The Case for DeAndre Liggins: Appy State Edition

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dligThroughout the UK basketball season we’ll be taking a look at the point guard play each game.  Many fans have called for freshman DeAndre Liggins to be starting over Michael Porter.  Both players have taken turns playing better than one another and the assist to turnover ratio of each is abysmal.  Billy Gillispie seems to have a plan for this year’s teams, but we’ll investigate what the stats say in this segment.

The Appy State game was a runaway from the start.  Here’s what the game stats say about the point differential from the point guard play.

Porter +40
Liggins -17
Both +6
Neiter -5

The stats say that Porter was overwhelmingly more effective in this game.  We personally think that he played the best game he’s played all year in this game.  Liggins struggled throughout much of the game.  As Matt Jones pointed out to the announcers of the game at half time Porter in the game was a net 38-4 in the first half for Kentucky.  We’re also glad that people have started keeping up with stats like that.  It’s a very in depth way to analyze the situation Kentucky has at the point this year.  The line scores for the two players are interesting as well.

Porter 3 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 turnover (1 block, not credited)
Liggins 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 4 turnovers, 1 block

That’s a pretty decent line for Porter.  He knocked down one open three, had a block that we saw on the broadcast that he wasn’t credited for, and most importantly had a 5 to 1 assist to turnover ratio.  Liggins made some terrible turnovers, including getting ripped at the top of the key twice (back to back even?) and didn’t run the offense quite as well.  Also, Liggins played 21 minutes to Porter’s 20 tonight so Porter was much more effective in equal time.

Meeks’ 46 in the game takes precedence over any of the point guard play, but the team is starting to come together.  With Galloway starting and Liggins not progressing as fast as the fan base had expected we just hope Liggins doesn’t get too discouraged.  This one goes to Porter, but we need both of those guys playing well for a shot to win the SEC and do well in the NCAA tournament.  Here’s to hoping Mikey keeps up the good minutes and Liggins forgets today’s game and moves on from here.

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6 Responses to “The Case for DeAndre Liggins: Appy State Edition”

  1. BobWicket Says:

    Very insightful indeed.

  2. Brewsky Says:

    I hope Porter can continue to play solid as we move into conference play.

    P.S. Get on aim every now and again Eday

  3. smoothron Says:

    Matt Jones will now tell Dave Baker what this says.

  4. BobWicket Says:

    …and then Chris Cross will include this analysis on The Huddle. “Sports” has been removed from the title for obvious reasons.

  5. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    no seriously… he’ll read anything off the teleprompter… ANYTHING

  6. Хомколов Says:

    Млин, спамеры просто достали уже этим своим примитивом!

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