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LOOK: Graph shows disparity of UK’s streaky shooting this season

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?

Could warming up inside Rupp Arena really be the answer?

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

12 Comments for LOOK: Graph shows disparity of UK’s streaky shooting this season

  1. UKgrad80
    9:05 pm February 16, 2020 Permalink

    I do agree that not practicing at Rupp hurts this team. The depth perception is very difficult for a shooter.

  2. Rixter
    9:09 pm February 16, 2020 Permalink

    Sure, not practicing in Rupp hurts, but it doesn’t explain why they shoot so well on the road. They don’t practice in those arenas either.

  3. VirginiaCat
    9:35 pm February 16, 2020 Permalink

    This year looks like a statistical aberration, given the fact that we have shot well at home in recent years. The pattern would have to be consistent over a period of time to draw a meaningful conclusion.

  4. makeitstop
    9:54 pm February 16, 2020 Permalink

    Total mystery. It’s not quality of opponent bc the competition on the road has beee much better. But I damn sure would do a couple practices at Rupp. We need to beat AU, UF and UT at home and they’re all good enough to beat us if we can’t shoot >30%

    • dcforuk
      10:20 pm February 16, 2020 Permalink

      Why not ask for predictions at this point? How do we finish? 3-3, 4-2 or 5-1?

    • makeitstop
      12:03 am February 17, 2020 Permalink

      I’d like fo think we have turned the corner and it 6-0 but those are 6 tough games, I think prolly 4-2, but hope for better.

  5. BlooBloodRon
    10:11 pm February 16, 2020 Permalink

    My intuition says practice more at Rupp. Cal having five of the best shooting UK teams at home in the history of the 3 pt shot says otherwise.

  6. Fitz
    9:50 am February 17, 2020 Permalink

    A mind blowing stat and graph. I agree with the comments regarding playing better competition on the road and the not practicing at Rupp does not explain why the Cats shot better on the road on courts they also don’t practice. My observation is the poor three point stats may have to do with poor shot selection and play calling during home games. For example, why did UK need to jack up 22 three point attempts against an inferior opponent like Ole Miss?

    • Ez21
      11:26 am February 17, 2020 Permalink

      Because they packed it in and left us wide open and we should be shooting around that amount every game. We need to shoot 20 3s per game, we just need to make 6-7 of em. I’d take a Quickly open 3 over most shots we can get. He was just 1-8. Your just looking to blame Cal.

  7. Fitz
    2:30 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

    Easy, Ez. I’m not blaming Cal, just saying the Cats did not need tp fire up that many threes against ole Miss even if they “packed it in.” UK does not attack zones very well, so teams give them the three ball until they start going in.

  8. Fitz
    4:06 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

    So I suppose I was taking aim with Cal since I said UK doesn’t attack zones very well.