EXPLANATION OF DATA AND
Campbell Wins Opening Tip For Moral Victory of Kentucky
Kentucky's pre-season diet of cupcakes ended tonight against Campbell. Campbell won the opening tip of the game, and Kentucky didn't look back, building a 45-11 half time lead, and winning the game 82 - 50. Now, serious basketball will be the cats' steady diet.
Kentucky's offensive efficiency for the game was 0.919 ppp, significantly lower than the 1.000 ppp I predicted. On defense, Kentucky allowed 0.562 ppp, significantly better than the 0.696 ppp I predicted.
Based on this season's NCAA RPI Strength of Schedule and season performance, I predicted a 26 point Kentucky margin, 82 - 56.
During the Campbell game, Kentucky had a total of 90 possessions, fourteen of which resulted from offensive rebounds. The average offensive efficiency for the first chance possessions for the game was 0.974 ppp while the average efficiency for the 14 second chance possessions was 0.539 ppp. Campbell was more efficient on its 13 second chance possessions [0.692 ppp] than its 76 first chance possessions [0.571 ppp].
Kentucky opens SEC play next Wednesday in Rupp Arena against a very good South Carolina team.
Let's compare the teams as of January 2, 2005
UK South Carolina
Win-Loss Record 9 - 1 8 - 3
Based on each team's early performance with an adjustment for strength of schedule, I would make the following prediction: While the analysis produces a dead heat, too close to call, prediction, I believe that Kentucky will benefit from its home court, and win by 1 or 2 points at the end.
UK 67 South Carolina 66