Crunching a few numbers as UK improves to 1-0

A few notes from Kentucky’s win over Maryland:

  • Maryland grabbed 28 offensive rebounds — John Calipari joked that it was an NCAA record — to 25 defensive rebounds for the Cats. That means Maryland got 52.8 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities.
  • In 2011, Alabama got 55.9 percent of the offensive rebounds in a win over UK in Tuscaloosa. The Tide ended up with 19 offensive rebounds to 15 defensive rebounds for the Cats.
  • Maryland made three of 19 three-pointers for 15.8 percent. The Cats have now won 13 of its last 14 games in which it has held the opponent to below 20 percent from the three-point stripe.
  • Jarrod Polson made four of five shots and scored a career-high 10 points. The junior had scored seven points in his entire career.
  • Polson had made one-of-nine shots before the Maryland game and had never scored more than two points in a game.
  • Polson played 22 minutes. He played 32 minutes in 11 games all of last year.
  • Kentucky blocked 11 shots, the same number of shots it blocked in the NCAA title game last year.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein blocked four shots in 28 minutes on the floor. Nerlens Noel blocked three shots in 26 minutes on the floor. Kyle Wiltjer blocked three shots in 24 minutes on the floor.
  • Kentucky averaged 1.054 points per possession. Maryland averaged 1.015 points per possession.
  • UK gave up more than a point per possession in just 10 games all of last season.
  • Maryland center Alex Len had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Len had seven offensive rebounds. He also blocked four shots.
  • If you go back to last season, UK has held its last four opponents under 40 percent from the floor. Three of those were in the NCAA Tournament, of course.
  • The Cats are now 4-0 in season-openers under John Calipari.
  • UK scored 49 points in the first half. The Cats scored 50-or-more points in the first half of just two games last year — 52 at South Carolina on Feb. 4 and 50 against Indiana in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Kyle Wiltjer scored 19 points. The sophomore had not scored in double figures since scoring 13 points against Ole Miss on Feb. 18 of last season.
  • Maryland was credited with 17 assists. Just two teams had that many assists against UK last year. North Carolina had 17 early in the year. Florida had 18 against the Cats in the SEC Tournament.
  • Kentucky was outscored by 10 points, 33-23, in the second half. That’s the most UK has been outscored in a second half since North Carolina outscored the Cats 41-25 in the second half in 2009.
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