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2016-17 SEASON

ANALYSIS OF THE GAME OF BASKETBALL

 

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INDIVIDUAL EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS
OF UK PLAYERS AND TEAMS
FROM 1996 TO PRESENT
AND
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

 

KENTUCKY'S ROSTER PROJECTION FOR 2016
AND
RECRUITING RADAR FOR 2016, 2017, AND 2018

 

Kentucky owns college basketball
By Jon Rothstein | CBS Sports April 17, 2014 11:15 pm ET

Win or lose, Kentucky is dominating college basketball.

It's been a little more than 10 days since UConn beat the Wildcats for the 2014 national title but since that moment, Kentucky has still been the one team that's dominated virtually every headline in the sport. Maybe it's because the Wildcats have so many players debating whether or not to leave Lexington early for the NBA Draft . Maybe it's because John Calipari has been on literally every media outlet possible in the past week to talk about his team's season and promote his new book -- "Players First." Or maybe it's just because right now Kentucky will always be the dominant storyline in college basketball.

Before last season, we all wanted to know if the Wildcats would truly live up to their preseason billing. During the season, Kentucky struggled and was a constant point of conversation because it simply wasn't living up to expectations. Then, in the NCAA Tournament , Calipari did arguably the best coaching job of his career as he led a team with five freshman starters to consecutive wins over Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin only to come up short in the title game against UConn. Now? Everyone wants to know which players are staying, which players are going, and more importantly, how the players that return will mesh with the Wildcats' loaded freshman class next season. There's no doubt which program is dominating college basketball -- it's Kentucky. And it's not even close.

 

Deal with it, America
Kentucky back in the Final Four,
younger than ever

 

  • Never-Say-Die Cats
    Advance To NCAA Championship Game Before Falling To UConn

    • Kentucky finishes to 29-11 overall as the NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
    • Kentucky leads the series 5-2 and 2-1 in NCAA Tournament action.
    • The Wildcats lead the nation with a 116-47 all-time NCAA record .
    • Kentucky is 5-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in Indianapolis.
    • UK is 18-3 in NCAA Tournament games under John Calipari.
    • Kentucky has advanced to its 16th Final Four.
    • Kentucky has advanced to the Final Four three of last four years.
    • Kentucky's 18 tournament wins under Calipari is the most since 2010. (UConn has 12, and Florida, Kansas and Louisville are next with 11 each. )
    • Kentucky defeated four-straight top-10 teams to make the Championship Game. (Three of the opponents played in the 2013 Final Four.)

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The Top 64 Efficient Teams
Includes Games Through Last Sunday

 

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ts From a Mid-summer analysis of the roster, to pre-season predictions, and then game by game analysis. You can use the following link to start the reading in sequence, or you can select links to specific installments below:

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In the Sequence Written,

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00 Overview of Non-Conference Opponent Strength

01 Pre-Season Overview

01A UK Basketball Pace; 1972-2016

02 Exhibition 01-Clarion

03 Cat To Face Asbury In Last Exhibition Game
In Preparation For the Season

04 Let the Games Begin - First Up Will Be Stephen F. Austin

05 Cats Move To Canisius in Game 2

06 Cats Take on Michigan State at MSG

07 Cats Return To Rupp To Face Duquesne
And Fix Rebounding Issues

08 Cats Squeeze In Cleveland State Before Thanksgiving

09 Cats Return To Rupp One Day Removed From Thanksgiving

10 Cats Finish First Six Games In Historic Manner
Now They Must Strut Their Stuff Against Stronger Opponents

11 Cats Destroy Arizona State in the Bahamas
Return To Rupp for Stiffest Test Yet, UCLA

12 Cats Stumble and Fall To UCLA
Next Up at Rupp-Valparaiso

13 Cats Take On Hofstra In Brooklyn's Barclay Center

13A Yes Virginia, Three Point Shooting Is Important!!
But, It Is Not the Be-All, End-All Factor

14 This Is It; The Main Event; UK vs UNC

14A Efficiency Based Game Predictions Are Reliable and Right On Schedule

15 Cats Cards: 2015-16 Edition (With A Blow By Blow Recount of UNC Game Finish)

15A 2017 SEC Preview

16 Cats Open SEC Season At Mississippi

16A How Are Cats Doing As Compared To Average NCAA D1 Efficiency?

