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How this Kentucky team compares to others in the Calipari Era

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.)

YearFG%Opp. FG%3-Pt. FG%FT%RPGAssistsTOsBlocksStealsPointsPPGRecord

Some takeaways…

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

See above.

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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for How this Kentucky team compares to others in the Calipari Era

  1. holdem197727
    6:17 pm December 13, 2019 Permalink

    With this team not hitting on all cylinders right now may be a good thing in the future. If we start clicking and hitting threes like we are able go do and a team has game planned to guard the inside we may cat h a good team off guard and it could lead to a big win when we need it.

  2. dave1964
    7:09 pm December 13, 2019 Permalink

    Just don’t expect much from this team to many missing peaces poor 3 point shooting no grit team is just too soft.

    • nocode96
      7:43 pm December 13, 2019 Permalink

      Bet each of them know the difference between peace and piece though. Probably know how to use commas, and form proper sentences when they write too. Sure am glad all the jerks like you have found other teams to cheer for, because we certainly don’t miss you.

    • Skooms
      8:09 pm December 13, 2019 Permalink

      Love love love me some Nocode comments!! Always makes me smile and say “Oh hell yeah!”.

  3. VirginiaCat
    8:11 pm December 13, 2019 Permalink

    Great information. What jumps out at me is the low number of blocks and steals. Our poor performance in these two categories suggests that we are not “earning” extra points through steals or doing a good job of withholding points via blocks . This is particularly revealing because these stats are based on weak competition. It will only get worse as the quality of competition increases, unless we step it up substantially. There are other more encouraging categories, but we will have to get more steals and blocks if we are to be competitive against quality competition. I wonder how much emphasis Cal places on in-depth analysis of team stats. Numbers can be tedious, but they can also tell you a lot about strengths and weaknesses.

  4. VirginiaCat
    8:18 pm December 13, 2019 Permalink

    No Code: Add a comma after the word “piece” Eliminate the comma after the word “commas.” Add comma after the word “write.” Eliminate the comma after the word “for.”