Let’s run the numbers from UK’s win over Marshall.
– Kentucky is playing excellent free-throw defense. Its last two opponents have made just 27 of 50 free throws for 54 percent. Lipscomb was 13-of-24 from the foul line for 54.2 percent last Saturday. Marshall was even worse, making just 14 of 26 for 53.8 percent.
– Ryan Harrow scored a career-high 23 points. The sophomore was 10-of-17 from the floor and played a season-best 33 minutes. Since returning to the team in late November, Harrow’s minutes read 9, 18, 21, 25, 31 and 33.
– Nerlens Noel had his first collegiate double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Noel had two more steals, which was actually his lowest total since the Baylor game.
– Marshall shot 29.5 percent from the floor, the second-lowest percentage by a UK opponent this year. Portland shot 27.1 percent on December 8. Portland was four-of-13 from three-point range. Marshall was four-of-15.
– Marshall was the fifth straight UK opponent to have more turnovers than assists. The Herd had just six assists and turned it over 17 times. The last team to have a plus assist-to-turnover ratio against the Cats was Notre Dame at +2 (13/11).
– Marshall averaged 0.726 points per possession, which was better than the 0.700 b Lipscomb or the 0.625 by Portland. UK has held its last five foes, including Baylor, under a point per possession.
– Kentucky averaged 1.111 points per possession, which was below last week’s 1.184. After managing just a 0.853 ppp against Notre Dame and an 0.738 against Baylor, the Cats have a streak of four straight 1.000+ games.
– Kentucky shot 42 percent, its lowest percentage since shooting 55.7, its lowest percentage of its last three games. Most of that had to do with UK’s abysmal three-point shooting. The Cats were one-of-13 in the first half from behind the line and three-of-17 for 17.6 percent for the game. In games in which UK took at least 17 threes, that’s the lowest percentage since the 2011 team hit just three-of-19 for 15.8 percent in a loss at Arkansas.
– Kentucky has now outrebounded its last five opponents. And UK had just nine turnovers, its fewest since turning over six times against Indiana in that Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament win last season.
– Archie Goodwin did not shoot the ball well, at all. The freshman made just four of 17 shots. He did score 18 points, thanks to going 10-of-11 at the foul line. In his previous four games, Goodwin was 22-of-43 from the field, so perhaps this was but a bump in the road. He has scored in double figures 10 of UK’s 11 games.
– Julius Mays is in a shooting slump. The senior missed six of his seven shots and is now two-of-15 over his last two games. Mays has missed all nine of his three-point shots over the last two games and is one-of-13 over his last three.
– Mays does not turn the ball over, however. He has nine assists and zero turnovers over 93 minutes in his last three games.
– Mainly because of first-half foul trouble, Alex Poythress played a season-low 21 minutes. He scored nine points, just the third time in 11 games he has failed to crack double digits in the scoring column. Poythress did have a career-high nine rebounds.
– After scoring 23 points off the bench last Saturday, Kyle Wiltjer scored eight points off the bench this Saturday. After making seven of nine threes last Saturday, Wiltjer was two-of-five from downtown this Saturday.