17 Cats Return To Rupp To Face Texas A&M

18 Cats Remain At Rupp To Entertain Arkansas

19 Cats Take 3-0 SEC Record To Vanderbilt

20 Cats Return To Rupp 4-0 In SEC To Face Auburn

20A EFFICIENCY BASED PROFILES OF NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS 2002 THROUGH 2016 It Pays To Be Most Efficient!

21 Cats Take 5-0 Start On The Road To Mississippi State

22 Cats Face Off With South Carolina For Sole Possession Of SEC Top Spot

23 SEC Leading Cats Take On Tennessee In Knoxville

24 After Stumbling In Knoxville, Cats Meet Jayhawks

25 Cats Seek To Regain Stability After Losing To Kansas

26 Cats Need To Find Their Legs At Florida

27 Cats Limp Home From Florida Seeking Answers

28 Cats Fail To Heal Wounds At Rupp; Back On The Road To Alabama

29 Cats Give Best Effort In Over a Month Against Alabama
Return To Rupp For Second Chance At Tennessee

30 Cats Head To Georgia With Renewed Confidence

32 Cats Seek To Avenge Huge Loss and Win Another SEC Championship

33 Cats Host Vanderbilt For 2017 Senior Night

33A Are The Cats Surging, and Why?

34 Cats Conclude Regular Season At Texas A&M

34A Which Teams Should Be Favored To Win the 2017 NCAA Tournament?

35 Cats Open SEC Tournament Play Against Georgia

36 Cats Advance To Semi-finals To Face Alabama

37 Cats Face Arkansas For SEC Tournament Championship

38 Cats Open NCAA Play Against Northern Kentucky

39 Cats Advance To NCAA Second Round To Face Wichita State

40 Cats Seeks To Avenge December Rupp Arena Loss To UCLA in NCAA Sweet 16

40A REFLECTIONS ON THE SWEET 16 WIN OVER UCLA
AND A REVIEW OF THE DECEMBER UNC-UK GAME

41 Cats Face North Carolina for Trip To Final Four

THE DATA:

Last Game Box Score and Efficiency Data/Trends
for last 3 and 5 games as well as for entire Season

Rebounding Rates; Game-to-Game Grades;
Kentucky and Opponent Shooting Summary; Pace by Game;
Opponent Strength Summary Tables; Turnover Rates by Game; and
Efficiency Trends For Season

UK 2015-16 INTERIM STATS
COMPARED TO NCAA D1 AVERAGE Together with Summary
Tables for 1993 Through 2016

PREDICTED V. ACTUAL SCORES, MARGINS, AND TOTAL POINTS
FOR ALL GAMES IN THIS AND RECENT SEASONS

HISTORICAL DATA FOR ALL SEASONS
KENTUCKY BASKETBALL 1972 THROUG H 2016
TABULATED BY COACH

ANALYSIS OF KENTUCKY BASKETBALL
WITH TEAM AVERAGES FROM 2000 THROUGH 2016

Data for UK Teams 1996, and 2000 Through 2016 for Each Sort Category
Noted Below:

  1. All Games, Including Exhibitions
  2. All Games-D1 [No Exhibitions]
  3. Home
  4. Away
  5. Neutral Court
  6. Non-Conference
  7. SEC
  8. Pomeroy Top 50
  9. Pomeroy Over 50
  10. Post Season Play
  11. Games Since Louisville Game, 2003-2016
  12. SEC Tournament Gateway
  13. NCAA Tournament

 

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