Kentucky Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Kentucky Wildcats

SEC (27-6, 15-3)

After Kentucky lost on opening day by a score of 118-84 to Duke, they had to take a backseat to a few other teams when it came to the elite teams in the nation. But since that loss, the Wildcats have slowly clawed their way up the rankings and turned into one of the best teams in the country and Coach John Calipari will have them ready to push for a trip to the Final Four.
Big Wins: 12/22 vs North Carolina (80-72), 1/26 Kansas (71-63), 2/16 Tennessee (86-69)
Bad Losses: 12/8 vs Seton Hall (83-84), 1/5 at Alabama (75-77), 2/12 LSU (71-73)
Coach: John Calipari
Why They Can Surprise:
As usual, Kentucky has an impressive frontcourt. PJ Washington, a 6-8 sophomore, leads the team with 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds. After a solid freshman campaign, Washington has emerged as an effective leader on the floor. The addition of Stanford transfer Reid Travis gives the Wildcats another strong interior scorer who can hit the glass effectively. EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards provide most of the frontcourt depth. Those two are not strong scorers, but both have been very productive on the defensive end and are a huge part of Kentucky’s solid shot blocking.
Why They Can Disappoint:
This team has some shooters. PJ Washington, Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro and Immanuel Quickley are all occasionally decent shooters. None are particularly prolific though. Herro takes the most three-pointers, but has not been consistent. Johnson has been more consistent, but the Wildcats have their games where they can turn into a one-dimensional offense that cannot stretch the defense with their outside shooting. That does not matter against most squads, but once Kentucky runs into a team that can defend their big men effectively, they have to knock down some long balls.
Probable Starters:
Tyler Herro, Freshman, Guard, 14.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg
Ashton Hagans, Freshman, Guard, 7.7 ppg, 4.5 apg
Keldon Johnson, Freshman, Guard,  13.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Reid Travis, Senior, Forward, 11.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg
PJ Washington, Sophomore, Forward, 14.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg
Key Role Players:
Nick Richards, Sophomore, Forward, 4.1 ppf, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg
EJ Montgomery, Freshman, Forward, 3.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Immanuel Quickley, Freshman, Guard, 5.5 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 76.8 (73rd in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 65.2 (37, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 47.7 (33, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.4 (26, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.0 (318, 14)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.9 (104, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 74.3 (55, 4)
Rebound Margin: 9.1 (3, 1)
Assists Per Game: 13.7 (154, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.7 (153, 4)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 win over Davidson
2018NCAARound of 32 win over Buffalo
2018NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Kansas State
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Northern Kentucky
2017NCAARound of 32 win over Wichita State
2017NCAARegional Semifinal win over UCLA
2017NCAARegional Final loss to North Carolina
2016NCAARound of 64 win over Stony Brook
2016NCAARound of 32 loss to Indiana
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Hampton
2015NCAARound of 32 win over Cincinnati
2015NCAARegional Semifinal win over West Virginia
2015NCAARegional Final win over Notre Dame
2015NCAANational Semifinal win loss to Wisconsin
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Kansas State
2014NCAARound of 32 win over Wichita State
2014NCAARegional Semifinal win over Louisville
2014NCAARegional Final win over Michigan
2014NCAANational Semifinal win over Wisconsin
2014NCAANational Final loss to Connecticut
2013NITFirst Round loss to Robert Morris
2012NCAARound of 64 win over Western Kentucky
2012NCAARound of 32 win over Iowa State
2012NCAARegional Semifinal win over Indiana
2012NCAARegional Final win over Baylor
2012NCAANational Semifinal win over Louisville
2012NCAANational Final win over Kansas
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Princeton
2011NCAARound of 32 win over West Virginia
2011NCAARegional Semifinal win over Ohio State
2011NCAARegional Final win over North Carolina
2011NCAANational Semifinal loss to Connecticut
2010NCAARound of 64 win over East Tennessee State
2010NCAARound of 32 win over Wake Forest
2010NCAARegional Semifinal win over Cornell
2010NCAARegional Final loss to West Virginia
2009NITFirst Round win over UNLV
2009NITSecond Round win over Creighton
2009NITQuarterfinal loss to Notre Dame
2008NCAARound of 64 loss to Marquette
2007NCAARound of 64 win over Villanova
2007NCAARound of 32 loss to Kansas
*all team stats through 3/10