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Outcry over SEC Thurs-Sat schedule off the mark

When second-ranked Kentucky lost 74-65 at Tennessee on Saturday, fans of the Big Blue immediately began to look for reasons for their beloved team’s loss other than the fact Bruce Pearl’s team showed more heart and desire.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Patrick+Patterson&iid=8123494″ src=”4/3/f/1/Kentucky_News_4fef.jpg?adImageId=10926571&imageId=8123494″ width=”234″ height=”316″ /]They decided the culprit was the SEC schedule, which forced the ’Cats to play a late game Thursday night (a blowout home win over South Carolina) and come back to play the Vols on the road at noon on a Saturday.

And make no mistake: John Calipari’s team played the first 27 minutes as though someone hit the snooze button. The Wildcats shot a season-low 35 percent, including an abysmal 2 of 22 from 3-point range. They trailed by as many as 19 points before tying the game at 65 with a little more than 2 minutes to go. The Vols then scored the final nine points and UK left Knoxville with just its second loss of the season.

So does the argument about Thursday-Saturday wash? Actually, it does not. Not even close. On that same weekend Vanderbilt won Thursday night at home against Georgia then played an early game Saturday at Arkansas, where the Commodores hadn’t won during Kevin Stallings’ tenure (0-5). But Vandy ripped the Hogs 89-72.

In fact, teams that have gone through the Thursday-Saturday spin cycle have a surprising record of 13-8. It’s hard to claim any deleterious effect when the winning percentage sits at .619.

Thursday-Saturday teams notably have struggled from the 3-point line, which makes sense. The legs just don’t seem to be there. The teams that have played Thursday then Saturday have shot .333 (143-329) from 3 on Thursdays and just .279 (116-416) from 3 on Saturdays. That’s a  huge statistical difference.

Yet, for the most part it hasn’t kept those teams from winning. So the folks crying foul about the scheduling probably should check the replay.

Here is the breakdown of SEC teams that have played Thursday-Saturday games:

Thursday, Jan. 14

Arkansas at Mississippi State. Bulldogs win 82-80. Hogs shoot .408 (31-76), .444 from 3 (8-18). Bulldogs shoot .474 (27-57), .471 from 3 (8-17).

Auburn at Tennessee. Vols win 81-55. Tigers shoot .304 (17-56), .314 from 3 (11-35). Vols shoot .608 (31-51), .389 from 3 (7-18).

Saturday, Jan. 16

Alabama at Arkansas. Hogs win 71-59 and shoot .456 (26-57), .263 from 3 (5-19).

Ole Miss at Tennessee. Vols win 71-69 and shoot .354 (23-65), .261 from 3 (6-23).

Georgia at Mississippi State. MSU wins 72-69 and shoots .414 (24-58), .258 from 3 (8-31).

Kentucky at Auburn. Wildcats win 72-67. Tigers shoot .417 (25-60), .375 from 3 (9-24).

Net: 3-point shooting on Thursday 34-88 (.386); 3-point shooting on Saturday 28-97 (.289).

Record: Thursday teams went 3-1. All four played at home.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Florida at Arkansas. Gators win 71-66. Gators shoot .355 (22-62), .353 from 3 (6-17). Hogs shoot .442 (23-52), .381 from 3 (8-21).

Saturday, Jan. 23

Arkansas at Kentucky. Wildcats win 101-70. Hogs shoot .306 (22-72), .188 from 3 (3-16).

South Carolina at Florida. Gators win 58-56 and shoot .415 (22-53). .267 from 3 (4-15).

Net: 3-point shooting on Thursday 14-38 (.368); 3-point shooting on Saturday 7-31 (.226).

Record: Thursday teams went 1-1.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Ole Miss at Auburn. Rebels win 84-74 and shoot .567 (34-60), .412 from 3 (7-17). Tigers shoot .365 (27-74), .306 from 3 (11-36).

Mississippi State at Arkansas. Hogs win 67-62 and shoot .365 (19-52), .333 (7-21). Bulldogs shoot .313 (21-67), .192 from 3 (5-26).

Saturday, Jan. 30*

Alabama at Auburn. Tigers win 58-57 and shoot .426 (20-47), .188 from 3 (3-16).

