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Georgia at Kentucky -- Statistical Comparison

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Here is the statistical comparison between Kentucky and Georgia.

Just like LSU, we out-stat the Bulldogs in most areas except defense.  Georgia is one of the best defensive teams in the SEC, and that defense allows them to be in almost every game they play.  Just ask Tennessee, who barely escaped their most recent encounter with the Dawgs.

Georgia is very similar in many ways to Kentucky, except without a serious low-post threat.  Like Kentucky, the Bulldogs have trouble putting the ball in the basket.  Kentucky has utilized a very deliberate style to maximize their opportunities to enter the ball into the low post and protect their thin bench.  Even though Georgia prefers to play the game at a higher pace than Kentucky, Georgia is fully capable of running good half-court offense and getting open looks.  The Cats cannot throw Georgia off their game by forcing them into the half court.

Kentucky has been very efficient scoring lately, if not terribly prolific.  If the Cats can manage turnovers a bit better, they should be capable of beating up the Dawgs on the blocks, and that will eventually free up Bradley, Crawford and Meeks from the perimeter.  One of the things that Georgia is really bad at is assists, and they depend far too much on individual plays to get their shots.  That has been their undoing all year, and they will likely continue to have problems with that against UK.

I'll have a more in-depth look at the game in my adversary analysis.  For more on the Georgia Bulldogs, please be sure to visit our SBNation brothers at Dawg Sports.

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

Statistic UK UGA Comments
Overall 13-10 12-11
Conference 7-3 3-7
Home 10-4 11-3
Away 3-5 1-5 Georgia has not been a good road team
Top 25 2-3 0-3 Advantage UK
RPI Top 50 3-4 1-5 Advantage UK
Ranking NR NR BlogPoll
RPI 71 123 We are going in the right direction
SOS 24 38 Pretty close

Overall Conf. Only
National rankings UK UGA UK UGA Comments
FG% 38 196 2 12 Big advantage to UK
2 pt FG% 50 186 5 12 Big advantage to UK
3 pt FG% 99 280 2 12 Big advantage to UK
Possessions 210 123 12 4 They play faster
Offensive Pts/Possession 123 199 7 12 Advantage UK
Defensive Pts/Possession 100 80 6 4 Georgia is a better defensive team.
TO/gm 284 245 11 20 Bad and worse
APG 166 305 8 12 Amazing that we are better than anyone
A/TO 260 300 10 12 Ditto
Rebounds 145 41 8 5 Georgia is a good rebounding team.
Location based rank* 95 151 N/A N/a
*Factors in how well the team plays away from home

Statistic All Games Conference Games

UK UGA UK UGA Delta (adjusted for all games played) Comments
Total Games 23 23 10 10 0
Wins 13 12 7 3 1
Losses 10 11 3 7 -1
Pct 0.57 0.52 0.7 0.3 0.04
Field Goals Made 564 577 232 242 -13
Field Goals Attempted 1189 1326 500 592 -137 Georgia gets a lot of attempts, they just don't make that many.
Field Goal Percentage 0.47 0.44 0.46 0.41 0.04 Big difference in conf.
Free Throws Made 350 300 155 116 50
Free Throws Attempted 464 446 207 175 18
Free Throw Percentage 0.75 0.67 0.75 0.66 0.08 Only LSU is as good as the Cats
3pt Field Goals Made 136 134 54 54 2
3pt Field Goals Attempted 371 417 145 183 -46 Georgia shoots a lot more threes - no real post presence.
3pt Field Goal Percentage 0.37 0.32 0.37 0.3 0.05 Advantage UK
Points 1614 1588 673 654 26
Points Per Game 70.2 69 67.3 65.4 1.2 Call it even
Rebounds 838 982 366 431 -144
Rebounds Per Game 36.4 42.7 36.6 43.1 -6.3 Georgia is just better.
Offensive Rebounds 230 318 101 141 -88
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 10 13.8 10.1 14.1 -3.8 Advantage Georgia
Defensive Rebounds 555 572 237 244 -17
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 24.1 24.9 23.7 24.4 -0.8 Advantage Georgia
Assists 306 265 124 102 41
Assists Per Game 13.3 11.5 12.4 10.2 1.8 Georgia is just terrible in this stat.
Steals 162 172 63 76 -10
Steals Per Game 7 7.5 6.3 7.6 -0.5 Small advantage to Georgia.
Turnovers 381 359 155 150 22
Turnovers Per Game 16.6 15.6 15.5 15 1 Call it even, in conf.
Blocks 104 83 44 34 21
Blocks Per Game 4.5 3.6 4.4 3.4 0.9 Cats are a bit better here.
Fouls 454 403 185 178 51
Fouls Per Game 19.7 17.5 18.5 17.8 2.2 Nobody fouls like the Cats
Disqualifications 15 5 6 2 10 What can you say?


Game day is tomorrow.  Go Cats!