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Kentucky Leads NCAA In Efficiency Differential At +32.6

Mar 4, 2015 3:29 PM

When Kentucky won the national championship in 2012 with a team built around Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones, they finished the season with an efficiency differential of +24.8.

The Wildcats scored 114.4 points per 100 possessions while giving up just 89.5. Kentucky lost just two games that season (Indiana and Vanderbilt).

This season, John Calipari's team has an efficiency differential of +32.6. Kentucky is scoring 114.0 points per 100 possessions and have been even better on defense by allowing 81.4 points per 100 possessions.

Kentucky figures to play at least some closer games during the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament, which could reduce the efficiency differential, but it will likely remain significantly better than their very good 11-12 season.

Season-by-Season Efficiency Differential Leader (Major Conference)
2014: Louisville (+28.7)
2013: Florida (+26.8)
2012: Kentucky (+24.8)
2011: Ohio State (+27.0)
2010: Kansas (+24.7)

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Calipari: We Could Have $3 Billion In Created Wealth For Our Players Within Six Years

Mar 2, 2015 7:25 PM

John Calipari has created a great pipeline at Kentucky to send players to the NBA while achieving success within the college game.

“Recruiting is 24/7 but what recruits kids are results. We’ve had 19 players drafted here in the last five years, we’ll probably have six or seven off this team," said Calipari.

"We had three guys in the All Star game this past year. The results speak for themselves. We’ve had 31 guys go to NBA (including previous stops), with $820 million in created wealth and that doesn’t include shoe contracts, endorsements, or Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, or Brandon Knight’s second contract or the guys currently on my team so you are probably talking well over $1 billion. Within the next five to six years, that could be around $3 billion in created wealth for our players. That recruits other players. Now we have to stay on top of it. I have to travel and make sure I’m at the gyms and they see me. The reality of it is, the best thing that sells is results,” said Calipari.

There are currently 18 players in the NBA that went to Kentucky.

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Top NBA Draft Prospects (February Stats)

Mar 2, 2015 11:49 AM

The following stats are for the month of February for the prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Jahlil Okafor: 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 32.4 minutes, 26.9 PER

Karl-Anthony Towns: 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 blocks, 21.0 minutes, 33.0 PER

D'Angelo Russell: 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 34.5 minutes, 21.7 PER

Stanley Johnson: 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 27.0 minutes, 20.3 PER

Willie Cauley-Stein: 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 22.8 minutes, 20.9 PER

Mario Hezonja: 10.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 18.6 minutes, 22.1 PER

Kristaps Porzingis: 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 21.8 minutes, 20.4 PER

Kevon Looney: 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 30.6 minutes, 17.1 PER

Justise Winslow: 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.6 blocks, 34.1 minutes, 24.3 PER

Myles Turner: 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 24.1 minutes, 21.3 PER

Kelly Oubre: 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 23.8 minutes, 22.2 PER

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Kentucky Beating NBA In Terms Of TV Viewership

Feb 13, 2015 2:04 PM

Kentucky remains undefeated at 24-0 and are beating the NBA in television ratings.

The Wildcats drew 3.2 million viewers last Saturday against Florida and 2.4 this week against LSU.

On the next night, the Cleveland Cavaliers drew 1.59 million when they played the Miami Heat.

According to figures provided by Sports TV Ratings, only three NBA games on cable this season have reeled in more viewers than Kentucky/Florida.

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ACC, Pac-12, SEC Have Most Players Currently In NBA

Feb 9, 2015 2:06 PM

The ACC has the most former players currently in the NBA with 74, followed by the Pac-12 with 59 and SEC with 55.

Duke has 20 current NBA players, while North Carolina and Kentucky each have 18.

ACC: 74

Pac-12: 59

SEC: 55

Big Ten: 38

Big 12: 35

Big East: 24

American Athletic: 21

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Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, Cauley-Stein, Porzingis In New DraftExpress Top-5

Jan 6, 2015 4:34 PM

DraftExpress has updated their Top-100 prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft with Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprising the top-5.

Justise Winslow, Mario Hezonja, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre and D'angelo Russell round out the top-10.

Frank Kaminsky (14) and Jerian Grant (27) are the only seniors in the top-30.

Other notables include Myles Turner at 12 and Cliff Alexander at 17.

