KENTUCKY – CORNELL | BY THE NUMBERS

The best of the rest are left.The John Wall

#1 seed Kentucky defeats East Tennessee State (100-71) and Wake Forest (90-60) to advance while #12 seed Cornell defeats Temple (78-65) and Wisconsin (87-69).

BACKGROUND:

Kentucky plays in the SEC conference, traditionally one of the top conferences in the nation. The Cats boast 7 National titles, second only to UCLA. Winners of 2,022 games and the all-time leader in win percentage. Has four + potential first round choices for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Cornell plays in the Ivy League. Making their first ever visit to the Sweet 16. Has eight Seniors on the current roster. Leads the Nation in 3-point shooting efficiency at 43.44%. Winner’s of 1,145 games. Set an Ivy League record of 29 wins in a single season. Is 1-0 all-time against Kentucky.

Brief overview of the numbers:

Kentucky has played 36 games to Cornell’s 33. UK shoots 48.37% from the field vs Cornell’s 48.57%, a stat that surprised me when you consider that Cornell shoots 43.44% from 3-point range vs Kentucky’s 34.67%. UK dominates the board with a 7.60 rebound margin over Cornell. Assists per game are pretty even at 15.22 for UK to 16.21 for Cornell. UK averages 80.11 points per game versus Cornell’s 75.76. The one staggering stat is blocks where Kentucky absolutely dominates with 7.31 to the Big Red’s 3.76. (We don’t expect blocks to truly be a factor as we expect the Big Red to shoot tons from beyond the arc as they average 22.39 attempts per game)

Keys to the game:

KENTUCKY:

  • Control the boards.
  • In your face defense against Ryan Wittman (17.8 points per game) and Louis Dale (12.6 points per game)
  • Limit open 3-point shots.
  • Dominate the points in the paint category.

CORNELL:

  • Hit 45%+ on 3-pointers.
  • Generate at least 25 three point attempts.
  • Control John Wall (16.8 points per game) and Eric Bledsoe (11.4 points per game) and their ability to create run outs.
  • Control the pace and the possessions

Here’s the full stats comparison:

UK – CORNELL STATS COMPARISONS

CATEGORY UK CORN UK +/-
RPI 2 46
RPI Strength of Schedule 31 205
Pomeroy Ranking 3 44
Pomeroy Offense 10 9
Pomeroy Defense 8 130
Field Goals 1,021 897 124
Field Goal Attempts 2,111 1,847 264
Field Goal Percentage 48.37% 48.57% -0.20%
3 Point Field Goal 225 321 (96)
3 Point Field Goal Att 649 739 (90)
3 Point Field Goal Perc 34.67% 43.44% -8.77%
Free Throws 617 385 232
Free Throw Attempts 916 525 391
Free Throw Percentage 67.36% 73.33% -5.98%
Offensive Rebounds 501 342 159
Off Reb Per Game 13.92 10.36 3.55
Defensive Rebounds 991 775 216
Def Reb Per Game 27.53 23.48 4.04
Total Rebounds 1,492 1,117 375
Rebounds Per Game 41.44 33.85 7.60
Total Assists 548 535 13
Assists Per Game 15.22 16.21 (0.99)
Turnovers 518 399 119
Turnovers Per Game 14.39 12.09 2.30
Blocks 263 124 139
Blocks Per Game 7.31 3.76 3.55
Steals 261 237 24
Steals Per Game 7.25 7.18 0.07
Points 2,884 2,500 384
Points Per Game 80.11 75.76 4.35
1st Half points 1,411 1,210 201
2nd Half Points 1,438 1,253 185
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