Updated: Jan 31
Things seem to be clicking in the world of Kentucky basketball right now, and this team looks to be one of the most prominent squads in all of college basketball. After Kentucky's win against No. 5 Kansas Saturday night on the road, many of the national writers seem to agree as well that Kentucky could be a national championship contender going forward.
The best part of the success that they're having is that they aren't just relying on one or two guys to lead the way. They have a consistent 4-6 guys each night to contribute, benefiting their roster for the nights that a player decides to go cold.
Through their first 21 games of the season, lets see who has been doing the most for the Wildcats across the stat sheet, offense wise.
Points Per Game
Oscar Tshiebwe: 16.3 PPG
TyTy Washington: 13.1 PPG
Kellan Grady: 12.0 PPG
Keion Brooks: 11.1 PPG
Sahvir Wheeler: 10.8 PPG
Field Goal Percentage (min. 50 shot attempts)
Oscar Tshiebwe: 61.5% (139/226)
Jacob Toppin: 55.6% (40/72)
Keion Brooks: 49.2 % (88/179)
TyTy Washington: 48.9% (107/219)
Sahvir Wheeler: 48.3% (84/174)
This stat is a little misleading because some players have took way more shot than other ones that are higher on the list (Ex. TyTy compared to Jacob).
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 20 shot attempts)
Kellan Grady: 43.9% (61/139)
TyTy Washignton: 37.1% (23/62)
Davion Mintz: 32.9% (24/73)
Sahvir Wheeler: 28.1% (9/32)
Keion Brooks: 22.7% (5/22)
Kentucky has had a lot of production from their entire roster this season, managing to fight their way into winning 17 of their 21 games thus far. The Wildcats are also averaging 82.1 points per game while only allowing opponents to score 64.1 points per game. They've even had 15 games this year that were won by double-digits.
We're seeing quality basketball from this veteran core, which has been led by mostly first-time Cats. I cannot wait to see how far they run with it.