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Carlton Bragg To Announce College Decision On Jan. 8

Jan 5, 2015 12:47 PM

Carlton Bragg will make his college decision on Jan. 8.

Bragg, who is ranked No. 14 for the class of 2015 by Rivals, will decide between Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky, while UCLA is also in the mix.

Bragg has taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA and Illinois has also hosted the forward throughout his recruiting process. 

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Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL

Dec 12, 2014 10:58 AM

Alex Poythress will miss the remainder of the 14-15 season for Kentucky with a torn ACL.

Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

"When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only to do things for themselves but for other people -- I can't begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt," coach John Calipari said in a release. "My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it's happened to Alex."

 

Pursuing a title was a key motivation for Poythress to return for a third season with the Wildcats after last spring's NCAA title-game loss to Connecticut. 

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Kentucky Adds Five-Star Duo

Nov 13, 2014 7:05 PM

Five-star prospects Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe committed to Kentucky on Thursday as members of the 2015 recruiting class.

Labissiere is rated as the No. 11 player in the ESPN 100. He's a 6-foot-10 center regarded as a shot-blocker with lots of upside. He chose Kentucky over Baylor, Georgetown, Memphis, North Carolina, and Tennesseee.

Briscoe is rated as the No. 13 player in the ESPN 100 and the No. 1 point guard. The 6-foot-3 prospect is a powerful presence that can play either guard spot. He chose Kentucky over Connecticut and St. John's.

The five-stars join shooting guard Charles Matthews as members of Kentucky's 2015 class.

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Calipari: Kentucky Would 'Get Buried' By Any NBA Team

Nov 10, 2014 11:57 AM

Kentucky defeated Georgetown College 121-52 in an exhibition game on Sunday.

Georgetown College coach Scott Briggs suggested John Calipari's team is good enough to beat some NBA teams.

"I told the guys in the locker room, they could have beaten some NBA teams tonight, there’s no question in my mind," Briggs told reporters after the game.

"I knew they were good coming into this game, but sitting out there watching it in front of their eyes, on the sideline, honestly I don't see how they're going to get beat this year. I don't like to say that, because I know people have off nights, and things can happen and this-and-that, and injuries and things like that, but if they play like they did tonight, they're an NBA playoff team."

Calipari quickly shot down that narrative by responding on Twitter.

"I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY."

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Ivan Rabb Narrows List To Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA
Ivan Rabb is one of the top recruits in the class of 2015 and attends Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland.

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Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel
After the combine, John Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season.

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Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision
John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

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Nerlens Noel Credits Rondo For Being Biggest Help In Recovery
Nerlens Noel and Rajon Rondo each played collegiately at Kentucky.

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Julius Randle To Undergo Surgery On Foot
Julius Randle will likely need six to eight weeks of rehab before he's cleared to play, which would force him to miss Summer League in July.

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Sources: Harrisons Staying At Kentucky Had Big Impact On Calipari's Decision
The strength of John Calipari's team at Kentucky entering the 14-15 season played in a role in not leaving for the NBA.

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Calipari Seriously Considered $60M Deal With Cavaliers
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Calipari Becomes 2nd Richest Coach In NCAA With $52.5M Extension
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John Calipari Would Love To Coach LeBron
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Calipari 'Wouldn't, Couldn't Leave This Group' Of Kentucky Players
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Lakers To Reach Out To Kevin Ollie, John Calipari
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Harrisons Decide To Remain At Kentucky For Sophomore Season
Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have decided not to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Exec: Karl Towns' Shooting Ability Will Make Him A Major Asset
Karl Towns Jr. had several good performances in the high school All-Star game circuit, showing his potential as a jump shooting big.

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Dakari Johnson Stays At Kentucky, Won't Declare For NBA Draft
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Alex Poythress To Stay At Kentucky For Junior Season
Alex Poythress 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes as a sophomore.

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Julius Randle Officially Declares For NBA Draft
As a freshman, Julius Randle averaged 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 40 games.

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Harrisons Waiting For Feedback From NBA Before Making Decision
Andrew and Aaron Harrison are continuing to weigh their options about returning to Kentucky for their sophomore season or leaving for the NBA.

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Marcus Lee Returns To Kentucky For Sophomore Season
Marcus Lee was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team in his freshman season.

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James Young Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft
James Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Wildcats.

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Willie Cauley-Stein Staying At Kentucky For Junior Season
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