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Kentucky at South Carolina -- Statistical Comparison

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Here is the statistical comparison between Kentucky and South Carolina.

A quick perusal of these stats will point you to a couple of conclusions.  The first is that South Carolina is a much better ballhandling team than Kentucky.  Turnovers have plagued the Cats all year long, but not the Gamecocks.  In fact, the Gamecocks lead the SEC in fewest giveaways, and are 5th in the entire nation in that statistic.  The Gamecocks have also been a good 2-point shooting team in conference, but not so great at the 3-pointer.

Kentucky, on the other hand, has superior 3-point shooting and overall defensive statistics.  The Cats even get more rebounds than the Gamecocks, although it will be interesting to see how that holds up with Patterson consigned to the pine for the remainder of the season.  The Gamecocks are one of the better free-throw shooting teams in the conference, and with Patterson on the bench, I expect our FT% to begin to slip somewhat, as we saw in the Tennessee game.

Overall, the Wildcats are slightly superior statistically to South Carolina.  Kentucky has played a much tougher schedule, and has been more successful in the second half of the season.  But the Gamecocks have some solid players, and every road game in the SEC is tough.  Come to think of it, though, the Wildcats have made every game tough lately, but they come out on the winning end more often than not.

I'll have a more in-depth look at the game in my adversary analysis.  For more on the South Carolina Gamecocks, you can take a visit to our SBNation brothers at Garnet and Black Attack.

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


Statistic UK USC Comments
Overall 16-11 13-15
Conference 10-4 5-9
Home 13-4 8-8
Away 3-6 3-5 USC is as good a road team as UK.
Top 25 2-4 1-4
RPI Top 50 5-5 4-7
Ranking NR NR BlogPoll
RPI 52 138 Big difference
SOS 10 46 Ditto

Overall Conf. Only
National rankings UK USC UK USC Comments
FG% 50 159 3 9 Big advantage to UK
2 pt FG% 67 163 8 3 Advantage to USC in conf.
3 pt FG% 128 95 4 8 Advantage UK in conf.
Possessions 233 162 12 11 We are slower than everyone, a distant last.
Offensive Pts/Possession 150 78 10 7 USC is efficient on offense
Defensive Pts/Possession 72 182 4 9 But they don't defend well
TO/gm 273 5 11 1 Huge advantage USC
APG 188 183 9 10 Call it even
A/TO 260 23 10 4 Big advantage USC
Defensive FG% 13 191 2 10 UK's defense is excellent
Defensive 2-pt FG% 15 209 3 9 Ditto
Defensive 3-pt FG% 47 88 5 7 UK not so great defending the 3.
Rebounds 136 242 9 12 One of the few SEC teams that get fewer rebounds than the Cats.
Location based rank* 71 114 N/A N/a
*Factors in how well the team plays away from home


Statistic All Games Conference Games

UK USC UK USC Delta (adjusted for all games played) Comments
Total Games 27 28 14 14 -1
Wins 16 13 10 5 3
Losses 11 15 4 9 -4
Pct 0.59 0.46 0.71 0.36 0.13
Field Goals Made 644 772 312 363 -100.43
Field Goals Attempted 1380 1737 691 838 -294.96
Field Goal Percentage 0.47 0.44 0.45 0.43 0.02 Advantage UK
Free Throws Made 415 263 220 102 161.39
Free Throws Attempted 554 373 297 153 194.32
Free Throw Percentage 0.75 0.71 0.74 0.67 0.04 Advantage UK
3pt Field Goals Made 153 224 71 112 -63
3pt Field Goals Attempted 423 607 197 340 -162.32
3pt Field Goal Percentage 0.36 0.37 0.36 0.33 -0.01 In conf, UK is better.
Points 1856 2031 915 940 -102.46
Points Per Game 68.7 72.5 65.4 67.1 -3.8 USC scores more
Rebounds 981 1037 509 463 -18.96
Rebounds Per Game 36.3 37 36.4 33.1 -0.7 We are not better than many in this stat.
Offensive Rebounds 265 319 136 146 -42.61
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 9.8 11.4 9.7 10.4 -1.6 Advantage USC
Defensive Rebounds 657 616 339 267 63
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 24.3 22 24.2 19.1 2.3 Advantage UK
Assists 351 367 169 164 -16
Assists Per Game 13 13.1 12.1 11.7 -0.1 Call it even
Steals 184 214 85 108 -30
Steals Per Game 6.8 7.6 6.1 7.7 -0.8 Advantage USC
Turnovers 436 295 210 141 141
Turnovers Per Game 16.1 10.5 15 10.1 5.6 Advantage USC
Blocks 127 104 67 42 23
Blocks Per Game 4.7 3.7 4.8 3 1 ADvantage UK
Fouls 511 441 242 218 70
Fouls Per Game 18.9 15.8 17.3 15.6 3.1 UK's fouls are coming down.
Disqualifications 15 7 6 4 8


Game day is tomorrow.  Go Cats!