UK Basketball: Individual Statistics and Trends

Eighteen games into the season, and the University of Kentucky stands at a heavenly 18-0.  Even more blissful to Big Blue fans everywhere is the fact that UK is on the verge of being the No. 1 ranked team in all the land (with a little cooperation from our good buddy John Pelphrey and his Arkansas Razorbacks) for the first time since March of 2003.  Who woulda thunk it? 

For a comprehensive look at how the 'Cats have attained such lofty achievements, we'll scour the player's individual statistics, as well as delve into developing trends among those who play for our pleasure.  Follow me to a bean counter's nirvana, after the jump:

Note -- There seems to be a quirk in the system that won't allow me to properly align the stats under the heading, "SEC Play."  I apologize for the asymmetrical look of the column.

John Wall

Season -- 17 Games                                         SEC Play -- Three Games

Minutes Per Game -- 33.7                                               34.7

Points Per Game -- 17.1 (290 points)                           16.3

Field Goals -- 96-193 (49.7%)                                        15-37 (40.5%)

Three-point FG -- 14-43 (34.9%)                                     2-10 (20.0%) 

Free Throws -- 83-105 (79.0%)                                       17-21 (80.9%)

Rebounds --  63 (3.7 pg)                                                  10 (3.3 pg)

Offensive Rebs -- 10 (.6 pg)                                             3 (1.0 pg)

Assists -- 117 (6.9 pg)                                                      15 (5.0 pg)

Turnovers -- 69 (4.1 pg)                                                    12 (4.0 pg)

Blocks -- 7 (.4 pg)                                                               1 (.3 pg)

Steals -- 35 (2.1 pg)                                                           2 (.7 pg)

John Wall Trend Notes

Wall has shot under 42.0% in two of three SEC games.

In the first eight games of the year, Wall made 50 of 89 field goal attempts (56.2%); in his last nine games he is 46-104 from the floor (44.2%).

In his first 12 games, Wall made 12 of 27 three-point attempts (44.4%); in his last five games, Wall is 3 of 16 from beyond the arc (18.8%).  In those same five games Wall has made 21-40 two-point shots (52.5%).

Wall has made 81 of 150 two-point shots (54.0%) on the season.

Wall has averaged 4.8 assists over the last four games, after averaging 7.5 assists per game through the first 13 contests.

Through his first eight games of the year, Wall averaged 4.8 turnovers per game; in his last nine games he's averaging 3.4 turnovers per game.

Through his first eight games of the season, Wall averaged 3.0 steals per game; in his last nine games he's averaging 1.2 steals per game.

Through his first 10 games, Wall averaged 18.0 points per game; his last seven games he's averaging 15.7 points per game.

Wall has had only one single-digit scoring game this season -- Nine points against Hartford.  That happens to be the game in which he dished out a Kentucky single-game record 16 assists.

In the five games in which Wall took single-digit shots, he averaged 9.0 assists; in the 12 games in which he took double-digit shots, he averaged 6.0 assists.

UK freshman records in peril -- Wall is only 174 points away from Rex Chapman's freshman scoring record of 464 points, which he attained in the '86-'87 season (29 games; 16.0 points per game).  If UK makes it to the SEC Tournament championship game, and the Elite Eight, then they would have 20 games left to play.  Wall would need to average only 8.7 points per game to shatter Chapman's record.

Wall is only 10 assists shy from breaking Dirk Minniefield's freshman assist record at UK, which stands at 126 assists in 34 games (3.7 assists per game), set in the '79-'80 season.

Overall single-season assist record in peril -- Wall is 116 assists away from breaking Roger Harden's record 232 assists (6.4 assists per game) in the '85-'86 season.  If Wall plays in 20 more games, he needs to average 5.8 assists per game to break the record.

Eric Bledsoe

Season -- 17 Games                                         SEC Play -- Three Games

Minutes Per Game -- 29.9                                               37.3

Points Per Game -- 11.4 (193 points)                          16.7

Field Goals -- 64-140 (45.7%)                                       18-36 (50.0%)

Three-point FGs -- 24-51 (47.1%)                                 6-12 (50.0%) 

Free Throws -- 41-53 (77.4%)                                        8-10 (80.0%)

Rebounds --  48 (2.8 pg)                                                12 (4.0 pg)

Offensive Rebs -- 8 (.5 pg)                                              2 (.7 pg)

Assists -- 51 (3.0 pg)                                                       8 (2.7 pg)

Turnovers -- 59 (3.5 pg)                                                  8 (2.7 pg)

Blocks -- 6 (.4 pg)                                                             00

Steals -- 24 (1.4 pg)                                                         8 (2.7 pg)

Eric Bledsoe Trend Notes

Since scoring in double-digits in five of his first 12 games, Bledsoe has now scored in double-digits five straight games.

