Tuesday, December 15, 2015

UK MVP's So Far

One of my favorite features on Ken Pomeroy's web page is that he designates an MVP for every game of the season.  Here are UK's MVP's so far:

1.  Kentucky 78 - 65 Albany (MVP:  Jamal Murray)
2.  Kentucky 87 - 57 New Jersey Inst. of Tech (MVP:  Skal Labissiere)
3.  Duke 63 - 74 Kentucky (MVP:  Tyler Ulis)
4.  Kentucky 78 - 63 Wright St.  (MVP:  Ulis (2))
5.  Kentucky 82 - 62 Boston Univ. (MVP:  Alex Poythress)
6.  S. Florida 63 - 84 Kentucky (MVP:  Labissiere (2))
7.  Kentucky 75 - 63 Illinois St. (MVP:  Marcus Lee)
8.  UCLA 87 - 77 Kentucky (Loss -- no UK MVP)
9.  Kentucky 88 - 67 E. Kentucky (MVP:  Poythress (2))
10.  Kentucky 72 - 58 Arizona St. (MVP:  Lee (2))

So that gives us the following list:

Ulis -- 2
Labissiere -- 2
Poythress -- 2
Lee -- 2

That is a remarkably even distribution.  It could mean that the Cats have a very well-balanced line-up, or it could mean that they don't have a really dominant player.  We will hope for the former.

For now, K-Pom has UK ranked 8th in the country.  He expects the Cats to go 14-4 in the SEC, and 25-6 overall.  He has UK as a true underdog in three games:

01/30/16:  at Kansas (32 percent chance of a UK victory)
02/27/16:  at Vandy (43 percent chance of a UK victory)
03/01/16:  at Florida (49 percent chance of a UK victory)

If the Cats lose back-to-back games against Vandy and Florida so late in the season, I would expect a certain amount of stress in the Commonwealth.  Sometimes people overreact to late-season road losses.

1 comment:

  1. until just a couple of weeks ago, i thought Skal Labissiere's name was "Skai" and that it was probably pronounced "sky"--and that his parents were aiming for "skylab."

    i got totally freaked out about skylab in 1979.