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Kentucky at Vanderbilt -- Statistical comparison

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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 UK Vandy Comments
Overall 12-9 20-4
Conference 6-2 5-4
Home 10-4 14-0
Away 2-4 4-4 !
Top 25 2-2 0-2 Weak schedule for Vandy
RPI Top 50 3-3 1-3
Ranking NR NR BlogPoll
RPI 87 11
10 pts in a week.
SOS 29 50
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Overall Conf. Only
National rankings UK Vandy UK Vandy Comments
FG% 26 46 1 10 Best FG% in the league
2 pt FG% 28 83 3 7 Advantage UK
3 pt FG% 98 9 2 6 We're better in conference
Possessions 213 23 12 7 We have to slow them down
Offensive Pts/Possession 100 51 4 10 We're better in conference
Defensive Pts/Possession 74 156 4 7 We're better in conference
TO/gm 292 252 11 9 Heh. Both horrible
APG 158 7 8 2 They pass the ball well
A/TO 243 43 9 5 What can I say?
Rebounds 148 120 7 10 We're better in conference
Location based rank* 102 141 N/A N/a
*Factors in how well the team plays away from home


Statistic All Games Conference Games

UK Vandy UK Vandy Delta (adjusted
for all games
played)
Comments
Total Games 21 24 8 9 -3
Wins 12 20 6 5 -8
Losses 9 4 2 4 5
Pct 0.57 0.83 0.75 0.56 -0.26
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 1495 1947 554 638 -208.63
Points Per Game 71.2 81.1 69.3 70.9 -9.9 They score more.
Rebounds 773 951 301 333 -59.13
Rebounds Per Game 36.8 39.6 37.6 37 -2.8 Call it even
Offensive Rebounds 212 267 83 97 -21.63
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 10.1 11.1 10.4 10.8 -1 Again, even
Defensive Rebounds 512 600 194 204 -13
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 24.4 25 24.3 22.7 -0.6 Even again
Assists 285 438 103 152 -153
Assists Per Game 13.6 18.3 12.9 16.9 -4.7 Big advantage to Vandy
Steals 154 163 55 52 -9
Steals Per Game 7.3 6.8 6.9 5.8 0.5 Pretty even
Turnovers 351 377 125 134 -26
Turnovers Per Game 16.7 15.7 15.6 14.9 1 As close as we'll get to even
Blocks 96 89 36 34 7
Blocks Per Game 4.6 3.7 4.5 3.8 0.9 Small advantage UK
Fouls 416 430 147 154 -14
Fouls Per Game 19.8 17.9 18.4 17.1 1.9 Vandy fouls almost as much as us.
Disqualifications 14 4 5 2 10 Advantage Vandy

Game day is tomorrow.  Go Cats!