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Kentucky Wildcats By The Numbers: Wisconsin Edition


After last night’s thrilling victory (a repetitive statement in this year’s tournament), everyone here in Lexington is amped up for a shot at a ninth national championship trophy. Before we move on completely from last night’s win, let’s first take a look at some interesting numbers from the national semifinal game against Wisconsin.

-Kentucky turned the ball over just four times. This is the fewest since three turnovers at South Carolina on Feb. 4, 2012.

-Previously, the low on turnovers for this team was seven. This happened in three games (vs UNCA, vs Belmont and @ Missouri).

-Kentucky turned the ball over on just 6.6% of its possessions. This is the lowest since it turned the ball over on 5.0% in a 2012 game at South Carolina.

-Wisconsin led the nation with just 8.1 turnovers per game. Against Kentucky, they turned it over eight times.

-Kentucky took just five three-pointers, the fewest since they were @ Tennessee on January 14, 2012. This marks just the second time Kentucky has taken only five three-pointers in a game since Nov. 29, 2008.

-The two made three-pointers are fewest in a game for Kentucky since they played LSU at home on February 22 this season.

-Kentucky has shot 50% in three of its last four games. The Wildcats shot 54% against Wichita State and 53.4% against Michigan.

-Kentucky averaged 1.214 points per possession, while Wisconsin averaged 1.187 points per possession.

-Kentucky’s offensive rebound percentage was 34.4%, well below their average of 42.5. Wisconsin got just 22.2 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities.

-Wisconsin went 19-20 on free throws, good for 95%. This is the best free throw percentage by a Kentucky opponent, with at least 20 free throw attempts, in the Calipari Era. The previous best was Georgia’s 30-34, good for 88.2 percent, when Kentucky was @ Georgia on January 8, 2011.

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