By the Numbers: Tyler Herro, Road Warrior

Mrs. Tyler Thompsonover 2 years

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Tyler Herro had 18 points last night at Missouri, his best scoring output since the Florida game in Gainesville on February 2. Whether it be the thrill of playing in front of an opposing crowd or the chilly rims in Rupp, Herro has become Kentucky’s road warrior, a role he embraces.

“I just like hitting big shots against people who don’t like us,” Herro said after Kentucky’s big win at Auburn back on January 19. “If they don’t like us, we don’t like them.”

How much better is Herro on the road than at home? I spent the morning crunching the numbers. His rebounding, assists, and steals averages are pretty much the same, so I only focused on shooting.

Home

12.3 points per game, 43.3 percent, 35.4 percent from three, 88.6 percent from the free-throw line

DATE OPPONENT PTS MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3PT% FTM-FTA FT%
11/9 vs Southern Illinois 0 20 0-6 0.000 0-2 0.000 0-0 0.000
11/14 vs North Dakota 18 25 7-12 0.583 1-2 0.500 3-3 1.000
11/18 vs VMI 5 19 2-6 0.333 1-3 0.333 0-0 0.000
11/21 vs Winthrop 15 25 6-14 0.429 3-8 0.375 0-0 0.000
11/23 vs Tennessee State 8 25 3-7 0.429 2-6 0.333 0-0 0.000
11/28 vs Monmouth 16 28 6-10 0.600 2-5 0.400 2-2 1.000
12/1 vs UNC Greensboro 18 35 6-12 0.500 2-6 0.333 4-6 0.667
12/15 vs Utah 17 31 7-12 0.583 2-6 0.333 1-2 0.500
1/8 vs Texas A&M 21 36 7-14 0.500 3-7 0.429 4-4 1.000
1/12 vs Vanderbilt 4 36 1-3 0.333 0-2 0.000 2-2 1.000
1/22 vs #22 Miss. State 18 37 5-10 0.500 3-3 1.000 5-5 1.000
1/26 vs #9 Kansas 6 38 2-9 0.222 0-4 0.000 2-2 1.000
2/5 vs South Carolina 11 29 5-11 0.455 1-3 0.333 0-0 0.000
2/12 vs #19 LSU 12 39 5-13 0.385 2-5 0.400 0-0 0.000
2/16 vs #1 Tennessee 15 32 3-11 0.273 1-3 0.333 8-9 0.889
12.3 30.3 65-150 0.433 23-65 0.354 31-35 0.886

Neutral Site

13 points per game, 34.1 percent, 20 percent from three, 87.5 percent from the free-throw line

DATE OPPONENT PTS MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3PT% FTM-FTA FT%
11/6 vs #4 Duke 14 34 4-11 0.364 1-6 0.167 5-5 1.000
12/8 vs Seton Hall 10 26 4-13 0.308 0-6 0.000 2-2 1.000
12/22 vs #9 North Carolina 15 36 6-17 0.353 3-8 0.375 0-1 0.000
13.0 32 14-41 0.341 4-20 0.200 7-8 0.875

Given the small sample size and the fact that one of those games was against Duke, I’m not going to read too much into the neutral site averages (especially that 20 percent from three…yeesh).

On the Road

16.1 points per game (team high), 52.3 percent, 43.2 percent from three, 100 percent from the free-throw line

DATE OPPONENT PTS MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3PT% FTM-FTA FT%
12/29 at Louisville 24 36 10-13 0.769 4-6 0.667 0-0 0.000
1/5 at Alabama 12 35 4-12 0.333 2-6 0.333 2-2 1.000
1/15 at Georgia 12 31 4-10 0.400 0-2 0.000 4-4 1.000
1/19 at #14 Auburn 20 34 6-12 0.500 3-6 0.500 5-5 1.000
1/29 at Vanderbilt 12 29 6-13 0.462 0-3 0.000 0-0 0.000
2/2 at Florida 19 30 6-8 0.750 3-4 0.750 4-4 1.000
2/9 at Miss. State 12 33 5-9 0.556 2-4 0.500 0-0 0.000
2/19 at Missouri 18 35 4-9 0.444 2-6 0.333 8-8 1.000
16.1 32.9 45-86 0.523 16-37 0.432 23-23 1.000

Comparison

POINTS FG% 3PT% FT%
Home 12.3 0.433 0.354 0.886
Neutral 13.0 0.341 0.200 0.875
Away 16.1 0.523 0.432 1.00

How significant is the number 16.1, Herro’s scoring average on the road? Kentucky is 13-0 in games Herro scores at least 15 points.

In March, it’s Kentucky against the world, right?

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