Five Kentucky team notes from fifth SEC loss


Five team notes from UK’s flop in Fayetteville.

1. Arkansas came into the game with the second-worst three-point percentage in the SEC, but Kentucky made just three three-pointers, fewest since going 2-of-11 against LSU on January 26. Julius Mays, consistent from three of late, missed five of his six three-pointers.

2. The Cats committed 19 turnovers, most in a regulation game this season. (UK committed 19 in the overtime win at Texas A&M, as well.) By possession, the Cats turned it over on 28 percent of their possessions, highest since turning it over on 29.2 percent at Florida. That was the highest percentage of the year. Arkansas outscored UK 30-2 off turnovers. That’s an amazing stat.

3.¬†Kentucky was credited with five assists and 19 turnovers, an assist/turnover ratio of -14. That’s the worst such ratio of the Calipari Era. UK turned it over 23 times and made just seven assists against Florida on March 7, 2009. That was Billy Gillispie’s last season. The previous low in the Cal Era was the first game of the Cal Era when UK made 12 assists and 24 turnovers in a win over Morehead State.

4. As you might expect from all these turnovers, Kentucky averaged just 0.885 points per possession, lowest since 0.738 against Baylor way back on December 1. Kentucky lost that game, too, of course. Arkansas averaged 1.046 points per possession, the sixth UK opponent of the last seven to top the 1.0 mark.

5. Arkansas got 40 percent of its offensive rebounds, which would be a high percentage except for the fact that, as John Calipari said afterward, Kentucky has done worse in that regard. Tennessee got 62.5. Florida got 41.4. Ole Miss got 42.6. Texas A&M got 48.4. And so on.

Related link: Herald-Leader photo gallery from Kentucky-Arkansas.

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