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Stats spotlight: Kentucky-Ole Miss

Stat of the Day: Kentucky could finish with its fewest points per 100 possessions under John Calipari. It's the start of a big week for the Ole Miss Rebels. They can tie the school record for consecutive SEC wins in a season (seven, set in 1998) with a win over the Kentucky Wildcats tonight, then break the mark against the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Ole Miss has won the past two meetings with Kentucky in Oxford. It gets a crack at three in a row Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

What are some of the storylines? Here's a quick look.

What Kentucky does best: Points in the Paint

Kentucky may not be the offensive juggernaut of recent memory (see the infographic above), but it averages 39.8 paint points per game this season, the most among Big Six conference teams. The Wildcats have scored the most paint points of any major conference team in the past two seasons.

Most Paint PPG
Big Six Conferences, This Season

Ole Miss may be a little susceptible to this. It has allowed at least 30 paint points in each of its past four home games.

Kentucky is shooting nearly 54 percent on 2-point field goals this season, the second-highest percentage in the SEC.

The Wildcats are 12-1 when they shoot at least 50 percent inside the 3-point line and are 1-5 when they shoot less than 50 percent.

What Ole Miss does best: Easy points

Ole Miss is 6-0 in the SEC, largely because the Rebels are getting easy baskets.

The Rebels average 16.2 second-chance points per game, most among Big Six conference teams, and 20.1 points off turnovers per game, third-most among major conference schools.

The Rebels have been efficient on their second chances, scoring 1.33 points for every offensive rebound, the fifth-highest efficiency among major conference teams.

Key factor: Ole Miss limits opponents in transition

Ole Miss allows 0.85 points per play in transition, which is first in the SEC and 11th in the nation.

Since conference play began, the Rebels are allowing their opponents to shoot only 38 percent in transition and score only 11 transition points per game.

Kentucky averages 16.5 transition points per game, fourth-best in the SEC.

Player to watch: Marshall Henderson

Marshall Henderson is leading the SEC in scoring (19.2 PPG) and has scored 61 percent of his points from the 3-point line this season, the highest percentage in the conference.

Marshall Henderson Off Screens
This Season

Henderson has been most effective off screens this season, averaging 6.7 points per game on that play type, the third-most of anyone in the nation.

Henderson has been much better off screens this season when he comes from the right with his dominant hand. You can see the difference in the chart on the right.

Not so easy points for Ole Miss

The Rebels shot 23.5 percent from the line on Saturday, but still managed a win. That’s the lowest free throw percentage in an SEC win over the past 15 seasons. The Rebels are shooting 51 percent from the line in their past three games.

This doesn't happen often

Tuesday marks just the second time in 113 meetings that a ranked Ole Miss Rebels team takes on an unranked Kentucky Wildcats team. Ole Miss won the only other game 65-55 in Oxford in 2001 (the Rebels were ranked 21st in that game).