Bledsoe has made 50.0% of his shots only once in the last six games.

Bledsoe is 40 of 89 on his two-pointers for the season (44.9%).

Bledsoe has taken double-digit shots in four of the last five games, after taking double-digit shots in four of the first 12 games.

He has committed 19 turnovers in his last seven games (2.7 pg), after committing 40 miscues in his first 10 games (4.0 pg).

In his first 12 games, Bledsoe recorded 13 steals (1.1 pg); in his last five games he's pilfered the opponent 11 times (2.2 pg).

Since playing 17 minutes versus Drexel six games ago, Bledsoe is averaging 34.4 minutes per game.

Bledsoe has made 14 of his last 16 free throws (87.5%) over the last four games.

Bledsoe grabbed only one offensive rebound through his first 10 games; in the last seven games he's snagged seven offensive boards (1.0 pg).

Through his first 10 games, Bledsoe committed 26 fouls (2.6 pg); in the last seven games he's committed nine fouls (1.3 pg).

Darius Miller

Season -- 18 Games                                         SEC Play -- Three Games

Minutes Per Game -- 24.3                                              20.0

Points Per Game -- 7.3 (132 points)                            5.7

Field Goals -- 46-110 (41.8%)                                      6-14 (42.9%)

Three-Point FGs -- 27-65 (41.5%)                               2-8 (25.0%)

Free Throws -- 13-16 (81.3%)                                      3-5 (60.0%)

Rebounds -- 48 (2.7 pg)                                                7 (2.3 pg)

Off. Rebounds -- 17 (.9 pg)                                           3 (1.0 pg)

Assists -- 32 (1.8 pg)                                                      2 (.7 pg)

Turnovers -- 19 (1.1 pg)                                                 2 (.7 pg)

Blocks -- 11 (.6 pg)                                                         2 (.7 pg)

Steals -- 11 (.6 pg)                                                         1 (.3 pg)

Darius Miller Trend Notes

Through the first nine games of the season, Miller averaged 29.3 minutes per game; through the last nine games he's averaging 19.3 mpg.

Miller has scored in double-digits four times this season.

Miller has made 19 of 45 two-point shots (42.2%).

He has taken free throws in only five games.

Through his first six games of the year, Miller averaged 4.0 rebounds per game; through the last 12 games he's averaging 2.0 rpg.

Through the first 14 games of the season in which Miller attempted a three-pointer (he didn't attempt any versus U of L), he made over 40.0% of his three-point shots in nine of those games, but he's reached that mark in none of his last three games.

Through the first 12 games of the season, Miller dished out 25 assists (2.1 pg), but in his last six games he's recorded only seven dimes (1.2 pg).

DeMarcus Cousins 

Season -- 18 Games                                         SEC Play - Three Games                                        

Minutes Per Game -- 20.3                                               26.0

Points Per Game -- 15.3 (276 points)                          15.0

Field Goals -- 101-186 (54.3%)                                     15-27 (55.6%)

Three-Point FGs -- 1-4 (25.0%)                                      0-1

Free Throws -- 73-115 (63.5%)                                     15-23 (65.2%)

Rebounds -- 167 (9.3 pg)                                               23 (7.7 pg)

Off. Rebounds -- 70 (3.9 pg)                                          10 (3.3 pg)

Assists -- 16 (.9 pg)                                                         4 (1.3 pg)

Turnovers -- 32 (1.8 pg)                                                  5 (1.7 pg)

Blocks -- 33 (1.8 pg)                                                        6 (2.0 pg)

Steals -- 16 (.9 pg)                                                           4 (1.3 pg)

DeMarcus Cousins Trend Notes

Cousins leads the team in the following categories -- .75 points per minute played (Patterson and Wall are both at .51); .46 rebounds per minute played (Orton is at .26, Patterson .24); .19 offensive rebounds per minute played (Patterson is at .10, Orton .09)

Cousins took only six shots in 30 minutes of action in UK's game versus Auburn last weekend.

Through his first nine games, Cousins made 29-56 free throws (51.8%); in his last nine games he's made 44 of 59 free throws (74.5%).

Through the pre-conference schedule, Cousins averaged taking 6.4 free throws per game; in SEC play he's averaging 7.7 free throws per game.

Through his first 11 games, Cousins had six steals (.5 pg); through his last seven games he's recorded 10 steals (1.4 pg).

Through his first 12 games, Cousins handed out four assists (.3 pg); through his last six games he's dished out 12 assists (2.0 pg).

Through his first 10 games, Cousins committed 36 fouls (3.6 pg), and was disqualified twice; in his last eight games he's committed 22 fouls (2.8 pg), with zero DQ's.

Cousins has taken double-digit shots in 12 of 18 games.

