We've all been complaining about how many turnovers this year's edition of the Cats have had. But has it really been bad? And has it been worse than most years? I decided to take a look at Jon Scott's site to gather a little data.
Turnover information is only available on the site starting with the '79 team. For the thirty years since then, not including this year, UK has averaged just under 14.5 turnovers per game. The best years were '81, '85, and '86 with around 12.5 per game. The worst years, prior to the '09 team, were '80 with 16.1, '91 and '94 with 15.6 each, and '93 with 15.9. Last year's team was high also with 15.8. Interestingly, '05 and '06 were fairly low, with about 13 per game.
So, how about this year? The current team has averaged 17.2 turnovers per game, the highest on record. I would argue that 2.5 turnovers per game over the team's historical average is pretty significant.
Can we blame this turnover rate on the lack of a top-notch point guard? Probably in part, but the entire team has done its share contributing to the total. This team just has not handled the ball well, either dribbling or passing in traffic. I would propose to my fellow Wildcat fans that this is one, but only one, issue that must be solved before next season.