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Kentucky’s perimeter defense best in college basketball in past five years

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?

[JohnGasaway.com]

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13 Comments for Kentucky’s perimeter defense best in college basketball in past five years



  1. Smyrna_Cat
    6:15 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    “Sheer luck”????????



  2. Ridge Runner
    6:29 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    Damn, everyone else must not even contest a three!
    😉



  3. Cmart0907
    6:31 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    Remember beginning of the year this team 3pt defense was horrible. Making strides.



    • Ridge Runner
      7:14 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      For sure…



  4. Smyrna_Cat
    6:56 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like the SEC just plays better Defense than all those other conferences.



    • Eazy
      7:00 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      They do. That’s why UK also has the most NCAA tournament wins in this stretch. We are prepared. Last year 3 teams made the Elite 8. UK has been to 4 of the last 7 final fours. SEC owns the Big 12. Glad some are finally realizing it. This year the league will get 8-9 teams in the dance. And it’s the most talented league in the country with the most players in the nba currently. Most people don’t realize that.



    • Aar
      7:53 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. Did Gasaway also compare 3pt D in non-conference games across all major conferences?



  5. BigBlueNationDude
    9:20 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    I think its also because our interior defense is weak and anyone can get to the basket against us. Why shoot threes?



    • Smyrna_Cat
      9:40 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      You are a toad.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      11:23 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah. I give warts too.



    • 4everUKblue
      4:06 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Bet that’s not all you give Boytoy.



    • JoeMoney333
      7:27 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

      That’s not how percentages work.



    • ukcamel
      10:03 am February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Shouldn’t you be staring at an empty space where a banner used to hang?