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Some concerning statistics through nine games


You’re looking at the updated statistics through nine games in the 2015-16 basketball season. Some of them jump out, and not for good reasons…


Skal Labissiere averages the same amount of rebounds as Tyler Ulis.

Kentucky’s big man hauls in a third of a rebound more than its point guard, who is over a foot shorter than him with a much shorter wingspan. Labissiere’s lack of aggressiveness on the glass is a major concern around Big Blue Nation right now and this statistic proves just how bad it is for the center who was once projected as the top overall pick in next summer’s NBA Draft.

There’s no reason why Labissiere, the tallest man of the floor at all times, should be rebounding at the same rate as Ulis, the shortest man on the floor at all times.

Kentucky has gone ice cold from outside.

UK’s starting trio of guards are a combined 30-for-99 from three-point range on the year. Factor in Alex Poythress’ 0-for-7, Dominique Hawkins’ 1-for-8 and Charles Matthews’ 1-for-4, and it has been a very bad start to the season with the deep ball.

For Kentucky to do what it hopes to do this season, shooting from Ulis and Murray, at the very least, will need to improve.

The Cats currently rank 327th in three-point field goal percentage.

For a guard, Isaiah Briscoe may be the worst free throw shooter ever.

Briscoe does so many things well, but shooting free throws is not one of them. A guard that is so good at taking it to the rack and drawing fouls HAS to do better at the line.

41 percent is inexcusable, although he did earn everyone in Pauley Pavilion free Jack In The Box by missing both attempts in one trip against UCLA.

Foul trouble for Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere.

Poythress and Labissiere have each fouled out of a game this season, and Poythress has played with four fouls on four other occasions. With UK’s lack of depth inside, this can, has and will again hurt Kentucky in some games.

A big part of the problem is they are falling for pump fakes and leaving their feet too early. There has to be some game film of Nerlens Noel laying around the Craft Center somewhere, right?

Jamal Murray needs to take care of the ball.

For all of the amazing shots and plays Murray makes, he also has an erratic one that leads to a turnover. Murray currently averages over three turnovers per game and is among college basketball’s worst in that category.


But the season, like the team, is still young.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

19 Comments for Some concerning statistics through nine games

  1. inside info2
    1:25 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    I’m not too worried yet. We have had a lot of these same problems each year. Most of them will be corrected. Bottom line is this team won’t be as great as last years. We will lose about 7 games. But I still think we have a great chance of making the Final Four.

  2. SoCalCat
    1:38 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Yum. Still have my Jumbo Jack coupon at home. A GREAT marketing idea that some burger joint in Lexington should look into.

  3. SoCalCat
    1:41 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Also, is there any chatter around the team that there could be returning players not currently envisioned at the start of the season, making next year a platoon team again?

  4. mobile2
    1:51 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Skal…I admit I’m more concerned about his development than I ever was about KAT or AD because he’s WEAK with the ball and gets pushed around by much smaller players. You can see the offensive skill & smoothness but he’s not played much real basketball the past couple of years…I wonder if cal didn’t buy a bill of goods with this kid. Color me skeptical.

  5. Sentient Third Eye
    2:16 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Skal needs to get physically stronger, but that’s not his biggest problem. Opponents abuse him mostly because he hesitates. It’s easy to strip a player who is just standing still thinking about what to do next. Even on rebounds, he is thinking too much. He doesn’t instinctively go after the rock.

  6. stormplay
    2:23 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    If only you could decline fouls in basketball…would certainly help this group of free throw challenged kids.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:25 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

      The funny thing is, most of them have very good basic mechanics when shooting FT’s. Marcus is really the only one where you look at his form at the FT line and just wince.

  7. RealCatsFan
    2:24 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Drew, it would be interesting to have similar stats through 9 games for the other teams that Cal has coached at UK for comparison. I recall us having a shaky start in 2011 and 2014. But both of those years we had a center who could rebound and put a decent sized butt on an opponent.

  8. Bluebloodtoo
    6:40 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Does everything I submit require moderation?

  9. Bluebloodtoo
    6:41 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Apparently not. Must be some type of text trigger.

  10. Bluebloodtoo
    6:41 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Sure wish this wasn’t so hard to post

  11. Bluebloodtoo
    6:41 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    J Mur — TO every 10.3 minutes played
    I Hump — TO every 10.5 minutes played

  12. Bluebloodtoo
    6:42 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Is Brisc — TO every 12.5 minutes played
    S Labi — TO every 12.7 minutes played

  13. Bluebloodtoo
    6:42 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Char Mat — TO every 15 minutes played

  14. Bluebloodtoo
    6:44 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    So I can’t post things too fast either. WOW. you guys gotta figure this out better or actually moderate things. This is stoopid.

  15. mobile2
    8:27 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Son..put down the pipe and step away from the keyboard.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      10:28 am December 11, 2015 Permalink

      I apologize if expecting the website to work is too much. I guess I should just lower my expectations so that everything is ok.

  16. Leuther
    9:05 pm December 10, 2015 Permalink

    Good analysis, Drew. As usual, we’ll lose games due to poor/unclutch FT shooting. Just hope it’s not in the Final 4 as in the past…