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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Who Sees the Floor in the Clutch is Becoming Quite Clear

Denny Medley | USA Today

Denny Medley | USA Today

Denny Medley | USA Today

A few weeks ago I broke down how the minutes were being shared during crunch time in the Cats close games.  That post was made following the Tennessee loss.  Since that time, UK has played in 5 games that were close in the final minutes.  For the purpose of this post, clutch time is defined as any game that was within 2 possessions (6 points) inside the final 4 minutes of the game.  At the time following the Tennessee loss, a couple trends were obvious in crunch time.  Monk and Fox scored over 75% of the points and took a similar percentage of shots.  Monk did a lot of 3-point shooting in the clutch and not as much getting to the basket.  Willis was playing over Gabriel.  And Bam was not getting the ball at all.  So, has anything changed?  Below are the stats in the final 4 minutes (or overtimes) of “clutch” games since then and at the bottom is the combined season stats in clutch time:

KANSAS
(4:00) Monk: 6 points, 1-2 fg, 1-2 3p, 3-3 ft, 1 turnover
(4:00) Adebayo: 2 points, 1 rebound, 2-2 ft
(4:00) Briscoe: 4 points, 1-2 fg, 0-1 3p, 2-2 ft, 1 assist
(3:56) Fox: 0 points, 0-1 fg, 0-1, 3p
(3:08) Willis: 2 rebounds
(:56) Hawkins: no stats

GEORGIA (includes overtime)
(9:00) Monk: 10 points, 1 rebound, 3-7 fg, 2-3 3p, 2-2 ft, 1 block, 1 assist, 1 turnover
(9:00) Adebayo: 6 points, 1-2 fg, 4-6 ft, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal
(9:00) Briscoe: 2 points, 0-1 fg, 2-4 ft, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover
(8:21) Hawkins: 2 points, 1-2 fg, 0-1 3p, 1 rebound
(7:32) Willis: 0 points, 0-1 fg, 0-1 3p, 1 steal, 1 assist
(1:54) Gabriel: no stats
(:13) Humphries: no stats

ALABAMA
(4:00) Monk: 5 points, 1-2 fg, 3-4 ft
(4:00) Briscoe: 4 points, 2-2 fg, 0-1 ft, 1 rebound
(4:00): Gabriel: no stats
(3:46) Fox: 2 points, 1-2 fg, 1 assist, 1 steal
(3:24) Willis: 3 points, 1-1 fg, 1-1 3p, 1 rebound
(:36) Humphries: no stats
(:12) Hawkins: no stats

GEORGIA (2nd meeting)
(4:00) Fox: 12 points, 3-5 fg, 0-1 3p, 6-6 ft, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover
(4:00) Monk: 4 points, 0-1 fg, 0-1 3p, 4-4 ft, 1 rebound, 1 steal
(4:00) Adebayo: 1 point, 1-2 ft, 1 rebound, 1 block
(3:52) Hawkins: no stats
(3:25) Willis: 1 rebound
(:43) Gabriel: no stats

MISSOURI
(4:00) Monk: 2 points, 0-1 fg, 0-1 3p, 2-2 ft, 1 rebound
(4:00) Adebayo: 2 rebounds, 1 turnover
(4:00) Fox: 4 points, 1-1 fg, 2-2 ft, 1 assist
(3:39) Hawkins: 1 point, 1-2 ft, 1 steal
(3:11) Willis: 2 points, 1-2 fg, 0-1 3p
(1:10) Briscoe: no stats

COMBINED CRUNCH TIME STATS (49 total minutes)
(49:00 min) Monk: 52 points, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk, 3 to, 12-28 fg, 8-18 3p, 20-23 ft
(41:47 min) Adebayo: 19 points, 15 reb, 2 blk, 1 stl, 1 to, 4-6 fg, 11-18 ft
(40:47 min) Briscoe: 21 points, 6 reb, 8 ast, 2 to, 7-14 fg, 1-5 3p, 6-9 ft
(38:31 min) Willis: 9 points, 8 reb, 1 stl, 1 ast, 3-5 fg, 2-4 3p, 1-2 ft
(37:35 min) Fox: 45 points, 4 reb, 5 ast, 4 stl, 4 to, 14-22 fg, 2-7 3p, 15-18 ft
(20:58 min) Hawkins: 3 points, 1 reb, 1 stl, 1-2 fg, 0-1 3p, 1-2 ft
(12:23 min) Gabriel: 2 rebounds, 1 turnover
(3:59 min) Humphries: 1 rebound

OVERALL: 149 points, 17 assists, 11 turnovers, 41-77 fg, 13-35 3p, 54-72 ft

Thoughts

  1. Nothing has changed it terms of who is getting the ball.  Fox and Monk, Monk and Fox.  They have scored 97 of the 149 points in crunch time.  They have taken 50 of the 77 shots taken in crunch time.  Add in Briscoe and that number becomes 64 of the 77 shots taken.  Which leads us to:
  2. Bam is just not going to get the ball in the crunch.  6 total shots in 41 minutes of game action.
  3. Hawkins playing time is increasing.  The Hawk is starting to see some serious minutes, in part because Fox got hurt but also he is becoming more effective in the clutch too and Briscoe’s play has declined.
  4. Willis is still seeing much more action than Gabriel.
  5. Those calling for Mulder don’t actually know what he would give you in a pressure situation because he hasn’t seen the floor for 1 second.
  6. Humphries minutes have basically disappeared in the clutch.

It’s not hard to see that Monk, Fox, Briscoe, Willis, and Bam are the 5 guys in the clutch for UK.  If Willis is bad or Bam is in foul trouble, you might see some Gabriel.  And Hawkins is there in a pinch as well.  But now with 10 close games under his belt this season, it seems clear to me who is going to be on the floor at the end of games.

Are you good with those 5 and how they have handled pressure situations so far?

 

Article written by Bryan the Intern

1 Comment for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Who Sees the Floor in the Clutch is Becoming Quite Clear



  1. Sentient Third Eye
    9:40 am February 23, 2017 Permalink

    I honestly like our chances come tourney time. There are no great teams and no “very good” teams in the country this year, but we are one of about fifteen “pretty good” ones. Given that, our raw talent advantage over everyone except maybe Duke or Kansas gives us good odds.