Crunching some numbers after UK’s 75-68 loss to Duke.
– This was the first game in which UK has been outscored in both halves since the Elite Eight loss to West Virginia in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. West Virginia outscored UK 28-26 in the first half and 45-40 in the second. Tuesday, Duke outscored UK 33-31 in the first half and 42-37 in the second. It was only the second time that has happened in the entire John Calipari era.
– Kentucky was 15-10 under Calipari when trailing at the half before the Duke loss.
– Duke averaged 1.164 points per possession. Kentucky averaged 1.047.
– That 1.164 by Duke would have have ranked second last year in points per possession behind the 1.232 by Indiana in UK’s Sweet 16 win over the Hoosiers. That game was also played in the Georgia Dome.
– Kentucky did do a better job on the defensive boards, especially in the second half. After Maryland got 52.8 percent of its available offensive rebounds last Friday, Duke got just 34.4 percent on Tuesday. The Devils got eight of 19 in the first half, but just three of 13 in the second half.
– Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress each had eight rebounds for the Cats. Poythress grabbed five offensive rebounds.
– Through its first two games, UK has 25 assists and 25 turnovers.
– After scoring 10 points in 22 minutes on Friday, Jarrod Polson did not score in his 12 minutes on Tuesday.
– After playing 28 minutes against Maryland, Willie Cauley-Stein played just six against Duke. He scored four points but did not have a rebound.
– Archie Goodwin has taken 20 shots through two games, hitting eight. But he’s taken only three three-pointers, making two.
– Nerlens Noel had four steals. Anthony Davis had just four steals in one game last year (against Alabama).
– After scoring 19 points against Maryland, Kyle Wiltjer was held to five by Duke. He made a three-pointer and a fast break layup. He took just five shots.
– Julius Mays played 37 minutes, scoring seven points, dishing three assists and committing four turnovers. Through two games, Mays has made just five of 18 shots.
– Kentucky has now lost three straight to Duke since beating the Blue Devils in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.