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Kentucky at LSU -- Statistical comparison

Here is the statistical comparison between Kentucky and LSU.

Well, we out-statistic LSU, but to be honest, it is cold comfort.  When you look at our national rankings in many categories, they have really suffered since the last game, and not surprisingly.  Perhaps surprisingly to some, our RPI went up, but if you consider that the RPI doesn't take the game score into account, you shouldn't be.  Not surprisingly, our strength of schedule went up.  I'm not sure that matters too much.

LSU has very recently become a decent basketball team, coincident to the firing of head coach John Brady.  I doubt Brady's coaching had much to do with LSU's struggles so far this year, because the Tigers are a very young team that has been beset with difficulties.  I'll discuss that more in my adversary analysis, but one thing we should recognize is that LSU has been playing much better lately.  Tennessee escaped Batton Rouge by the skin of their teeth on an unfortunate last-second turnover that lead to a Volunteer winning basket, and the very next game, the Bayou Bengals defeated Billy Donovan's young Gator squad.

On the other hand, Kentucky is reeling from a resounding thumping in Nashville, the likes of which the Big Blue faithful have not seen for decades.  That will surely leave a mark, and it will be instructive to see how the team responds to adversity, because, brothers and sisters, Tuesday's game definitely qualifies as "adversity."

I'll have a more in-depth look at the game in my adversary analysis.  For more on the LSU Tigers, please be sure to visit our SBNation brothers at And The Valley Shook.

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

Statistic UK LSU Comments
Overall 12-10 9-14
Conference 6-3 2-7
Home 10-4 6-5
Away 2-5 2-6 Both bad on the road
Top 25 2-3 0-5 Advantage UK
RPI Top 50 3-4 0-7 Advantage UK
Ranking NR NR BlogPoll
RPI 83 173 Big difference mostly due to records
SOS 17 48 UK's SOS jumped huge

Overall Conf. Only
National rankings UK LSU UK LSU Comments
FG% 40 205 3 10 Was league best before ...
2 pt FG% 44 135 6 7 Push
3 pt FG% 124 282 3 6 Advantage UK
Possessions 198 124 12 7 We are the slowest pace in conference
Offensive Pts/Possession 129 209 9 10 We're better in conference
Defensive Pts/Possession 101 146 6 7 Push
TO/gm 292 163 11 9 Bad and worse
APG 174 263 8 2 They are doing much better in conf.
A/TO 266 236 10 5 Just ugly for both
Rebounds 144 179 8 10 Pretty close
Location based rank* 103 187 N/A N/a
*Factors in how well the team plays away from home

Statistic All Games Conference Games

UK LSU UK LSU Delta (adjusted
for all games
played)
Comments
Total Games 22 23 9 9 -1
Wins 12 9 6 2 3
Losses 10 14 3 7 -4
Pct 0.55 0.39 0.67 0.22 0.15
Field Goals Made 538 574 206 218 -11.04
Field Goals Attempted 1138 1326 449 526 -130.35
Field Goal Percentage 0.47 0.43 0.46 0.41 0.04 We're better in conference
Free Throws Made 342 275 147 95 78.96
Free Throws Attempted 454 374 197 127 96.26
Free Throw Percentage 0.75 0.74 0.75 0.75 0.02 LSU can shoot free thows with the best
3pt Field Goals Made 129 154 47 57 -18.3
3pt Field Goals Attempted 357 480 131 190 -102.13
3pt Field Goal Percentage 0.36 0.32 0.36 0.3 0.04 Advantage UK
Points 1547 1577 606 588 38.57
Points Per Game 70.3 68.6 67.3 65.3 1.7 Maybe the only team in the SEC we outscore.
Rebounds 805 880 333 339 -36.74
Rebounds Per Game 36.6 38.3 37 37.7 -1.7 Call it even
Offensive Rebounds 222 247 93 106 -14.26
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 10.1 10.7 10.3 11.8 -0.6 Again, even
Defensive Rebounds 532 551 214 195 4.96
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 24.2 24 23.8 21.7 0.2 Advantage UK
Assists 290 276 108 96 14
Assists Per Game 13.2 12 12 10.7 1.2 Well, we're better than somebody.
Steals 159 149 60 50 10
Steals Per Game 7.2 6.5 6.7 5.6 0.7 Advantage UK
Turnovers 368 330 142 117 38
Turnovers Per Game 16.7 14.3 15.8 13 2.4 Advantage LSU
Blocks 101 140 41 38 -39
Blocks Per Game 4.6 6.1 4.6 4.2 -1.5 Push in conference
Fouls 441 384 172 151 57
Fouls Per Game 20 16.7 19.1 16.8 3.3 Nobody fouls like the Cats
Disqualifications 15 5 6 1 10 Heh.


Game day is tomorrow.  Go Cats!