Kentucky finished Saturday’s game shooting nine percent from the three-point line, connecting on just two of their 22 attempts. That’s an abysmal stat line, and it’s certainly an outlier for the Cats. So far this season, Kentucky is making an average of 31.9 percent of their long-range attempts. Here’s where it gets interesting.
The Twitter account Big Blue History points out the dramatic disparity between UK’s average at home versus on the road, and it’s staggering. The Cats have shot 24.4 percent from 3-point range at home vs. SEC opponents, compared to 43.4 percent on road vs. SEC opponents.
Since the adoption of the three-point shot in 1986, this is both the lowest percent they’ve ever shot at home and the highest percent they’ve ever shot on the road versus conference opponents. The graph creates a mind-blowing visual.
Maybe John Calipari is right – maybe this is his “best shooting team” after all. That’s what those road numbers point toward, anyway. But the team’s inability to perform to that same degree inside their home arena is baffling.
Do the players truly just love being boo’d by their opponents’ fans? Or, as Matt Jones says on Twitter, does it have to do with where they practice?
Kentucky with Lowest Three Point % at Rupp in SEC play ever
Highest Road Three Point % on Road in SEC ever
Maybe we should Practice in Rupp https://t.co/FwtHwXK2mN
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 16, 2020
Could warming up inside Rupp Arena really be the answer?