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It has to be miller because of the shots he hit and the times that he hit them
I think you can definitely make a strong case for that. His energy and all-around play drives this team.
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I bet Lamb has had a tough couple days since that game. You know Cal is all over him for it. This was a great game for Cal to teach on. Vandy is in trouble.
I have a feeling we're in for a nail-biter on Saturday. Vandy's an experienced bunch that has played well in Rupp before and won't be in awe of the atmosphere. And we all know how visiting shooters see hula hoops instead of basketball rims at Rupp.
Cal's probably hoping that his guys learned from the mistakes at MSU and didn't forget them just because they found a way to win.
This year, opponents have made 33.6% of their 3 point attempts against this Kentucky defense. This array of opponents have averaged 33.8% against all of their opponents this season. The NCAA D1 average 3 point shooting percentage is 34.4%. However, when we look at what UK’s opponents have done at Rupp this year we see a different picture.
On neutral courts, the opponents have made 22 of 74 attempts, 29.7%. On the road, opponents have made 48 of 132 attempts, 36.4%. At Rupp this season, the opponents have made 100 of 338 attempts, 29.6%.
Yes, some teams have shot better at Rupp from long range than they have for the season. Actually, 5 teams have done this so far, Portland, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. But look at the list of teams who came into Rupp and did not turn that trick, including Louisville, St Johns, and Florida among the long list of others.
St. Johns -12.5%
UT Chattanooga -2.6%
Loyola MD -0.2%
South Carolina -5.5%
But then, there is the less is more argument.
Bama and Ole Miss are two that didn't make any sense at all. Those are two really bad perimeter shooting teams.
Jeff, I am not sure these sort of outliers occur based on logic, I believe they are just what they are, the statistical exceptions that occur in both directions in any set of events. However, in the aggregate, the data makes sense. Kentucky's defense over the course of time is pretty good.
The strength of the Kentucky defense is revealed in the 2 point shooting results, that have forced opponents all year to live and die at the perimeter. Some teams find a living out there, but the vast majority of teams have found life hard at the perimeter despite UK's strangling interior defense.
This is why this team has been so powerful, the 5 outliers from the perimeter notwithstanding.
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