*Arkansas at Ole Miss. The Hogs and Rebels were to have played on Saturday but inclement weather postponed the game till 6 p.m. Sunday. Thus, it is not included for the purpose of this research.

LSU at Mississippi State. Bulldogs win 67-51 and shoot.420 (21-50), .318 from 3 (7-22).

Net: 3-point shooting on Thursday for teams that also played Saturday 16-62 (.258); 3-point shooting on Saturday 10-38 (.263).

Record: 2-0.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Florida at Alabama. Gators win 66-65 and shoot .500 (27-54), .389 from 3 (7-18). Tide shoots .449 (22-49), .429 from 3 (9-21).

Tennessee at LSU. Vols win 59-54 and shoot .400 (22-55), .278 from 3 (5-18). Tigers shoot .305 (18-59), .217 (5-23).

Saturday, Feb. 6

Mississippi State at Florida. Gators win 69-62 and shoot .403 (25-62), .176 from 3 (3-17).

Kentucky at LSU. Wildcats win 81-55. Tigers shoot .318 (21-66), .182 from 3 (4-18).

Alabama at Ole Miss. Rebels win 74-67. Tide shoots .500 (24-48), .462 (6-13).

South Carolina at Tennessee. Vols win 79-53 and shoot .458 (27-59), .353 from 3 (6-17).

Net: 3-point shooting on Thursday 26-80 (.325); 3-point shooting on Saturday 19-65 (.292).

Record: 2-2.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Ole Miss at Mississippi State. Bulldogs win 71-63 and shoot .490 (24-49), .333 from 3 (8-24).

Saturday, Feb. 13*

Auburn at Mississippi State. Bulldogs win 85-75 and shoot .414 (29-70), .324 from 3 (11-34).

*Ole Miss didn’t play again till Feb. 18.

Net: 3-point shooting on Thursday 8-24 (.333); 3-point shooting on Saturday 11-34 (.324).

Record: 1-0.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Vanderbilt at Ole Miss. Commodores win 82-78 and shoot .473 (26-55), .308 from 3 (4-13). Rebels shoot .484 (30-62), .444 from 3 (8-18).

Auburn at Florida. Gators win 78-70 and shoot .440 (22-50), and .200 from 3 (2-10). Tigers shoot .434 (23-53), .241 from 3 (7-29).

Saturday, Feb. 20

Florida at Ole Miss. Gators win 64-61 and shoot .365 (19-52), .077 from 3 (1-13). Rebels shoot .418 (23-55), .300 from 3 (6-20).

Kentucky at Vanderbilt. Wildcats win 58-56. Commodores shoot .321 (18-56), .100 from 3 (2-20).

Arkansas at Auburn. Tigers win 92-83 and shoot .609 (28-46), .579 from 3 (11-19).

Net: 3-point shooting on Thursday 21-70 (.300); 3-point shooting on Saturday 20-72 (.278).

Record: 2-2.

Thursday, Feb. 25

South Carolina at Kentucky. Wildcats win 82-61 and shoot .500 (32-64), .273 from 3 (3-11). Gamecocks shoot .388 (26-67), .200 from 3 (4-20).

Georgia at Vanderbilt. Commodores win 96-94 in overtime and shoot .450 (27-60), .467 from 3 (7-15). Bulldogs shoot .465 (33-71), .476 from 3 (10-21).

Saturday, Feb. 27

Kentucky at Tennessee. Vols win 74-67. Wildcats shoot .350 (21-60), .091 from 3 (2-22).

Vanderbilt at Arkansas. Commodores win 89-72 and shoot .533 (32-60), .313 from 3 (5-16).

Mississippi State at South Carolina. Bulldogs win 76-63. Gamecocks shoot .433 (26-60), .250 from 3 (7-28).

Florida at Georgia. Bulldogs win 78-76 and shoot .574 (31-54), .538 from 3 (7-13).

Net: 3-point shooting on Thursday 24-67 (.358); 3-point shooting on Saturday 21-79 (.266).

Record: 2-2.

Overall 3-point shooting drop-off from Thursday (143-429, .333) to Saturday (116-416, .279).

Overall record: 13-8

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  1. Wildman
    March 10, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Calipari is always whining like a baby. Shut up and teach a kid how to make a free throw and your problems, at least on the court, will be solved.

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