Let’s get you warmed up for the College GameDay road show (live on Saturday from Nashville, Tenn. at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN) by taking a look at some notes and nuggets from our college hoops advanced stats research team (a group we call the "Stats in the Paint" team).
(1) Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 9 ET on ESPN
When Kentucky has the ball: Kentucky leads the SEC and ranks third among all Big Six conference schools in paint points per game (37.6) this season. More than 48 percent of the Wildcats’ points have come in the paint, the second-highest percentage by any school from a Big Six conference.
Kentucky Transition Offense This Season vs SEC
Kentucky averages 1.2 points per possession in SEC games this season, which leads all teams from Big Six Conferences.
The Wildcats are shooting 59.1 percent in transition, second in the SEC, but in conference games, their transition offense has struggled on the road.
When Vanderbilt has the ball: Vanderbilt has an effective field goal percentage of 56.1 and is shooting 42.1 percent from 3-point range during SEC play this season, which are both first in the conference.
In its last three games, Vanderbilt is shooting 31.8 percent (21-66) from 3-point range and is 10-for-40 (25.0 percent) on catch-and-shoot field goal attempts.
Kentucky averages 9.2 blocks per game and has a block percentage of 15.7, both of which are first in the nation.
Saturday’s Other Matchups
(12) Michigan State at (3) Ohio State, 6 ET on ESPN
Key stat: Ohio State averages 35.5 paint points per game this season, which leads the Big Ten. Michigan State averages 35.3 points in the paint, which is the second-most in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes allow just 21.8 paint points per game, third-fewest by any team in a Big Six conference.
(6) Baylor at (4) Missouri, 1:30 ET on ESPN3
Jan. 21 at Baylor
Key stat: Missouri scored 46 points in the paint against Baylor on Jan. 21, its most in conference play this season. In that game, the Tigers made 16-of-18 field goals attempted inside of 5 feet.
(20) Virginia at (5) North Carolina, 1 ET on ESPN3
Key stat: The Tar Heels have scored 498 points in transition this season, fourth-most in the nation. Virginia’s defense has allowed just 130 points in transition, fourth-fewest in Division I.
(14) San Diego State at (16) UNLV, 4 ET
Key stat: San Diego State scored 18 points on 14 transition plays in its win against UNLV on Jan. 14. It was the most transition plays and points for the Aztecs in Mountain West play this season.
UNLV ranks second in the nation this season in both transition points (509) and transition plays (437). The Rebels have 288 more transition plays than the Aztecs this season.