It’s one of last season’s odder statistical anomalies: Kentucky managed to win ten games while finishing last in the conference in turnover margin, at minus-11. That is not an easy thing to do. Perhaps this had something to do with it:
Good teams find ways to win close games, and Kentucky has gone 16-8 in one-score games since 2017. But they exceeded even their own pace last year. After going 11-7 in such games from 2017-20, the Wildcats were 5-1 last year. That includes a 3-0 mark in the SEC with two of those wins against teams they’ll face on the road this year in Florida and Missouri. Their lone one-score defeat was a three-point loss at home to Tennessee, who the Wildcats have to face in Knoxville, Tennessee, this year.
Mark Stoops is a good game day coach, and I can’t figure out what that might portend for the ’22 season. Does UK maintain its winning ways as turnover margin swings back more favorably? Or do one-score games come back to bite the ‘Cats in the butt? I have no idea.