12 National Championship team. Let’s hope that trend continues.
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 29% – Second Lowest of the Calipari Era
Calipari (once again) claims this is his best shooting team, but the numbers suggest otherwise. Right now, this team is shooting 47.6% from the floor, which is the fourth worst mark of the Cal Era, and 29% from three, the second worst mark of the Cal Era.
He’s got shooters, but needs makers, right?
Free-Throw Percentage: 79.5% – Highest in the Calipari Era
The Cats are making 79.5% of their free throws, almost four percent better than last year’s team and almost nine percent better than the 2016-17 team. Shoutout to the backcourt.
Rebounds per game: 40.2 – Tied for second fewest of the Calipari Era
Considering how thin the frontcourt has been with injuries to all three bigs, this isn’t surprising.
Blocks: 36 – Fewest of the Calipari Era
Steals: 38 – Second fewest of the Calipari Era
Given how strong our backcourt is defensively, this one surprised me. At this point, the 2014-15 team had 70 steals, nearly double this team’s amount. Man, they were good.
We’ll keep track of these numbers as the season goes on. Feel free to leave your own observations in the comments.