By RICHARD CHEEKS
The Cats have rolled out their 2016-17 season with an 8-1 start, and Sunday afternoon’s game against Hofstra in the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York will mark the 1/3 mark on this regular season, yet the season is barely one month old and has three full months for the next 21 games prior to the SEC Tournament.
This will be the 10th game in 31 days. Over the next 30 days, the Cats will only play 6 times, and will not enjoy the friendly confines of Rupp Arena again until January 3 when Texas A&M comes calling.
The Cats 10th game of this season will against the Hofsta Pride of the Colonial Athletic Association. Last season, the Pride finished tied for first place in their conference with a record of 24-10; 14-4. In 2015, Hofstra also finished with a winning record, 20-14; 10-8. Hofstra has started the 2016-17 season 6-4, but one of their 6 wins came against a non-D1 opponent, reducing their D1 record to 5-4.
The “best” win in the mix thus far has been at #220 Florida Atlantic by 8 points. The Pride has lost games at #326 Sacred Heart by 4 and at #228 Manhattan by 12.
Hofstra enters this game with an ANE of -0.058 points per possession against a strength of schedule of -0.0371 ppp. The Cats enter this game with an ANE of 0.322 ppp against a strength of schedule of – -0.0062 ppp. The ANE analysis indicates a UK win by 27 points, 91-64 at a pace of 75 possessions. This would produce game efficiencies of 1.225 ppp and 0.839 ppp. Pomeroy sees this game in UK’s favor by 22 points, 93-71 at a pace of 75 possessions.
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