Five stat notes from UK’s washout in the land of Roll Tide:
1. Kentucky shot 39.3 percent, its second-lowest shooting percentage of the season. The Cats shot 29.6 percent in the home loss to Baylor. It shot 39.6 percent in the loss at Notre Dame. Under John Calipari, UK is now 5-10 when it shoots less than 40 percent.
Alabama shot just 36.8 percent from the floor, the first team to shoot less than 40 percent and beat Kentucky since then-coach John Pelphrey’s Arkansas club beat visiting UK on Feb. 23, 2011, in Fayetteville. The Hogs shot 38.4 percent in a 77-76 win over an eventual Final Four Kentucky team.
2. The Cats made just six of 11 free throws. That’s the fewest made free throws by a Kentucky team since the 2011 Final Four loss to Connecticut. The Cats were 4 of 12 from the line in that game at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Last night, Kentucky shot one free throw in the game’s final 9:30. That was Kyle Wiltjer’s miss of the front end of a bonus with 1:20 left and UK trailing 51-50.
3. Considering the first two stats, no surprise that UK averaged just 0.898 points per possession, its third-lowest PPP of the year. Calipari’s club averaged 0.738 in the loss to Baylor, 0.853 in the loss at Notre Dame.
Alabama averaged 0.922 points per possession, making the Tide the first team since South Carolina on Jan. 26, 2010 to average less than a point per possession but still beat the Cats.
4. UK was 12-0 in games in which it led at halftime this season — before last night, when it was up 33-24 at the break and lost. The last time Kentucky enjoyed a halftime lead of nine or more points and lost was Dec. 15, 2007 at Freedom Hall, when Billy Gillispie’s team led UAB 40-28 and lost 79-76. That was the game in which Robert Vaden scored 33 points for the Blazers, including 28 in the second half.
5. Kentucky outrebounded Alabama by 12 and lost — a rare occurrence. Under Calipari, the Cats are now 41-3 when outrebounding their opponent by double digits. It has happened twice this year, however. UK outrebounded Baylor by 11 and lost at home.