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I'm not a huge believer in the "X-factor" approach. I don't think there's usually one and only one player, as the X-factor theory goes, who is the only important variable in a team's success on any given night.

Look at Kentucky players' splits, and you'll see they all perform worse in losses. (Duh.) But two players in particular jump out as playing significantly worse in defeats, and you can probably guess the names: Ryan Harrow and Alex Poythress.

Let's take a look at how each player's stats in a few main categories drop off from wins to losses:

ALEX POYTHRESS

Wins: 13.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 59.9 FG%

Losses: 8.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 54.4 FG%

RYAN HARROW

Wins: 12.0 points, 49.1 FG%, 2.4 A/T, 0.8 steals

Losses: 6.9 points, 29.1 FG%, 0.9 A/T, 0.4 steals

ARCHIE GOODWIN

Wins: 14.5 points, 45.3 FG%, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 A/T

Losses: 13.1 points, 39.5 FG%, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 A/T

KYLE WILTJER

Wins: 11.4 points, 41.2 FG%, 37.4 3-point FG%, 4.5 rebounds

Losses: 8.4 points, 36.1 FG%, 28.9 3-point FG%, 3.9 rebounds

JULIUS MAYS

Wins: 10.4 points, 41.9 FG%, 38.9 3-point FG%, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists

Losses: 7.6 points, 31.6 FG%, 35.7 3-point FG%, 2.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists

WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN

Wins: 9.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 65.1 FG%

Losses: 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 58.8 FG%

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