With Kentucky coming off a 71-62 win against the Vanderbilt Commodores, the SEC season is still young. The Cats have 16 games before the start of the SEC tournament to perfect their weaknesses and master their strengths. After the game, Cal was thoroughly pleased with their performance, but knows they still have a long way to go before they get where he wants them to be. With that being said, Kentucky needs to improve, but in what areas? To find out, I headed over to teamrankings.com. They do a great job of listing a variety of stats and how that team compares to other teams across the country in both offense and defense. Kentucky’s full page can be found here. I analyzed and determined what statistical categories Kentucky ranked in the top 35 in the country and in what categories Kentucky ranked below 100. Note that there are 345 teams in Division 1 College Basketball. The first chart is Kentucky’s offense, while the second focuses on Kentucky’s defense.
|KENTUCKY: THE BAD||KENTUCKY: THE GOOD|
|Assists/ Turnover 1.000 (#174)||Points/Game 80.5 (#23)|
|Assists/Game 12.6 (#169)||Total Rebounds/Gm 43.8 (#5)|
|Free Throw % 66.0% (#287)||FTA/FGA 0.592 (#4)|
|Three Point % 29.8% (#308)||Two Point % 54.8% (#10)|
|FGA/Game 56.3 (#145)||Shooting % 47.6% (#33)|
|3PM/Game 4.9 (#298)||FTM/Game 22.0 (#5)|
|3PA/Game 16.3 (#251)||FTA/Game 33.3 (#2)|
|Def Rebound % 72.6% (#101)||1st Half Pts/Gm 37.7 (#36)|
|Steals/Game 4.3 (#329)||2nd Half Pts/Gm 42.7 (#14)|
|Steals/Play 5.3% (#333)||Off Rebounds/Gm 14.5 (#3)|
|Turnovers/Game 12.6 (#174)||Def Rebounds/Gm 26.2 (#17)|
|Off Rebound % 45.5 (#1)|
|Blocks/Game 6.8 (#7)|
|Block % 11.2% (#13)|
Most surprising stat from the bad: Three Point %, 29.8% For Kentucky to have the back court of James Young, Aaron Harrison, and Andrew Harrison; this seems like a very low percentage. Cal must have confidence in their abilities, since they shoot 16 threes per game. Can the team get their percentages up come tournament time?
Most suprising stat from the good: 1st Half Pts/Gm 37.7 We all know Kentucky has had some slow starts, but maybe they aren’t as slow as we thought. Kentucky is still doing a decent job of scoring in the first half but they certainly have room to improve. If they can get their first half points average closer to their second half average, look for the slow start talk to disappear.
|DEFENSE: THE BAD||DEFENSE: THE GOOD|
|Opp Assists/Turnover 0.929 (#135)||Opp Assists/Game 10.2 (#27)|
|Opp FGM/Game 23.6 (#118)||Opp Total Rebounds/Gm 31.4 (#31)|
|Opp FGA/Game 61.5 (#330)||Opp Effective FG % 42.9% (#12)|
|Opp 3PM/Game 5.6 (#109)||Opp Two Point % 41.6% (#12)|
|Opp 3PA/Game 18.4 (#185)||Opp Shooting % 38.3% (#14)|
|Opp 1st Half Pts/Gm 33.3 (#184)||Opp Shooting Efficiency 0.939 (#12)|
|Opp Off Rebounds/Gm 10.2 (#245)||Opp 2nd Half Pts/Gm 32.8 (#27)|
|Opp Off Rebound % 27.8% (#114)||Opp Def Rebounds/Gm 17.1 (#2)|
|Opp Steals/Game 6.1 (#160)||Opp Blocks/Game 2.4 (#16)|
|Opp Steals/Play 7.1% (#104)||Opp Block % 4.3% (#15)|
|Opp Turnovers/Game 11.0 (#285)||Opp Personal Fouls/Gm 25.4 (#1)|
|Opp Turnovers/Play 13.5% (#312)||Opp Personal Fouls/Play 29.7% (#3)|
Most surprising stat from the bad: Opp FGA/Game 61.5 To my surprise, Kentucky’s opponents average more attempts per game than Kentucky themselves. This certainly needs to improve before the SEC and NCAA tournaments. Whoever shoots the most shots usually has the best chance to win.
Most suprising stat from the good: Opp Shooting % 38.3% Contrary to the last stat, Kentucky is doing a good job of holding their opponents to a low field goal percentage. If a team gets hot against Kentucky however, shooting more shots favors Kentucky’s opponent.
What stat surprises you the most?
(stats from teamrankings.com)
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