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This team is flat out bad on defense and that is what is so disturbing to me. Cal has said that if you cannot play defense then you cannot play here. I do not see one person on the team that fits that mold tonight. They can't move their feet and cannot rebound. That is inexcusable in my book, just an awful performance all the way around tonight.
Is it Sunday yet?!? I am more excited to hear what Stoops has to say rather than watch this poor display of basketball!
UK scored its 50 points in 57 possessions [0.88 ppp] for the game, and NOTRE DAME scored its 64 points on 57 possessions [1.12 ppp].
Notre Dame won the boards, with a rebounding edge 33-27, and NOTRE DAME won the offensive glass with a 10-8 offensive rebounding advantage. NOTRE DAME converted its 10 second chance possessions into 8 second chance points while Kentucky converted their 8 second chance possessions to score 7 second chance points. NOTRE DAME had an offensive efficiency of 0.982 ppp on its 57 first chance possessions and 0.800 ppp for its 10 second chance possessions. UK had 0.754 ppp on its 57 first chance possessions and 0.875 ppp on its 8 second chance possessions. With respect to the offensive rebounding, UK grabbed a a weak 25.8% of its misses as offensive rebounds while NOTRE DAME was able to convert a respectable 34.5% of its misses into bonus possessions with offensive rebounds.
UK hit poorly from the free throw line in this game, making 8-14[57.1%]. NOTRE DAME made 8-12 [66.7%] for the game. Field goal shooting for UK was 19-47 overall [40.4%] and 4-14 from long range [28.6%]. For NOTRE DAME, their field goal shooting from inside the arc was a strong 16-35 [45.7%] and from long range, NOTRE DAME hit 8-15 [53.3%].
The Cats who committed 12 turnovers, one for every 4.7 possessions. The Cats forced 11 NOTRE DAME turnovers, one for every 5.2 possessions.
Prior to the game, the NGE analysis predicted a 1 point UK loss, 71-72 at a pace of 68 possessions for UK and 68 possessions for Notre Dame. The final score was 50 (71) to 64 (72) at a pace of 57 possessions for the Cats and 57 possessions for NOTRE DAME. The UK offensive efficiency for the game was 0.877 ppp (1.044 ppp) and the UK defensive efficiency was 1.123 ppp (1.059 ppp).
Next Game On Schedule: Saturday afternoon against Baylor at Rupp Arena
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