In John Calipari’s 6 years in Lexington, he has only had 1 team that went through the entire non-conference slate undefeated and that was his very first team in 2009-10. That team suffered an unfortunate loss in March or I think we would consider it in the same realm as the 2012 title team. Nonetheless, that team was able to defeat all 15 opponents in the non-conference that year, nothing to shake a fist at. And that team was absolutely dominant at times during that year. Just for fun though, take a look at the comparison between that team in the non-conference and this team:
Average Score: 83-64
Games Decided by 10 pts or less: 6
Games Decided by 30 pts or more: 3
Rebounding Margin: +11.5
Total Blocks: 112
vs North Carolina: Won by 2
vs Louisville: Won by 9
Record: 12-0 (1 to go)
Average Score: 77-48
Games Decided by 10 pts or less: 1
Games Decided by 30 pts or more: 6
Rebounding Margin: +10.2
Total Blocks: 104
vs North Carolina: Won by 14
vs Louisville: Won by ?????
The 2009-10 team was winning it’s non-conference games by 19 points per game. This team is winning their’s by 29 points per game. The first team beat Carolina by 2 and this one beat Carolina by 14. They rebound at a similar pace and this team blocks shots a little more often than that team. And certainly this team hasn’t played nearly the amount of close games as that team.
So let me ask you this question, just for a little friendly banter on this Holiday Week. What if I said I think that this team is at least 10 points better than that team based on these statistics? Would you consider that a crazy statement?