Tennessee at Kentucky -- Statistical breakdown

Here is the statistical comparison between Tennessee and Kentucky.

If the last game looked like a mismatch, this one looks even worse.   But that's the way it goes.

There's really not too much good to find in these statistics for UK.  I'm a little surprised that we are so close to UT in defensive points/possession, which tells me their half-court defense isn't that good.  The problem is, they try to get the pace very high so they can bomb away early in the shot clock.  I'll have more later in my game analysis, but I believe that if we can control the tempo like we did against Vanderbilt, we have a shot at this game.  Vandy tried to play a high-pace game with Tennessee, and we all saw how well that worked for them.  If UT gets this game above 70 possessions, we are unlikely to win.

The biggest thing that Kentucky can do to help their cause today is shoot the ball better, and continue to play hard on the defensive end.  Pearl may not play as much screen and roll as Florida does, but everybody on their team can shoot the ball from the perimeter, and when you have a weapon like Chris Lofton, life is usually hard for the opposing team.  If you are a UK fan, you just have to hope that we get our best effort of the year tonight on both ends of the floor, because that's what it will take.

Thanks again to Statsheet.com and Basketball State for the statistical data.


Statistic UT UK Comments
Overall 16-1 7-9
Conference 3-0 1-2
Home 10-0 7-4
Away 3-0 0-4
Top 25 2-1 1-2
RPI Top 50 5-1 2-3
Ranking 13 NR BlogPoll
RPI 1 179 !
SOS 3 56 !
National rankings UT UK Comments
FG% 76 66
2 pt FG% 36 45
3 pt FG% 160 170
Possessions 75.1 69.6 We will try to control
Offensive Pts/Possession 9 125 As you'd expect
Defensive Pts/Possession 68 84 Not that bad
TO/gm 21 297 Yech.
APG 2 159 !
A/TO 1 248 UK=Ugly
Rebounds 33 126 Hmm...

Stat All Games Conference Games

UT UK UT UK Delta (adjusted for games played for all games) Comments
Total Games 17 16 3 3 1
Wins 16 7 3 1 9
Losses 1 9 0 2 -8
Pct 0.94 0.44 1 0.33 0.5
Field Goals Made 511 404 87 72 81.75
Field Goals Attempted 1100 865 192 176 180.94
Field Goal Percentage 0.47 0.47 0.45 0.41 0 Surprising. But SEC stat isn't as promising
Free Throws Made 271 246 43 51 9.63
Free Throws Attempted 415 323 63 66 71.81
Free Throw Percentage 0.65 0.76 0.68 0.77 -0.11 Always a plus
3pt Field Goals Made 162 100 28 18 55.75
3pt Field Goals Attempted 457 284 72 58 155.25
3pt Field Goal Percentage 0.35 0.35 0.39 0.31 0 Again, a bit surprising, but we are slumping. Are we due for a breakout?
Points 1455 1154 245 213 228.88
Points Per Game 85.6 72.1 81.7 71 13.5 Huge.
Rebounds 660 600 129 128 22.5
Rebounds Per Game 38.8 37.5 43 42.7 1.3
Offensive Rebounds 243 172 46 43 60.25
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 14.3 10.8 15.3 14.3 3.5 We have to do better than this.
Defensive Rebounds 392 390 79 72 -22.38
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 23.1 24.4 26.3 24 -1.3 This has been a weakness for UT all year. Can we exploit it?
Assists 344 217 55 35 127
Assists Per Game 20.2 13.6 18.3 11.7 6.6 Just wow.
Steals 193 126 25 27 67
Steals Per Game 11.4 7.9 8.3 9 3.5 No surprise, but closer than we may have expected.
Turnovers 210 274 38 48 -64
Turnovers Per Game 12.4 17.1 12.7 16 -4.7 No surprise.
Blocks 54 70 11 10 -16
Blocks Per Game 3.2 4.4 3.7 3.3 -1.2 At least we have an advantage in something.
Fouls 335 339 62 70 -4
Fouls Per Game 19.7 21.2 20.7 23.3 -1.5 The only team in the SEC that fouls as much as we do.
Disqualifications 0 13 0 4 -13


I'll have more pre-game analysis in a separate post, as usual.

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