Sidelines with John Clay

How this year’s Kentucky basketball team ranked statistically in John Calipari era

Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) scored on a floating jumper during first half action against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA, Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) scored on a floating jumper during first half action against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA, Thursday, March 17, 2016. Lexington Herald-Leader

Now that a bow has been tied around Kentucky’s college basketball season, time to take a look at how John Calipari’s 2015-16 edition stacked up statistically against his previous six UK editions.

Let’s start with the offense.

Field goal percentage: Kentucky shot 47.8 percent for the year, which was actually the best a Calipari team had shot the ball since the title team of 2012 shot 48.8 percent.

Three-point percentage: Again, this Calipari team shot the ball beyond the arc better (36.6 percent) than any UK team since the 2012 title team. The 2015-16 team made more threes (244) than any UK team since the 2010-11 team (281). That team, lead by Brandon Knight, shot 39.7 percent from three-point land.

Free throw percentage: By Calipari’s standards, at 69 percent, this was a decent free throw shooting team. It was not as accurate at the line as last year’s team, which shot 72.6 percent. But it was more accurate than the 2013-14 team, at 68.2, or the 2012-13 team, at a Calipari-low 64.2.

Points per possession: Only the 2012 national championship team was more efficient offensively. That team averaged 1.164 points per possession, or 116.4 points per 100 possessions. This year’s team averaged 1.153 or 115.3 per 100.

Turnover percentage: This team was among Calipari’s better editions taking care of the basketball, which should not be a surprise considering Tyler Ulis was the point guard. The 2011 team averaged a turnover on just 16.1 percent of its possessions. This team tied with last year’s team for second at 16.2

Offensive rebounding percentage: This was not Calipari’s worst team on the offensive glass, but it was not one of his best. It finished with an ORP of 37.5, lagging behind last year’s 39.5 and the outstanding 42.0 posted by the 2014 national runner-up team. It did rank ahead of the 2012-13 team (35.3) and the 2010-11 team (34.3).

Now let’s turn our attention to the defense.

Field goal percentage: Opponents made 39.7 percent of their shots, which ranked second-highest in the Calipari Era. Only the 2013-14 team allowed a better field goal percentage at 41.1.

Three-point percentage: This team had less success guarding the three than any other Calipari team. Opponents hit 32.6 percent of their threes, topping the 32.4 percentage allowed by both the 2012-13 team and the 2010-11 team.

Free throw percentage: This isn’t really a defensive stat. You can’t guard free throws. Opponents made 70.2 percent of their free throws this past season. Last year, UK’s foes made 65.9 percent.

Points per possession: Given the aforementioned numbers, this team did not fare well in defensive efficiency compared to Cal’s previous UK teams. Only the 2013-14 team, which allowed 1.002 points per possession, was less efficient than this year’s team, which allowed 0.983. Last year’s team allowed a Calipari-Era best 0.845 points per possession.

Turnover percentage: This team was just average at forcing turnovers. Opponents turned the ball over on 17.9 percent of their possessions. Compare that to last season when opponents turned the ball over on 21.3 percent of their possessions.

Offensive rebound percentage: Again, this team had trouble keeping opponents off the offensive glass. Only Calipari’s first team, the 2009-10 team, allowed a higher average. It allowed opponents to rebound 32 percent of their misses. This year’s team allowed 31.9 percent.

Kentucky’s offensive statistics in John Calipari Era

Year

FG%

3P%

FT%

PPP

TO%

OR%

2015-16

47.8

36.6

69.0

1.156

16.2

37.5

2014-15

48.9

34.9

72.6

1.153

16.2

39.5

2013-14

45.3

33.2

68.2

1.123

18.0

42.0

2012-13

46.1

34.6

64.2

1.081

19.4

35.3

2011-12

48.8

37.8

72.3

1.164

17.0

37.9

2010-11

45.9

39.7

71.0

1.130

16.1

34.3

2009-10

47.8

33.1

66.8

1.120

20.3

41.0

Kentucky’s defensive statistics in John Calipari Era

Year

FG%

3P%

FT%

PPP

TO%

OR%

2015-16

39.7

32.6

70.2

0.983

17.9

31.9

2014-15

35.4

27.1

65.9

0.845

21.3

31.8

2013-14

41.1

32.2

69.0

1.002

16.1

29.7

2012-13

39.2

32.4

71.9

0.959

17.6

31.2

2011-12

37.4

31.8

69.4

0.914

17.6

31.3

2010-11

39.4

32.4

72.3

0.954

18.1

30.7

2009-10

37.8

31.8

68.8

0.920

19.8

32.0

Offensive rankings for John Calipari’s Kentucky teams

Year

FG%

3P%

FT%

PPP

TO%

OR%

2015-16

2

3

4

2

2

5

2014-15

4

4

1

3

2

3

2013-14

7

6

5

5

5

1

2012-13

5

5

7

7

6

6

2011-12

1

2

2

1

4

4

2010-11

6

1

3

4

1

7

2009-10

2

7

6

6

7

2

Defensive rankings for John Calipari’s Kentucky teams

Year

FG%

3P%

FT%

PPP

TO%

OR%

2015-16

6

7

5

6

4

6

2014-15

1

1

1

1

1

5

2013-14

7

4

3

7

7

1

2012-13

4

5

6

5

5

3

2011-12

2

2

4

2

5

4

2010-11

5

5

7

4

3

2

2009-10

3

2

2

3

2

7

Related stories from Lexington Herald Leader

  Comments