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South Carolina at Kentucky -- Statistical comparison

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Here is the statistical comparison between South Carolina and Kentucky.

On paper, this is a very even game.  Actually, the Gamecocks look rather better on paper, and have played a tougher schedule to boot.  But the Wildcats are clearly not the same team that lost to Gardner-Webb and San Diego.  This is a team that has apparently found its identity, and that identity is a grind-it-out, defensive team.

We must remember that Perry Stevenson is beginning to emerge as an all-around player, and that matters a lot.  Suddenly, the high-low, a very difficult play to stop, has become deadly.  If the Patterson-Stevenson duo can continue to play in perfect harmony, the Gamecocks may find the Wildcats a little too much for them.  But if UK doesn't bring it's "A" game, South Carolina has more than enough horses to run us into the ground.  Don't be fooled by their pedestrian record -- this team is capable, as the Gators nearly found out earlier this week.

The things that jumps out at me in this set of stats is the disparity in 3-point shooting, and how good USC is from the charity stripe.  We give up more fouls than any other team in the SEC, and that is not a good thing against the Gamecocks, because unlike the Vols, they deliver at the line.  A 6% difference in 3-point shooting is also a very big concern, but we will look into how to handle that in the adversary analysis, which will be forthcoming tomorrow morning before the game.  For more on the Gamecocks, please be sure to visit our SBNation brothers at Garnet and Black Attack.

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

Statistic SC UK Comments
Overall 9-9 8-9
Conference 1-3 2-2
Home 6-5 8-4
Away 1-2 0-4
Top 25 0-3 2-2
RPI Top 50 3-5 3-3
Ranking NR NR BlogPoll
RPI 109 143
SOS 12 26 surprising
National rankings SC UK Comments
FG% 151 63
2 pt FG% 221 35
3 pt FG% 25 184
Possessions 194 150
Offensive Pts/Possession 58 117 Can they outscore us?
Defensive Pts/Possession 136 86 Maybe not.
TO/gm 8 295 Yech.
APG 174 134
A/TO 28 240 UK=Ugly
Rebounds 202 104 Here is an opportunity
Stat All Games Conference Games

SC UK SC UK Delta (adjusted for games played for all games) Comments
Total Games 18 17 4 4 1
Wins 9 8 1 2 1
Losses 9 9 3 2 0
Pct 0.5 0.47 0.25 0.5 0.03
Field Goals Made 510 426 101 94 58.94
Field Goals Attempted 1132 910 233 221 168.47
Field Goal Percentage 0.45 0.47 0.43 0.43 -0.02 Small advantage to UK.
Free Throws Made 195 270 34 75 -90.88
Free Throws Attempted 272 351 52 94 -99.65
Free Throw Percentage 0.72 0.77 0.65 0.8 -0.05 SC is a good FT shooting team.
3pt Field Goals Made 146 104 34 22 35.88
3pt Field Goals Attempted 361 299 94 73 44.41
3pt Field Goal Percentage 0.4 0.35 0.36 0.3 0.06 No surprise here.
Points 1361 1226 270 285 62.88
Points Per Game 75.6 72.1 67.5 71.3 3.5 Almost a push
Rebounds 709 637 135 165 34.53
Rebounds Per Game 39.4 37.5 33.8 41.3 1.9 Can you believe they get more per game than us?
Offensive Rebounds 216 181 43 52 24.35
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 12 10.6 10.8 13 1.4 Ditto
Defensive Rebounds 426 417 77 99 -15.53
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 23.7 24.5 19.3 24.8 -0.8 Call this even
Assists 249 233 46 51 16
Assists Per Game 13.8 13.7 11.5 12.8 0.1 This is even, too.
Steals 138 129 32 30 9
Steals Per Game 7.7 7.6 8 7.5 0.1 Even again
Turnovers 204 286 50 60 -82
Turnovers Per Game 11.3 16.8 12.5 15 -5.5 Yech. They handle the ball well.
Blocks 78 79 16 19 -1
Blocks Per Game 4.3 4.6 4 4.8 -0.3 The barest of advantage.
Fouls 293 358 70 89 -65
Fouls Per Game 16.3 21.1 17.5 22.3 -4.8 Not the best thing to win.
Disqualifications 5 13 2 4 -8

Enjoy your Friday.  Tomorrow is game day!