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Number favor Cats by 13 over Georgia Tech

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

Only in college basketball can a Wildcat consume the sweet dessert before the appetizers and entree. Other than the season opener against Michigan State, all opponents that have marched into Rupp Arena since early November have been cupcakes. Starting Saturday, when Georgia Tech will enter Rupp Arena to face the Cats, and for the rest of the season, the opponents are members of the elite college basketball conferences.

Following Saturday’s encounter with #130 Georgia Tech (ACC), the Cats will face #57 Utah (PAC 12), #1 Ohio State (Big 10), and #8 Louisville (ACC) before the football Cats will appear in the Belk Bowl against Virginia Tech. Then, the Basketball Cats move into SEC competition with a trip to Lubbock, Texas to face #36 Texas Tech. There are no more cupcakes on the menu for the 2019-20 Wildcats. It is now time to put a best foot forward.

#130 Georgia Tech (GT) has played seven games with a 4-3 record that includes 1-1 in early ACC play. The Yellow Jackets most impressive early win was at #53 N C State and Tech’s three losses have been at #86 Georgia by 4, against #22 Arkansas by 1 in OT, and against #41 Syracuse by 34 points the past Saturday. Georgia Tech enters this game with an ANE of 0.042 ppp against a schedule strength of 0.033 ppp.

The Cats bring a 7-1 records into this game with an ANE of 0.164 ppp against a schedule strength of -0.080 ppp.

Based on this data for these teams, an ANE analysis indicates this game will have a tempo of 73 possessions with the Cats prevailing by 13 points, 75-62.

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  1. Analysis:

    UK scored its 67 points in a total of 67 possessions (1.000 ppp) for the game, and Georgia Tech scored its 53 points on a total of 67 possessions (0.791 ppp).

    Kentucky won the battle of the boards, with a rebounding edge 34-27, and Kentucky won the battle of the offensive glass 8-6. Kentucky used its 8 second chance possessions to score 11 second chance points while GEORGIA TECH used its 6 second chances to score 5 points. With respect to the offensive rebounding, UK grabbed 27.6% of its misses as offensive rebounds while Georgia Tech was able to convert 18.8% of its misses into bonus possessions with offensive rebounds.

    UK made 15-18 [83.3%] from the free throw line. Georgia Tech made 2-6 [33.3%] for the game. Field goal shooting for UK was 24-51 overall [47.1%] and 4-12 from long range [33.3%]. For Georgia Tech, their field goal shooting from inside the arc was 18-35[51.4%] and from long range, Georgia Tech hit 5-18 [27.8%).

    The Cats committed 16 turnovers, one for every 4.2 possessions. The Cats forced 17 Georgia Tech turnovers, one for every 3.9 possessions.

    Next Game On Schedule: Wednesday night against Utah in Las Vegas in the ninth game of the 2019-20 regular season.

  2. Obviously team not ready for prime time yet, but we did have 3 players that showed up. This type of play will lock in 2 straight L’s later in month.

    1. Blah Blah Blah and the sky is falling. Your team coach(little brother) has a serious point guard problem. I would say check the pg stats for little brother but as their main fan I am sure you know this. We will not lose both of those games. Now go tell your mom the basement is cold!!!!!

      1. 1-1 may not be acceptable. We were projected to be 2-0 beginning of year. The bigs may be playing at higher level in some games than last year, but they should be more consistent for 5 star ratings they came in with. 25 points 1 game and 0 the next game should not be acceptable. Some of this is on Cal for selecting star ratings over toughness.

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