Cousins has made 50.0% or less of his shots in eight games -- In those eight games he's a combined 38-90 (42.2%).  In the other eight games he's made a combined 63 of 96 shots (65.6%).

Cousins has nine double-digit rebounding efforts, and nine double-doubles this season.

UK freshman single-season rebounding record in peril -- Chris Mills ('88-'89) currently holds the freshman rebounding record with 277 rebounds in 32 games (8.7 rpg).  Cousins has grabbed 167 boards, which leaves him 110 rebounds shy.  If Cousins plays in 20 more games, he needs to average only 5.5 rebounds to break the record.

UK freshman single-season blocked shot record in peril --  Jamal Magloire ('96-'97) holds the frosh blocked shot record with 79 in 40 games (1.9 pg).  Cousins currently has 33 blocks, which leaves him 46 shy of the record.  If he plays in 20 more games he needs to average 2.3 blocks per game to beat Magloire's record.

Patrick Patterson

Season -- 18 Games                                         SEC Play -- Three Games

Minutes Per Game -- 32.3                                              36.7 

Points Per Game -- 16.3 (294 points)                          14.7

Field Goals -- 121-192 (63.0%)                                     19-30 (63.3%)

Three-point FGs -- 10-24 (41.7%)                                 0-3

Free Throws -- 42-70 (60.0%)                                        6-10 (60.0%)

Rebounds -- 142 (7.9 pg)                                                18 (6.0 pg)

Off. Rebounds -- 60 (3.3 pg)                                            6 (2.0)

Assists -- 23 (1.3 pg)                                                         5 (1.7 pg)

Turnovers -- 17 (.9 pg)                                                       4 (1.3 pg)

Blocks -- 15 (.8 pg)                                                             2 (.7 pg)

Steals -- 8 (.4 pg)                                                                2 (.7 pg)

Patrick Patterson Trend Notes

Patterson took only six shots in 36 minutes of action in UK's game at Auburn last weekend.

Patterson has not made a three-point shot since the U of L game (four games ago).

Patterson has made 111 of 168 two-point shots (66.1%).

Through the first 11 games, PPat snagged 47 offensive rebounds (4.3 pg); in the last seven games he's grabbed only 13 offensive boards (1.9 pg)

Through the first 13 contests, Patterson recorded six double-digit rebounding games; in the last five games the most boards he's corralled is seven.

Since making 6 of 11 shots versus Long Beach State (54.5%) five games ago, Patterson has made 31 of 48 shots (64.6%).

Through the first 10 games of the year, Patterson dished out six assists (.6 pg); in the last eight games he has 17 assists (2.1 pg).

Through the first 11 games of the year, Patterson had two steals (.2 pg); over the last seven games he has six steals (.9 pg).

Over the last four games Patterson is averaging 37 minutes per game.

Patterson had six double-doubles through the first 13 games, none in the last five.

Daniel Orton

Season -- 18 Games                                         SEC Play -- Three Games

Minutes Per Game -- 13.6                                              10.7

Points Per Game -- 3.6 (64 points)                              2.7

Field Goals -- 22-49 (44.9%)                                         2-8 (25.0%)

Three-Point FGs -- 0-1                                                    00

Free Throws -- 20-34 (58.8%)                                       4-9 (44.4%)

Rebounds -- 64 (3.6 pg)                                                 15 (5.0 pg)

Offensive Rebs -- 22 (1.2 pg)                                         6 (2.0 pg)

Assists -- 13 (.7 pg)                                                         1 (.3 pg)

Turnovers -- 17 (.9 pg)                                                    3 (1.0 pg)

Blocks -- 27 (1.5 pg)                                                        6 (2.0 pg)

Steals -- 13 (.7 pg)                                                          1 (.3 pg)

Daniel Orton Trend Notes

Orton leads the team with .11 blocks per minute played (Cousins is at .09, Patterson .03).

Through the first nine games, Orton recorded 16 blocks (1.8 pg); in the last nine games he has 11 blocks (1.2 pg).

Orton has played single-digit minutes in three of the last four games, after playing double-digit minutes in 12 of the first 14 games.  He played 20+ minutes twice in the first five games, but he's logged over 18 minutes in any game since then.

Orton has made at least 50.0% of his shots in six games (he's at 44.9% on the year).  He's a combined 19-32 (59.4%) in those games; in the remaining nine games in which he has taken a shot he's 3 of 20 (15.0%).

Through the first 11 games, Orton was 16-24 from the free throw line (66.7%), which is an average of 2.2 free throws per game.  In the last seven games he's only 4-10 (40.0%), and averaging 1.4 free throws per game.

Orton recorded 16 offensive rebounds in the first 12 games (1.3 pg), the next three games he had no offensive boards, but in his last three games he's grabbed six (2.0 pg).

