Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Some Notes From Last Nights Win Over Arizona State

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Arizona State vs. Kentucky, Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Nov. 28, 2016

Final Score: No. 1/1 Kentucky 115, Arizona State 69
Team Records and Series Notes
·        Kentucky improved to 7-0. Arizona State is 4-3
·        Kentucky leads the all-time series 5-0 and is now 3-0 in neutral site games.
·        Kentucky is 2-0 in neutral site games this season
·        Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena to face another Pac-12 opponent, UCLA, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS

In the First Half
·        Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel, and Bam Adebayo for the second time this season and first time since the Duquesne game. Kentucky is 2-0 with that lineup.

·        Briscoe made a 3-pointer at the 14:26 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak to 982 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.

·        Ahead 6-5 at the 17:49 mark, Kentucky went on an 18-5 run over the next 5:20 to stretch its lead to 26-10
·        Kentucky led by as much as 28 at the 1:31 mark in the first half

·        UK scored its most points in the first half of a game (58) since Dec. 22, 2008, vs. Tennessee State (59). The 58 points were the most first-half points in the Calipari era
·        This was the fourth straight game that UK scored at least 50 points in the first half

In the Second Half
·        Kentucky eclipsed the century mark on a Monk 3-pointer with 4:44 to play to make it 101-62

·        Kentucky built its largest lead at 48 points, with 22 seconds to play

Team Notes
·        This is the fifth time in eight seasons under Coach John Calipari that the Wildcats have opened with six straight wins

·        Kentucky has won all seven games this season by at least 21 points, the first time that has happened since the 1947-48 Wildcats initiated the campaign with six wins of at least a 24-point margin victory

·        Six Wildcats scored in double figures for the second game in a row

·        Kentucky’s 115 points is the most in the Calipari era and the most for the Wildcats since Dec. 30, 2002, when UK defeated Tennessee State 115-87
·        Kentucky has bettered the record for most points in the Calipari era in back-to-back outings. UK’s 111 points vs. UT Martin was the most, before UK topped it tonight

·        Kentucky scored 100 or more points in three straight games for the first time since Dec. 16, 17 and 23, 1977

·        UK’s 33 assists were the most in the Calipari era, eclipsing the 30 vs. Hartford on Jan. 29, 2009
·        The school record for team assists in a game is 35 vs. San Joes State on March 14, 1996

·        UK shot 52 percent from the field today, the fifth time this season the Wildcats have made at least half of their shots

·        Kentucky is 69-6 under Calipari as the Associated Press’ No. 1 team. Calipari is 110-11 all-time when his team has been ranked in the top spot

·        Coach John Calipari has a 669-187 (.782) on-court record, including a 225-47 (.827) mark at UK

Player Notes  
·        Freshman De’Aaron Fox posted the second triple-double in Kentucky history
·        Fox posted 14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
·        The 11 rebounds were a career high
·        The other triple-double in school history came from freshman Chris Mills, who posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Austin Peay on Dec. 27, 1988

·        Freshman Malik Monk had 23 points and has reached double figures in all seven games this season. He’s scored more than 20 in three straight and four games total this year
·        He made three 3-pointers and has made at least two 3’s in every game except the
opener when he made one

·        Freshman Bam Adebayo finished a rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds
·        He had a game-high three blocks, tying his career high

·        Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe also topped 20 points scoring with 20. He also contributed four rebounds and a career-high-tying seven assists
·        Briscoe has scored 20 or more points in three of five games played this season
·        He was 2 of 2 from 3-point range, the first time in his career he’s hit multiple 3-pointers
·        Briscoe also contributed three steals, a game-high mark.

·        Freshman Wenyen Gabriel scored in double figures for the third consecutive game with 10 points. He also added seven rebounds
·        Gabriel has hauled in six or more rebounds in five straight outings
·        He also dished out four assists. Gabriel has notched four or more assists in two of his last three games played

·        Senior Derek Willis posted 11 points and six rebounds. It marked the first game he topped double digits since a 15-point performance in the season opener
·        His six rebounds were the most this season
·        He has blocked at least one shot in every game this year

·        Senior Mychal Mulder knocked down two more 3-pointers. He’s drained multiple 3-pointers in four consecutive games

·        Freshman Brad Calipari hit his first-career 3-pointer and also added a rebound and an assist

