Kentucky at No. 11 in Sports Illustrated power rankings

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Here’s a big reason to feel good about “buying” the Wildcats: Dan Hanner’s study of teams’ efficiency splits between cupcake games (opponents outside the kenpom.com top 100) and tough games reveals that has played significantly better defense against quality opponents than it has against weaklings. The ‘Cats have yielded 0.843 points per possession against their top-100 foes (Portland, Washington, UConn, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Louisville), and 0.913 points per possession against their cupcakes.

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