Running some numbers on UK-Michigan State


CHICAGO — Five quick numbers from UK-Michigan State:

1. Kentucky made just four of 20 three-pointers for 20 percent. The last time the Cats took at least 20 three-pointers and made a worse percentage was last season’s loss to Baylor at Rupp Arena. The Cats were four-of-22 that day for 18.2 percent.

2. Kentucky made just 20 of 36 free throws for 55.6 percent. The last time the Cats shot at least 30 free throws and made a worse percentage was March 3, 2010 in the SEC Tournament against Tennessee. UK was 16-of-30 from the line for 53.3 percent. The Cats won anyway, 74-45.

3. Kentucky averaged 1.041 points per possession. UK averaged 1.257 vs. UNC-Asheville and 1.347 vs. Northern Kentucky. Michigan State averaged 1.146 points per possession.

4. Julius Randle committed eight turnovers, the most since Terrence Jones turned it over eight times vs. Tennessee on Feb. 8, 2011. Jones played 32 minutes in that game. Randle played 35 tonight.

5. This has been a very good offensive rebounding team so far. It was the third straight game in which UK got at least 40 percent of its offensive rebounding opportunities. UK got 47.4 vs. Asheville, 53.3 vs. Northern Kentucky and 45 percent vs. Michigan State. The last time that happened was 2010-11 — 42.3 vs. Coppin State; 44.8 vs. Louisville and 62.5 vs. Penn.

Related link: Kentucky-Michigan State box scoreĀ 

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