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kentucky vs. Cleveland State Post Game Notes

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Cleveland State at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
November 23, 2016
Attendance: 22,341  

Final Score: No. 1/1 Kentucky 101, Cleveland State 70
Team Records and Series Notes
  • Kentucky is 5-0. Cleveland State is 1-3. 
  • Kentucky leads the series 3-0.  
  • Kentucky is now 2-0 in this year’s Bluegrass Showcase, with wins over Cleveland State and Duquesne.
  • Kentucky wraps up the Bluegrass Showcase Friday at 7 p.m. against UT Martin.  The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

In the First Half
  • Kentucky started the lineup of Dominique Hawkins, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo for the first time this season. 
    • It is the first time that two Kentuckians and two seniors started since March 4, 2014, when Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson opened on Senior Day. 
  • Kentucky began the game with a 7-0 run and never trailed.
  • Derek Willis made a 3-pointer at the 18:31 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 980 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation. 
  • Kentucky steadily extended the advantage and led 56-35 at halftime.
  • It is the second straight game that UK hit the 50-point mark in the opening stanza.  The Wildcats tallied 50 vs. Duquesne.
  • 56 points are the most for Kentucky in a first half since tallying 57 – most in the first half in the John Calipari era – against Arkansas on Jan. 23, 2010.
  • It was a productive half for the Wildcat guards, as Monk led the first-half scoring parade with 19 points and four assists while Fox netted 12 points and six assists.
    • Monk’s 19 points is the third-most for a player in the first half during the Calipari era.

In the Second Half
  • Kentucky led by as many as 41 points at 95-54.
  • Tai Wynyard’s tip-in with 31 seconds left put UK over the century mark with 101 points. It is UK’s first triple-digit game since tallying 110 vs. Auburn on Feb. 21, 2015. 

Team Notes
  • This is the fifth time in eight seasons under Coach Calipari that the Wildcats have opened with five straight wins.
  • CSU shot 39.1 percent from the field (25 of 64), the third consecutive game that the opponent has been held under 40 percent.
  • The Vikings hit just six of 27 on 3-pointers. 22.2 percent.  For the season Wildcat opponents are making only 21.2 percent of their threes.
  • CSU had 19 turnovers today. UK opponents have committed at least 18 miscues in every game this season.
  • UK shot 52.1 percent from the field today, the third time this season the Wildcats have made at least half their shots. 
  • Kentucky shot 37.5 percent from long range, its best 3-point figure of the season.
  • UK had a season-high 25 assists.
  • The Wildcats won rebounding today 47-36 and dominated points in the paint, 52-20.
  • Kentucky had two players (Fox and Gabriel) post double-doubles, first time that happened since Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee did so vs. LSU on March 5, 2016.
  • Kentucky has a 37-game win streak at home against teams that are not ranked in The Associated Press poll.
  • Coach John Calipari has a 667-187 (.781) on-court record, including a 222-47 (.825) mark at UK.
  • Kentucky has an all-time mark of 550-64 (.896) in Rupp Arena.  
    • UK is 123-4 (.969) at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
    • Calipari broke the record held by Joe B. Hall for the most coaching victories in Rupp Arena. Hall was 122-14 (.897) in the building.
    • The current 41-game win streak is the second-longest in arena annals. 

Player Notes  
  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox notched 16 points and 11 assists, his second double-double of the season.
    • Fox has scored in double figures and led UK in assists in all five games this season. 
  • Freshman Malik Monk had 23 points, tying his season best (also vs. Michigan State) and has reached double figures in all five games this season.
    • Monk’s 19 points in the first half tied for the third-most in a first half in the Calipari era.
    • He also had four assists, his best as a Wildcat.
  • Freshman Wenyen Gabriel amassed 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, his first UK double-double, and season highs in all three categories.
  • Senior Mychal Mulder had a career-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the second game in a row.
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo had 14 points, tying his Wildcat best, adding seven rebounds.
  • Sophomore Isaac Humphries contributed an efficient 11 minutes with nine points and nine rebounds, tying his career high for points.
  • Freshman Tai Wynyard played four productive minutes with four points and three rebounds.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Malik Monk Named SEC Freshman Of The Week

 After a breakout performance in historic Madison Square Garden, Kentucky freshman Malik Monk hauled in Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. Monk was dynamic in UK’s victory over No. 13/13 Michigan State in the Champions Classic, draining seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 23-point performance.

