ST. LOUIS — Running some numbers on UK’s 56-49 win over Kansas State:
– Kentucky held Kansas State to 35.8 percent shooting from the floor. That’s the best defensive effort in that category since Auburn shot 32.7 percent on February 12.
– Kansas State missed all seven of its three-point attempts before hitting five of 14 in the second half.
– Will Spradling and Marcus Foster each were 1-of-7 from three-point range for Kansas State. Foster came into the game making 40.3 percent of his three-pointers. Spradling entered at 34.5.
– Kentucky shot 38 percent, the second straight game it has shot under 40 percent. The Cats shot 35.3 in the 61-60 loss to Florida in the SEC Tournament title game.
– Kentucky also averaged 0.904 points per possession after averaging 0.947 vs. Florida.
– Coming into this game, the Cats were 1-3 in games in which they averaged less than a point per possession.
– Kansas State averaged 0.821 points per possession, the lowest since Texas A&M averaged 0.773 at Rupp Arena on January 21. It was the fourth-lowest PPP by a UK opponent this season.
– After making four of 11 three-point shots in the first half, Kentucky missed all four of its three-point attempts in the second half.
– John Calipari’s club did crash the glass, winning the boards 40-28 and grabbing 40.6 percent of its offensive rebounding opportunities. UK’s OPR coming into the game was 42.2 percent.
– UK made 14 of 21 free throws for 66.7 percent, while Kansas State was just six-of-12 at the foul line.
– Kansas State’s six made free throws were the fewest against UK since Vanderbilt was six-of-10 in Nashville on January 11.
– In the last two games, Kentucky’s opponents have made just 13 of 29 free throws. Florida was seven-of-17 at the line.
– The Cats suffered a relapse when in the case of taking care of the basketball. UK’s turnover percentage was 24.2 percent, worst since 26.7 percent at Ole Miss on Feb. 18.
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