Crunching the numbers from Kentucky-Tennessee

Some quick number-crunching from the Cats’ win over the Vols.

– In Saturday’s win over Kentucky, Texas A&M grabbed 48.4 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities, an unusually high number. In it’s win over Tennessee tonight, the Cats did a much better job of protecting the defensive boards. Tennessee had just seven offensive rebounds — one in the first half — compared to 26 defensive rebounds for the Cats. That put UT’s offensive rebound percentage at 21.2 and may have been the difference in the game.

– Kentucky got 25.8 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities.

– By the way, Vanderbilt got 41.7 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities last Thursday in Nashville.

– Nerlens Noel was within one rebound of its second straight double-double. The freshman had 12 points and nine rebounds after scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Texas A&M — as part of a tremendously fully stat line.

– Noel made four steals for the second consecutive game. He has had six games this season with four-or-more steals.

– After scoring just two points in UK’s first two SEC games, Kyle Wiltjer scored a team-high 17 points. He played 26 minutes, most since his 27 against Samford back on December 4.

– He also blocked two shots, most since his three against Maryland in the season opener.

– Julius Mays hit two of his three three-point attempts, those coming back-to-back to help UK to a 64-58 lead.

– Mays played 27 minutes with just one turnover. He has two turnovers in his last three games, during which he was on the floor for 75 minutes.

– Alex Poythress has made seven of 13 shots over his last two games. He is a perfect three-for-three from three over his last two games.

– Archie Goodwin scored just eight points, but the third time this season he has failed to reach double figures.

– Ryan Harrow scored 14 points, the seventh straight game he has been in double figures.

– Harrow did not commit a turnover during his 33 minutes on the floor.

– UK shot 40 percent from three-point range against Tennessee, hitting six-of-15 shots. It’s the first game since Louisville (10-of-21) that the Cats have been above 40 percent beyond the arc.

– The Cats were just 19-of-31 from the foul line for 61.3 percent. The struggles continue there. Over the final 1:37, the Cats were five-of-eight from the foul line.

– Kentucky averaged 1.060 points per possession, actually down from Saturday’s 1.119 against Texas A&M but an improvement over the 0.894 at Vanderbilt last Thursday.

– Kentucky got 25.8 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities.

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