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Numbers favor Cats by 18 points over Vanderbilt

Immanuel Quickley (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

The Cats return to Rupp Arena tonight after getting out of Lubbock with a hard fought win over a good Texas Tech team on Saturday in the 2020 version of the SEC-Big 12 challenge. Since dropping a pair of neutral court games in Las Vegas before Christmas, the Cats have put together seven wins in their last eight games including an overtime win at Rupp over #9 Louisville, and road games at Georgia, Arkansas, and Texas Tech. The only loss in over the last month was a 3-point loss at South Carolina in a game that remains a head scratcher.

The Cats have been improving, just as Coach Calipari has promised that his team would, and there remains room for further growth as the season’s last January game will occur on Wednesday when Vanderbilt comes to Rupp.

Vanderbilt opened the 2019-20 season with 5 wins in their first six games generally against an assortment of weak sisters of the poor. However, since Thanksgiving, the Commodores have only won 3 times in 13 starts. Through 19 games, Vanderbilt’s strongest single game has been a 37 point win over #334 South Carolina State (Game ANE, 0.34 ppp), and Vanderbilt’s last win was over #101 Davidson by 5 (Game ANE, 0.16 ppp). The Commodores are winless in SEC play and bring an overall record of 8-11 into Rupp Arena.

Vanderbilt’s current ANE is an 0.011 ppp against a schedule strength of 0.027 ppp and a tempo of 70.3 possessions per game. The Cats bring an ANE of 0.210 ppp into this game having played a schedule strength of 0.064 ppp at a tempo of 70.2 possessions per game.

Based on this data for these teams, an ANE analysis indicates this game will have a tempo of 70 possessions with the Cats winning by 18 points, 81-63.


  1. UK scored its 71 points on 65 possessions (1.092 ppp) for the game, and VANDERBILT scored its 62 points on 65 possessions (0.954 ppp).

    Kentucky won the battle of the boards 37-29, and Kentucky controlled the offensive glass 10-8, which produced a 11-0 advantage on second chance points for the Cats. VANDERBILT had an offensive efficiency of 0.954 ppp on its 65 first chance possessions and 0.000 ppp for its 8 second chance possessions. UK had 0.923 ppp on its 65 first chance possessions and 1.100 ppp on its 10 second chance possessions. With respect to the offensive rebounding, UK grabbed 32.3%of its misses as offensive rebounds while VANDERBILT was able to convert 22.9% of its misses into bonus possessions with offensive rebounds.

    UK hit well from the free throw line in this game, making 16-19 [84.2%]. VANDERBILT made 11-16 [68.8%] for the game. Field goal shooting for UK was 26-56 overall [46.4%] and 3-10 from long range [30.0%]. For Vanderbilt, their field goal shooting from inside the arc was 12-28 [42.9%] and from long range, VANDERBILT hit 9-26 [34.6%].

    The Cats committed 11 turnovers, one for every 5.9 possessions. The Cats forced 12 VANDERBILT turnovers, one for every 5.4 possessions.

    Next Game On Schedule: Saturday evening at Auburn in the Cats’ twenty first regular season game and the 8th game of the 2020 SEC season.

  2. Not knocking your stats as far who will win and by how much. Your facts have been off base this year due too much of this team giving us cardiac arrest. Lol

  3. My facts? What facts?

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