He committed 31 fouls in his first 10 games (3.1 pg), with three disqualifications; in his last eight games he's committed 14 fouls (1.8 pg) with zero DQs.

Darnell Dodson

Season -- 15 Games                                          SEC Play -- Three Games 

Minutes Per Game -- 15.4                                               10.0

Points Per Game -- 7.1 (107 points)                              3.0

Field Goals -- 36-90 (40.0%)                                           3-10 (30.0%)

Three-Point FGs -- 24-62 (38.7%)                                  3-9 (33.3%)

Free Throws -- 11-16 (68.8%)                                         0-1

Rebounds -- 40 (2.7 pg)                                                   4 (1.3 pg)

Offensive Rebs -- 12 (.8 pg)                                             00

Assists -- 11 (.7 pg)                                                           00                                               

Turnovers -- 15 (1.0 pg)                                                    2 (.7 pg)                                              

Blocks -- 5 (.3 pg)                                                               00

Steals -- 8 (.5 pg)                                                               1 (.3 pg)

Darnell Dodson Trend Notes

Dodson averaged 18.5 minutes per game through his first eight games, only 11.9 his last seven.

Since going 6 of 10 from beyond the arc against Hartford (60.0%), Dodson has made 3 of his last 13 three-point shots (23.1%) over the last four games.

Dodson has made 12 of 28 two-point shots (42.9%) on the season.

Dodson has recorded one assist over the last six games.

Through his first nine games, Dodson recorded six steals (.7 pg); over his last six games he's recorded two steals (,3 pg).

In the last six games, Dodson is 10 of 36 from the field (27.8%); in his first nine games he was 26 of 54 (48.1%).

Dodson snagged 12 offensive rebounds in his first 11 games (1.1 pg), but zero in his last four contests.

Ramon Harris

Season -- 18 Games                                         SEC Play -- Three Games

Minutes Per Game -- 15.6                                              7.0

Points Per Game -- 2.6 (46 points)                              0.0

Field Goals -- 15-40 (37.5%)                                         0-2

Three-Point FGs -- 3-17 (17.6%)                                  0-1

Free Throws -- 13-23 (56.5%)                                      0-0

Rebounds -- 58 (3.2 pg)                                                3 (1.0 pg)

Offensive Rebs -- 21 (1.2 pg)                                       1 (.3 pg)

Assists -- 16 (.9 pg)                                                        00

Turnovers -- 20 (1.1 pg)                                                2 (.7 pg)

Blocks -- 4 (.2 pg)                                                          1 (.3 pg)

Steals -- 7 (.4 pg)                                                           00

Ramon Harris Trend Notes

Harris missed his first nine three-point attempts; he's made three of his last eight (37.5%).

Harris has one steal in his last 12 games (180 minutes played).

He committed 13 turnovers through his first eight games (1.6 pg); in his last 10 games he's turned it over seven times (.7 pg).

Harris missed his first six shots of the season (four games); he's made 15 of 34 shots (44.1%) since then.

Harris has taken zero free throws over his last four games (44 minutes played).

Harris recorded 21 offensive rebounds through the first six games (3.5 pg); in the last 12 games he has 16 offensive boards (1.3 pg).

Harris has made 12 of 23 two-point shots (52.2%) on the year.

DeAndre Liggins

Season -- Nine Games                                      SEC Play -- Three Games

Minutes Per Game -- 11.0                                               11.3             

Points Per Game -- 2.7 (24 points)                                3.7

Field Goals -- 9-15 (60.0%)                                             4-6 (66.7%)

Three-Point FGs -- 4-7 (57.1%)                                      1-2 (50.0%)

Free Throws -- 2-2 (100.0%)                                           2-2 (100.0%)

Rebounds -- 10 (1.1 pg)                                                  4 (1.3 pg)

Off. Rebs -- 4 (.4 pg)                                                         1 (.3 pg)

Assists -- 4 (.4 pg)                                                             00

Turnovers -- 2 (.2 pg)                                                        2 (.7 pg)

Blocks -- 00                                                                         00

Steals -- 4 (.4 pg)                                                               3 (1.0 pg)

DeAndre Liggins Trend Notes

Liggins did not play in UK's first nine games.

Liggins recorded three rebounds through his first eight games, then had three versus Auburn last weekend.

Liggins dished out four assists through his first six games; none his last three.

He has had four steals over the last four games, after having zero his first five games.

Liggins has made less than 50.0% of his shots in only one game -- 1-3 against Long Beach State.

Liggins has made 5 of 8 two-point shots (62.5%).

See-saw minutes -- Over the last four games, Liggins has played eight, 14, six, and 14 minutes.

Liggins has attempted free throws in only one game this season (Georgia).

Thanks for reading, and Go 'Cats!

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