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LEWIS | Looking for a UK win? Follow the numbers

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ST LOUIS (WDRB) - They say numbers never lie. Well, they don't tell the whole story, either. But, the great thing about numbers and statistics: you can manipulate them any way you want to make an argument.

Numbers and stats are also, at times, trivial. Ask any coach about one set of stats, he'll tell you it's indicative of how a certain player is performing. Like Friday night, when UK head coach John Caliapri pointed out after the Kansas State game that Julius Randle pulled down 15 rebounds. Ask a coach about another set of stats, he may tell you it's not relative at all.

That said, feel free to use the following stats to determine if Kentucky can knock off top-seeded and undefeated Wichita State Sunday in St. Louis (just don't ask Cal about it).

 

  • UK is 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in St. Louis. Before this week's games, the last time Kentucky played in the Gateway City was 2002, when they went 2-0, beating Valparaiso and Tulsa.
  • Sunday's matchup against Wichita St. pits the team with the most tournament wins in NCAA history (UK with 112) vs. the team with the most wins this season (Wichita St. with 35). 
  • John Calipari is 14-2 in NCAA Tournament games as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He has a record of 126-38 in games coached in the months of March and April.
  • Since 1992, UK has a .777 average in postseason games (108-31).
  • BBN may want to ignore this one: the last time UK was a #8 seed was 2007, when they defeated 9-seed Villanova in the opener but lost to #1 seed Kansas in the second round game.
  • Youth is not an issue: UK is the youngest team in the country. In 2012, UK was the youngest team in the NCAA and advanced to the title game. In 2013, Michigan was the youngest team in the NCAA...and advanced to the title game.
So, there you go. A few numbers which may be trivial, so use these stats at your own risk. The most important numbers for Kentucky and Wichita State will be the final score. The odds are that's what these teams are focusing on this weekend.

 

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