By RICHARD CHEEKS
In their first encounter against a D1 basketball team, the Big Blue Nation learned a thing or two about this team that Coach Calipari probably already knew. First, this team is not very strong on the boards and second Edrice (BAM) Adebayo is both foul prone and a poor free throw shooter.
The personal issues with BAM is not too surprising, but the lack of strength on the Boards is a major concern with Tom Izzo’s Spartans waiting for the Cats on Tuesday night. Against Stephen F. Austin, the Cats only rebounding 1/3 of its missed shots, which is very low for a Calipari coached team, and the Cats allowed Stephen F. Austin to rebound nearly ½ of there misses, which is also the antithesis of a Coach Calipari team.
Nevertheless, the Cats led nearly the entire game (trailing one time at 2-3 in the first minute of play), led by 28 points inside the last 5 minutes of the game, and finished with a 23 point win. So, the report from game 1 is not all gloom and doom, and Coach Calipari clearly has some talent on this team to mold and develop.
Next up for the Cats will be Canisius tonight at Rupp Arena. Last season, Canisius finished 14-19 after three consecutive seasons with winning records. The Golden Griffins finished the 2015-16 ranked #237 by Pomeroy, and Pomeroy opens the 2016-17 season with Canisius at the #225 spot.
Canisius has played one exhibition game, winning 99-95 in a game played at a pace of 78 possessions. The Adjusted Net Efficiency (ANE) analysis for this matchup, based on pre-season estimates derived from each team’s recent history, indicates a game played at a pace of 71 possessions, with the Cats winning by 31 points, 90-59. Pomeroy sees this game with UK having a 25 point advantage, 86-61 played at a pace of 69 possessions.
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