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.