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SI.com has UK’s new ranking and Skal’s statistical comparison to former UK bigs

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Luke Winn of SportsIllustrated.com does a solid job with his weekly College Basketball Power Rankings. This week, he ranks Kentucky at No. 6 on his list, trailing Michigan State, North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma and Maryland, respectively.

But it’s Winn’s analysis of Kentucky’s ranking that caught my attention this week. He pointed out that Isaiah Briscoe is second on the team in defensive-rebound percentage, which is good for this team because Skal Labissiere is toward the bottom in rebounding in the John Calipari era.

Winn used a chart to show Labissiere is the lightest-rebounding freshman big Cal has had at Kentucky. Only Kyle Wiltjer ranks lower in rebounding percentage for a first-year player. Furthermore, Skal’s 8.9% offensive rebounding is the worst of all 15 forwards and centers.

You can see how all of Cal’s UK freshmen stack up, as well as Winn’s entire rankings, over at SI.com.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for SI.com has UK’s new ranking and Skal’s statistical comparison to former UK bigs



  1. Big Kat
    4:37 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Yikes.



  2. Angelo
    4:44 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Skal is still learning. Once he builds strength in his butt and legs, he will be Ok.



  3. Dee
    4:49 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Did SI just rip off BTI???? I swear BTI posted this……..

    just shows how SI sucks….



  4. Long Dong Silver
    5:32 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Oklahoma…over ranked again.



  5. tkat
    6:24 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    I believe Skal will not come around. I think he is just like a Ryan Harrow, a player who can not handle tough love from Cal and the glaring spotlight of Kentucky. Skal has the skill set, but not the mind set. Hope I turn out to be wrong.