In preparation for Friday night, let’s study Kentucky and Louisville’s numbers from their two tournament games last weekend.
Louisville’s two opponents, Manhattan and Saint Louis, made a combined three of 20 three-point shots. Louisville’s defense also forced the two into high turnovers percentages — 21.7 for Manhattan and 25.9 for Saint Louis.
Kentucky did a great job of keeping Kansas State and Wichita State off the offensive glass. Kansas State posted an offensive rebound percentage of 25.0 while Wichita State’s ORP was a lowly 15.4.
Here’s the chart with ORP meaning offensive rebound percentage or number of offensive rebounds divided by chances; TOP meaning turnover percentage or percentage of possessions that ended in a turnover; PPP meaning points per possession.