This marks the second consecutive week that a Wildcat has earned the league’s weekly honor for the top-performing freshman. De’Aaron Fox claimed the nod in the season’s opening week.

Monk averaged a team-high 18.5 points in the wins over the Spartans and Duquesne in Rupp Arena on Sunday.

Against the Spartans, Monk found his stroke and showcased his scoring ability in bunches. He scored a career-best 23 points, highlighted by a 7-of-11 (.636) showing from behind the arc. The seven made 3-pointers is the third-most in the John Calipari era. He’s also just one of three freshmen in program history to amass seven or more from long range in a regular-season, nonconference outing.

Monk didn’t just score against the Spartans; he was also a beast on the boards. The Lepanto, Arkansas, native hauled in a team-high six rebounds, the most of his young career.

It was more of the same for the freshman against Duquesne. Monk reached double-figures in scoring for the fourth time this season with 14 points, including two more 3-pointers. He also contributed a pair of rebounds and a block to the winning cause. 

With the duo of Fox and Monk winning the league’s Freshman of the Week award in consecutive weeks, UK has now achieved the feat of capturing the honor in consecutive weeks to open the season for the second time in the Calipari era. Eric Bledsoe and John Wall opened the 2009-10 season with five straight accolades.

Kentucky Ranked No. 1 For The Sixth Time Under Calipari

Following a 4-0 start, including a victory over then-No. 13/13 Michigan State on Tuesday in the Champions Classic, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has returned to the top of the polls. UK landed at No. 1 when the Associated Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll were released Monday.

It’s the sixth time in John Calipari’s eight seasons at Kentucky the Wildcats have appeared at No. 1 at some point during the season in both major polls.

UK picked up 42 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 and 20 of the 31 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll.

UK is 66-6 as the AP No. 1 team since Calipari’s first year at the helm, the most wins in the country by a top-ranked team during that span. Calipari is 107-11 all-time as head coach of the AP’s top-ranked team, second among all active coaches.

The Wildcats own an all-time record of 218-29 (.883) at No. 1 in the AP Top 25, including victories in 63 of their last 67 contests as the AP’s top team.

It will mark the Wildcats’ 123rd week atop the AP Top 25 all-time, behind only UCLA (134) and Duke (129).

Kentucky has been ranked No. 1 in each of the last four seasons. Dating back to Memphis, Calipari has guided eight of his last 10 teams to a No. 1 ranking during the season.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Still Some Singe-game Tickets Available For Kentucky Mens Basketball

A number of single-game men’s basketball tickets remain for sale. Additionally, eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available for the Duquesne, Cleveland State and UT Martin games, which fall during the Thanksgiving week.

Tickets for Kentucky's men's basketball games vs. Duquesne, Cleveland State, UT Martin, UCLA, Valparaiso, Texas A&M and Arkansas remain on sale. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000, or can be purchased through the UK ticket office and the Rupp Arena box office in person.

Fans will be allowed to start lining up for eRUPPtion Zone ticket sales beginning five hours prior to tip-off for the Duquesne (Nov. 20), Cleveland State (Nov. 23) and UT Martin (Nov. 25) games outside of the Rupp Arena box office. Fans in line will receive a numbered wristband and must return to line, two hours prior to tip-off. Tickets will then go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena box office and are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Tickets in the eRUPPtion Zone are $5 each (cash only) and are limited to one per person (must be present at time of purchase).

Including the tickets available now, there will be two more dates to purchase single-game tickets this season, based on availability:

·         Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. – Auburn (Jan. 14), South Carolina (Jan. 21), Kansas (Jan. 28), Georgia (Jan. 31)
·         Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. – LSU (Feb. 7), Tennessee (Feb. 14), Florida (Feb. 25), Vanderbilt (Feb. 28)

For a complete listing of on-sale dates, single-game ticket prices and other ticket information, visitUKAthletics.com/tickets-mens-basketball.

As always, UK Athletics encourages all fans to buy tickets to our athletics events through the UK ticket office, TicketmasterTicketExchange and the Rupp Arena box office. Tickets bought from anywhere other than those four sources may not be valid, and buyers should beware.