Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cats 13 Points Away From Being 26-2

One interesting stat I noticed while looking at UK's season to date was that 6 of UK's 8 losses are by a combined total of 13 points. Those losses are:

UNC - Lost by 2
Bama - Lost by 2
Ole Miss - Lost by 2
UF - Lost by 2
Vandy - Lost by 4
Arkansas - Lost by 1(OT)

The positive way to view this is by saying that the Cats have had a very good chance to win in almost every game they've played. A made free throw here or a loose ball there could very well have changed the outcome of any of those games.

The contrary view would be that UK can't win close games. Being an optimist, I tend not to follow this view, but here is a telling stat: Kentucky has lost all of its games decided by 5 points or less. Namely, those games listed above. Those that follow UK know that the Cats have had trouble closing out games this season, but somehow, in the games that are seemingly close that UK wins, UK seems to bump the score up a bit at the end.

I like to view these stats as UK stepping on the gas during the close games they win and narrowly missing out on the close games they lose. What do you think?

Oh, and by the way, Happy "Jorts Day" everyone. Our friends at Kentucky Sports Radio are doing a tribute to Josh "Jorts" Harrelson the lone UK senior on senior day. Check it out for yourself: www.kentuckysportsradio.com.