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Alabama at Kentucky -- Statistical comparison

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Here is the statistical comparison between Alabama and Kentucky.

Alabama is statistically superior to us in every meaningful way, except when you look at their record.  A team with stats like Alabama's aught to be competing for the lead in the SEC West, not dwelling in the cellar.  Baffling, but then again, not so much.  We seem to have seen this kind of inexplicable dichotomy every year out of Alabama for a while now.

Unlike Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina this is a team that really has all the weapons necessary to beat us.  They shoot the ball well from everywhere, score lots of points, and rebound very well.  The have size where they need it and skill at every position.  They are athletic and strong.  'Bama has played much more poorly in conference than out, although unlike Florida, they have not played a cupcake schedule.

Something noteworthy is how the Wildcats are rising up in many categories, while Alabama is actually falling.  That is pretty much an indicator of where these two teams are coming into this game.  Alabama has lost six of its last eight games, and Kentucky has won four in a row.  Alabama is coming off a loss at Mississippi State where they shot a miserable 41.7% effective FG%, and shot only 53% from the free throw line.

I'll have a more in-depth look at the game in my adversary analysis.  For more on the Alabama Crimson Tide, please be sure to visit our SBNation brothers at Roll Bama Roll.

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

Statistic Bama UK Comments
Overall 13-10 11-9
Conference 2-6 5-2
Home 10-5 9-4
Away 1-4 2-4 Creeping up
Top 25 0-4 2-2 Surprising for Bama
RPI Top 50 0-5 3-3 We're coming up!
Ranking NR NR BlogPoll
RPI 113 98 Under 100!
SOS 56 32
National rankings Bama UK Comments
FG% 52 26 Big move up.
2 pt FG% 64 30
3 pt FG% 121 91 116 to 91 in 1 game!
Possessions 96 193 Bama plays faster
Offensive Pts/Possession 45 92 Advantage Bama
Defensive Pts/Possession 210 90 Advantage Cats
TO/gm 43 291 !
APG 27 146 !
A/TO 13 244 Yech
Rebounds 37 127 We have our work cut out.

Statistic All Games Conference Games

Bama UK Bama UK Delta (adjusted
for all games
played)
Comments
Total Games 23 20 8 7 3
Wins 13 11 2 5 2
Losses 10 9 6 2 1
Pct 0.57 0.55 0.25 0.71 0.02
Field Goals Made 669 502 218 170 91.7
Field Goals Attempted 1431 1047 493 358 226.95
Field Goal Percentage 0.47 0.48 0.44 0.48 -0.01 We are significantly better in conference
Free Throws Made 269 305 100 110 -81.75
Free Throws Attempted 453 403 175 146 -10.45
Free Throw Percentage 0.59 0.76 0.57 0.75 -0.16 Advantage Wildcats
3pt Field Goals Made 162 124 54 42 19.4
3pt Field Goals Attempted 446 334 168 108 61.9
3pt Field Goal Percentage 0.36 0.37 0.32 0.39 -0.01 We are much better in conference
Points 1769 1433 590 492 121.05
Points Per Game 76.9 71.7 73.8 70.3 5.2 Significant Bama advantage
Rebounds 945 740 314 268 94
Rebounds Per Game 41.1 37 39.3 38.3 4.1 Advantage Bama
Offensive Rebounds 312 206 104 77 75.1
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 13.6 10.3 13 11 3.3 Advantage Bama
Defensive Rebounds 563 487 187 169 2.95
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 24.5 24.4 23.4 24.1 0.1 We're a bit better here
Assists 381 273 127 91 108
Assists Per Game 16.6 13.7 15.9 13 2.9 Advantage Bama
Steals 171 146 67 47 25
Steals Per Game 7.4 7.3 8.4 6.7 0.1 Advantage Bama
Turnovers 291 333 103 107 -42
Turnovers Per Game 12.7 16.7 12.9 15.3 -4 Advantage Bama
Blocks 108 91 42 31 17
Blocks Per Game 4.7 4.6 5.3 4.4 0.1 Advantage Bama
Fouls 374 401 143 132 -27
Fouls Per Game 16.3 20.1 17.9 18.9 -3.8 UK still fouls more than anyone
Disqualifications 6 14 3 5 -8 Advantage Bama


Game day is tomorrow.  Go Cats!