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A closer look at Kentucky basketball’s three-point shooting

Kentucky forward Kevin Knox (5) shoots a three-pointer while being defended by Vanderbilt forward Clevon Brown (15) during UK’s 83-81 overtime win at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
Kentucky forward Kevin Knox (5) shoots a three-pointer while being defended by Vanderbilt forward Clevon Brown (15) during UK’s 83-81 overtime win at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Kentucky made just two of 20 three-point shots in the Cats’ 69-60 loss at Missouri on Saturday.

That’s just 10.0 percent, the second-lowest percentage in the John Calipari era for games in which Kentucky has attempted 20-or-more three-point shots.

As a team, UK is now shooting 33.5 percent from three, which ranks 243rd out of 351 Division I teams. Of Calipari’s nine Kentucky teams, that ranks ahead of the 2009-10 and 2013-14 teams.

This Kentucky team gets only 19.2 percent of its points on three-pointers, which ranks 350th out of those 351 teams.

Here are some charts:

Kentucky’s 10 worst three-point shooting games under Calipari

Date

Opponent

3PT

Pct

Score

Dec

2/27/10

@Tennessee

2-22

0.091

65-74

L

2/3/18

@Missouri

2-20

0.100

60-69

L

3/27/10

vsWest Virginia (ncaa)

4-32

0.125

66-73

L

2/16/10

@Mississippi State

4-24

0.167

81-75

W (OT)

3/4/14

Alabama

5-28

0.179

55-48

W

12/1/12

Baylor

4-22

0.182

55-64

L

11/12/13

vsMichigan State

4-20

0.200

74-78

L

1/8/14

Mississippi State

4-20

0.200

84-633

W

3/11/12

vsVanderbilt (sec)

6-28

0.214

64-71

L

1/30/16

@Kansas

5-23

0.217

84-90

L (OT)

Kentucky team three-point shooting per game under Calipari

Year

3PM

3PA

Pct

2009-10

6.08

18.34

0.331

2010-11

7.39

18.61

0.397

2011-12

5.63

14.88

0.378

2012-13

5.58

16.12

0.346

2013-14

5.08

15.28

0.332

2014-15

5.21

14.92

0.349

2015-16

6.78

18.50

0.366

2016-17

7.03

19.92

0.353

2017-18

4.91

14.65

0.335

Kentucky’s three-point shooting this season

Player

3PM

3PA

Pct

Kevin Knox

36

104

0.346

Quade Green

23

64

0.359

Wenyen Gabriel

21

61

0.344

Hamidou Diallo

17

52

0.327

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

12

31

0.387

PJ Washington

4

19

0.211

Brad Calipari

0

5

0.000

Sacha Killeya-Jones

0

1

0.000

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