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Kentucky at Mississippi State -- Statistical comparison

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OK, for the record, here is our statistical comparison with Mississippi State.  Overall, we match up pretty evenly with the Bulldogs, except for one glaring case -- rebounding.  The Dawgs are 5th in the nation in rebounding at around 40/game, and that means that we are going to have to work very hard to keep them from dominating us on the glass.

Another place where MSU really excels is in blocked shots, averaging 4 more per game than Kentucky so far.  Also, our assist to turnover ratio is truly abysmal, and I don't see it getting any better with Meeks and Jasper banged up.  Both are game time decisions for Gillispie, but my guess is that we won't see either one of them tomorrow night, particularly Jasper.  They didn't practice today or yesterday, and Jasper is probably going to need at least a week to let that MCL heal up, but the very fact that he remains officially a "game time decision" is an indication that the MCL sprain is very minor, and that is good news indeed.

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

Statistic MSST UK Comments
Overall 11-5 7-7
Conference 2-0 1-0
Home 7-2 7-4
Away 3-1 0-2
Top 25 0-1 1-2
RPI Top 50 0-3 2-3
Ranking NR NR BlogPoll
RPI 97 177
SOS 119 71
National rankings MSST UK Comments
FG% 93 37
2 pt FG% 21 31
3 pt FG% 276 137 Advantage UK
Possessions 104 149
Offensive Pts/Possession 103 111 Offensive points/possession
Defensive Pts/Possession 6 67 MSU is a great defensive team
TO/gm 183 305
APG 139 150
A/TO 183 259 UK=Ugly
Rebounds 5 123 Wow.


Stat All Games Conference Games

UK MSST UK MSST Delta (adjusted
for all games
played)
Comments
Total Games 14 16 1 2 -2
Wins 7 11 1 2 -4
Losses 7 5 0 0 2
Pct 0.5 0.69 1 1 -0.19
Field Goals Made 357 430 25 46 -19.25
Field Goals Attempted 746 929 57 103 -66.88
Field Goal Percentage 0.48 0.46 0.44 0.45 0.02
Free Throws Made 219 204 24 21 40.5
Free Throws Attempted 293 330 36 36 4.25
Free Throw Percentage 0.75 0.62 0.67 0.58 0.13 This could be a factor
3pt Field Goals Made 87 108 5 8 -7.5
3pt Field Goals Attempted 241 337 15 38 -53.88
3pt Field Goal Percentage 0.36 0.32 0.33 0.21 0.04 Surprising, but true
Points 1020 1172 79 121 -5.5
Points Per Game 72.9 73.3 79 60.5 -0.4 Almost identical
Rebounds 520 722 48 90 -111.75
Rebounds Per Game 37.1 45.1 48 45 -8 This could be trouble.
Offensive Rebounds 146 211 17 18 -38.63
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 10.4 13.2 17 9 -2.8 Ditto
Defensive Rebounds 346 470 28 70 -65.25
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 24.7 29.4 28 35 -4.7
Assists 193 224 11 21 -3
Assists Per Game 13.8 14 11 10.5 -0.2
Steals 111 117 12 11 -6
Steals Per Game 7.9 7.3 12 5.5 0.6
Turnovers 249 258 23 33 -9
Turnovers Per Game 17.8 16.1 23 16.5 1.7 Another team that turns the ball over
Blocks 63 138 3 26 -75
Blocks Per Game 4.5 8.6 3 13 -4.1 Wow! MSU can block shots
Fouls 290 276 21 32 14
Fouls Per Game 20.7 17.3 21 16 3.4
Disqualifications 9 8 0 0 1

I'll have more pregame analysis in a separate post.