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Some interesting notes and stats from last night


– Just to start, was that not one of the most awkward court stormings that you have ever seen? It just looked like something Vandy would have drawn up. By the way, it was against 16th-ranked Kentucky, a team with four in-conference losses, and Vandy had a winning record. Yes, I know they’re fighting for a tourney spot but still it wasn’t worth it, guys.

– Ulis went 5/20 and that’s why we lost. He is our floor general, and our morale leader. He couldn’t get things going yesterday, and we will not win with him taking 20 shots and only hitting 25% of them. Poythress and Skal were no-shows, but they aren’t our floor general and don’t carry the same impact on the team. Ulis made some uncharacteristic plays down the stretch and sometimes you have nights like that, but we had our chances to cut the lead down at the end and we didn’t get it done.

– Briscoe still can’t hit the broad side of a barn. God, it is so painful to watch this man shoot the basketball. His dribble drive mindset and terrific defense get him minutes on the floor, but he is an absolute liability shooting the basketball. I would be ok with Briscoe halting shooting jumpers for a while because it’s just not going in 65% of the time. His free-throw percentage alone tells the tale.

 Speaking of free throws, last night was the lowest percentage that UK shot from the free throw line this season, 10-23 (43.5%). That’s pretty terrible and you’re not going to win many games with those numbers. We missed 13 free throws and still had 3-4 chances at the end to make it a game. Calipari has seen what Jamal Murray this team can do, so I understand why he isn’t upset over problems with easy solutions.

 Statistically we foul significantly more on the road, and teams shoot more free throws against us. Yeah, seems pretty typical. The beauty of this stat, though, is that the NCAA tourney is played at neutral sites, so who cares. Moving on.

– Jamal. Murray. Can we just let this dude start spraying at will like Steph? He’s one of the best scorers to put on a UK jersey, and he’s only at the prime age of 19. He had 21 points in the first half and had the Cats rollin’ high on confidence early, but the rest of the team didn’t really feel like helping out yesterday. Only four players scored all game. He had over half the points for the Cats, and he is the only player to hit a three since Derek Willis got hurt.

We have lost 7/10 times teams have had 10 or more assists in a game against us this season, and yesterday was no exception. The Cats pride themselves on strong defense and our perimeter defense was just not there after the hot start. We looked like a young team missing assignments and not closing out in time, giving Vandy many open shots. Vandy didn’t even shoot that well and they still beat us (41.9%).

Article written by Kaan Solagan

Senior at the University of Kentucky. Atherton High School Alumnus. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - The Greatest

19 Comments for Some interesting notes and stats from last night

    11:12 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    We lost because Alex simply is soft. Not to mention Skal. Tyler had an off night sure, but either Alex of Skal take their dress off and play like men, we win.

  2. roundball fool
    11:22 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    We did not lose because Tyler had an off shooting night. We lost because our inside game was Marcus and that’s it. We got out hustled and out toughed by Vanderbilt. We can’t go far with Ulis & Murray as our only hopes. Willis and his injuries would be the wild card.

  3. The Rest of the story
    11:29 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    Skal absolutly no improvement since day one. He is just awful and cannot see any NBA team that would waste a pick on him. Alex just wastes his talent and plays so soft for a guy built like he is. With Brisco on the floor the other team only has to guard 4 players at most.
    This team without Willis will lose every game he is not playing and you can write that down. Cals refusal to press Vandy is what cost us the game he just does not care about the SEC period.

    • theSkinny81
      8:31 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Write it down. You heard it here first.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:45 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

      “he just ain’t don’t care bout no SEC!! Derp!!”

      How does this idiot come up with this shit?

  4. somerset bill
    11:34 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    tyler is not the reason we lost. the big men are the reason we have lost every game we have lost. it is easy to forget that since that is the norm.

    i will give tyler full blame, though for giving briscoe the ball when he has set up outside the 3 point line. the coach on the bench and the coach on the floor could stop that from happening if they would. friends don’t let friends brick 3’s.

