1. De’Aaron Fox’s three-point shooting is worse than Briscoe’s in 2016.
“Worse” is technically inaccurate. It should be “just as bad.” Last year Briscoe shot a blistering 13.5 percent (5-37) from behind the three-point line. In half the time, Fox is on pace with Briscoe, 5-for-37 from behind the three-point line this season. Fox’s shot looks smoother than Briscoe’s, but Briscoe has finally found a rhythm, bringing me to the nest stat…
2. Briscoe’s shooting numbers are better than any of us expected.
Briscoe surpassed the 40 percent threshold as a freshman because of his ability to finish at the rim. Even after two terrible shooting games (combined 4-16 for 12 points), he’s still extremely close to shooting above 50 percent (49.4) this season. From the free throw line he’s up to 72 percent, a 26-point increase from a season ago (GASP!). His three-point numbers are up, but it’s not quite as dramatic, up to 36.7 percent.
3. *Knock on wood* Remember when people questioned their outside shooting ability *knock on wood*?
Knocking on wood twice was necessary. Every time I relay a stat like this on gameday it comes back to bite me.
Before the season, college basketball “experts” had only one concern about the Cats: can they hit outside shots? More than halfway through the season, I think it’s safe to say, “Yes, yes they can.” Kentucky is shooting 35.9 percent from behind the three-point line. John Calipari has five players shooting over 35 percent.
4. Monk started much faster than Jamal Murray.
Last year we saw Jamal Murray break UK’s freshmen points record, scoring 720 to surpass Brandon Knight. That record might not stand for long.
Through Murray’s first 19 games as a Wildcat, he scored 20 points or more six times. Through Malik Monk’s first 19 games, he’s scored 20 or more 11 times. Monk has 412 points this season. Averaging 21.7 points per game, if he can keep it up to 20, he’ll break Murray’s record in the SEC Tournament.
5. Crazy Scoring Stats
- The ’96 team, who set the standard for putting up a ton of points, averaged 91.6 a game. This year’s team averages 92.9 a game, second in the country, .1 behind UCLA.
- UK has scored more than 100 five times this season, the most since the ’96 team who surpassed the century mark 10 times.
- The Cats have shot better than 50 percent in seven consecutive games, the longest streak since the 1983-84 season. They’ve been better than 50 percent in 14 of 19 games
- 14.4 seconds is all UK needs for a possession. Cal teams have never played this fast, ranked ninth in the country and second in the Power Five.
6. Bam could break an Anthony Davis record.
Even though I’m not a big fan of the “dunk” stat, if they keep track of it, it’s worth at least noting. Adebayo has 58 dunks this season, 34 behind Anthony Davis’ high of 92. These dunks against UofL are three of my favorites.
7. The Cats have 2,222 wins.
I don’t know what you call a person who appreciates symmetry in numbers (i.e. November 12, 2013, 11/12/13, 07/07/07, etc.) but I am one of those people and I think 2,222 wins is pretty neat. Appreciate it for a day, because it will likely be gone tomorrow.