Here is the statistical comparison between Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
As you can see by the stats, these two teams are fairly evenly matched all the way around. The big difference is in the pre-conference schedule, where Vanderbilt ran the table. Since coming into conference play, Kentucky has been the better basketball team statistically, but not by much. So if you are inclined to get cocky off that fact, all you have to do is look at Vandy's sparkling 14-0 record at home. Kentucky has been stronger against top competition, and has a slightly stronger schedule than Vanderbilt, but the difference is not that great.
Vanderbilt is currently ranked just out of the Basketball Blogpoll (which I'll post later, I'm a little behind), but they have been in it for much of the year. Vandy is not playing as well lately as they were the last time we got them in Rupp, but they are on a 3-game winning streak of their own although like Kentucky, all of them have been close games. But two of those three have been on the road, and we all know how hard winning on the road in this league can be.
Kentucky has the longest winning streak in the SEC right now, along with Tennessee, but Vanderbilt is recovering from their January slump and looks ready to play very tough.
I'll have a more in-depth look at the game in my adversary analysis. For more on the Vanderbilt Commodores please be sure to visit our friends at Vanderbilt Sports Line.
Thanks again to Statsheet.com and Basketball State for the statistical data.
|Statistic||All Games||Conference Games|
for all games
|Field Goals Made||521||665||189||227||-60.88|
|Field Goals Attempted||1086||1414||397||523||-151.25|
|Field Goal Percentage||0.48||0.47||0.48||0.43||0.01||We're better in conference|
|Free Throws Made||325||403||130||110||-27.63|
|Free Throws Attempted||429||551||172||155||-53.13|
|Free Throw Percentage||0.76||0.73||0.76||0.71||0.03||Advantage Wildcats|
|3pt Field Goals Made||128||214||46||74||-59.25|
|3pt Field Goals Attempted||347||525||121||216||-112.38|
|3pt Field Goal Percentage||0.37||0.41||0.38||0.34||-0.04||We're better in conference|
|Points Per Game||71.2||81.1||69.3||70.9||-9.9||They score more.|
|Rebounds Per Game||36.8||39.6||37.6||37||-2.8||Call it even|
|Offensive Rebounds Per Game||10.1||11.1||10.4||10.8||-1||Again, even|
|Defensive Rebounds Per Game||24.4||25||24.3||22.7||-0.6||Even again|
|Assists Per Game||13.6||18.3||12.9||16.9||-4.7||Big advantage to Vandy|
|Steals Per Game||7.3||6.8||6.9||5.8||0.5||Pretty even|
|Turnovers Per Game||16.7||15.7||15.6||14.9||1||As close as we'll get to even|
|Blocks Per Game||4.6||3.7||4.5||3.8||0.9||Small advantage UK|
|Fouls Per Game||19.8||17.9||18.4||17.1||1.9||Vandy fouls almost as much as us.|
Game day is tomorrow. Go Cats!