Another thing to watch tonight for Kentucky is its mid-range jump shooting. For the entire season the Wildcats have not been able to consistently hit their mid-range jump shots. They are 4-for-17 (23.5%) on mid-range jumpers and 43-108 (39.8%) on all other jump shots.
Kentucky plays its first game tonight since dropping out of the rankings. The game is vs Samford, but there are still some things to look for. Clearly the offense is an issue, having scored 55 points or fewer in its last 2 games. Some notes on Kentucky's offense comparing the first 5 games vs the last 2 games:
* In its first 5 games, Kentucky had an offensive efficiency of 122.4 (scored 122.4 points per 100 possession); in its past 2 games, its offensive efficiency is 79.5.
* The Wildcats have really struggled in transition the last 2 games. They shot 69% and scored 1.12 points per play in transition in their first 5 games; in their last 2 games they've shot 35% and scored 0.64 points per play in transition.
* The pick-and-roll has also not been working the last 2 games. In its first 5 games, Kentucky shot 57% on pick-and-roll plays (includes roll man and ball handler) and scored 1.11 points per play (49 pts total); in its last 2 games it shot 2-13 (15.4%) and scored a total of 5 points (0.33 pts per play)
From Elias: Since the 1989-90 season (the first year in which the AP rank went 25 deep) this is the 6th time a school that ranked in the top three in the preseason poll fallen out of the rankings at any point during that season.