  5. Game Changer
    12:13 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    Honestly… why are we freaking out!!! Not a bad loss at all. Lets take a look. Ulis had a terrible game… one of the few of his careers, Willis is on the bench, Skal was Skal, Poythress just couldn’t catch a break, officiating was terrible, shot sub 50% from the line… and we were still in the game. This was on the road at a tough arena. All is good

    • katfan33
      12:26 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

      Seriously?!?! Not a bad loss? You’re joking right?

  6. Catsby80
    12:15 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    your negativity, Kaan, is absolutely despicable. I’m not sure why half of these weekend writers are given the opportunity to write on this site, because it is clear that the majority of you all have zero understanding of athletics… With that being said, Tyler had 12 points on an off night, but still managed to dish out 6 assists. That means he was responsible for (at a minimum of 24 points) – better than a third of our total points. No, the real reason we lost is because we only had 4 players hit the point column the entire game and our inside presence was an absolute joke.

    For future reference, your negativity of UK athletics would be better served at Card Chronicle.

    Good day.

  7. Game Changer
    12:16 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    So what I am trying to say is that everything has to go wrong for us to lose a game in the tournament prior to the sweet 16… after that it will get tougher. I think this team is definitely an Elite 8 team… anything less and disappointment and anything more is an overachievement.

  8. katfan33
    12:25 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    Kaan, your writing is a joke!! Did you even bother watching the game? The lack of any good big men is what lost this game. Stick to your business school and leave the writing to those who know how. Stop saying “we”, you are not part of the team. I can’t get over how bad your sense of basketball and writing are. Unbelievable!!

    • Kaan Solagan
      3:30 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

      All you gotta do is scroll then, fella. Have a blessed sunday.

    • Rixter
      8:20 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

      No, Kaan… if YOU scroll thru each one of these comments, you’ll notice that you are alone among BBN in your opinion that Ulis lost that game. I agree with those commenting.. that it’s insane to ever say it was on Ulis bad night.

  9. RogerW
    1:21 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    Truth of the matter is, Ulis had an off night. He was horrible shooting the ball. If he hits his season average of .427% then we probably win.

    Of course we can point a lot of blame at a lot of other players. Let’s face it, we have won a lot of games with our “bigs” not showing up. We won’t win much with Tyler shooting 25%. Even the great ones have off shooting nights, Ulis just happen to have an off night and no one else (except Murray) stepped up to make up the difference.

    Stat of the game should be that our guards shot 50 of the 55 shot attempts we had. Just guessing, but I bet it’s a very rare thing that the whole front court of any team only gets 5 shots in a game.

    • cats paw
      1:57 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

      You (roger) get the Wendy’s call of the day. Under Cal, our entire big man game plan is to set back and hope you get a rebound or an occasional lob. UK has had 3 of the best bigs to ever play the game (boogie, Davis and towns) and rarely ever were plays run for them. Our bigs never stick out because they are resigned to be garbage men in the dribble drive offense. The fact that Anthony Davis took the 5th most shots on a team should tell you how much emphasis Cal puts on his bigs. Cals system works 85% of the time (couldn’t get much better) with the great guards he has but that certainly don’t mean he utilizes the big men as well as he could. If the guards have an off night, chances are they lose.

    • ThatsAShame
      4:55 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

      Wrong CP. We ran all kinds of stuff for Boogie and KAT. Flash back to ND game. Our entire offense ran through KAT.

  10. ekywildcat
    2:36 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    As badly as Poy and Skal played, of course, I don’t anyone expects much of those two on the reg, but if Ulis plays his regular game, we probably win. I hope Cal keeps Willis out until he’s a 100%, even if it means another possible loss or two. We’ll need him come tournament time.

  11. The Professor
    2:40 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    Kaan, don’t take to heart the rantings of a few angry fans. It is very easy to criticize and lose civility anonymously.

    • theSkinny81
      8:32 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Its the same ones posting the negative stuff over and over…..