Ready for a surprising stat? In major-conference play, this Kentucky team has the best perimeter defense in college basketball in the past five years. ESPN analyst John Gasaway crunched the numbers and discovered that the current Cats are shutting opponents down from the outside better than any squad in the sport since 2013, even the 38-1 Kentucky team, one of the best defenses in the history of college basketball.
Lowest opponent 3FG%s
Major-conference games only, 2014-18
Opp. 3FG% Kentucky 2018 27.3 Kentucky 2015 28.0 Texas A&M 2014 28.0 Providence 2016 28.5 Syracuse 2016 28.9
Huh? We knew coming into this season that this team was freakishly long, but that stat seems misleading, which is why Gasaway took an in-depth look at the numbers this afternoon. Turns out the SEC is just not very good at hitting threes this season (33.9% in major-conference games), so it’s not just Kentucky’s length causing the issues; it’s sheer luck.
Regardless, I’m not complaining, especially since the Cats seem to be figuring it out on offense. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?