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How many categories does UK rank in the Top 10 nationally?


By now, it’s clear that Kentucky is the best team in the nation. While the pollsters agree almost unanimously, I thought it would be interesting to see where UK ranks in each statistical category individually. Using as my source, here is every category in which UK currently stands in the top 10:

Scoring Offense

Average scoring margin: 1st (+31.6)
Average 2nd half margin: 1st (+17.6)
Average 1st half margin: 5th (+14.0)
Floor percentage: 6th (56.4%)
Points from 2 pointers: 6th (45.2)

Scoring Defense

Opponents points per game: 1st (45.4)
Defensive efficiency: 1st (.669)
Opponent floor percentage: 1st (32.4%)
Opponent second half points per game: 1st (21.9)
Opponent points from 2 pointers: 1st (20.0)
Opponent non-blocks 2 point percentage: 1st (39.8%)
Opponent first half points per game: 4th (23.5)

Shooting defense

Opponent shooting percentage: 1st (28.2%)
Opponent effective field goal percentage: (32.5%)
Opponent 2 point percentage: 1st (29.6%)
Opponent true shooting percentage: 1st (75.7%)
Opponent field goals made per game: 1st (14.5)


Offensive Rebounding percentage: 1st (46.1%)
Offensive Rebounds per game: 4th (14.6)
Total Rebounding percentage: 7th (57.8%)

Opponent Rebounding

Opponent defensive rebounding percentage: 1st (53.9%)
Opponent defensive rebounds per game: 7th (17.1)

Opponent Assists and Turnovers

Opponent assists per game: 1st (6.0)
Opponent assists per possession: 1st (.088)
Opponent assist: turnover ratio: 1st (.324)
Opponent turnovers per possession: 4th (27.3%)
Opponent turnovers per offensive play: 7th (23.6%)
Opponent turnovers per game: 8th (18.5)

Blocks and Steals

Blocks per game: 1st (8.6)
Block percentage: 1st (16.7%)


Team Effective Possession Ratio: 3rd (1.055)
Extra scoring chances per game: 3rd (11.6)

Clearly, defense and offensive rebounding are this team’s strengths. Once the offense (particularly, shooting percentage) gets going.. look out.

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

4 Comments for How many categories does UK rank in the Top 10 nationally?

  1. Sublem
    12:54 pm December 7, 2014 Permalink

    Thats just ridiculous

  2. Time Expired
    1:23 pm December 7, 2014 Permalink

    And just wait till this team plays 30 to 40% better. There will be no words to describe it. Someone will have to come up with a new word that would describe this team and that word would only and forever apply to this UK team. Wow just think of the hate of all other colleges toward UK because we would own that word forever.

  3. BeastCat
    1:49 pm December 7, 2014 Permalink

    Wow! When you look at it like this………

  4. BeastCat
    1:50 pm December 7, 2014 Permalink

    And Roll Damn Tide! Ohio State is garbage and so is the B1G.