Sunday, March 18, 2018

Notes From Kentucky's Win Over Buffalo

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. BUFFALO
NCAA TOURNAMENT | TACO BELL ARENA| BOISE, IDAHO
MARCH 17, 2018ATTENDANCE: 11,686

Final Score: No. 5 Kentucky 95, No. 13 Buffalo 75
                                                             
Team Records and Series Notes
·        Kentucky is 26-10 overall. Buffalo concludes the season 27-9.
·        UK leads the series 2-0. This was the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament.
·        Next for Kentucky: The Wildcats will play in the South Regional semifinal on Thursday in Atlanta.

NCAA Tournament Notes
·        Kentucky made its national-record 57th NCAA Tournament, extending the NCAA record for most tournament appearances.
·        UK owns a 126-50 record all-time in NCAA action.
·        Kentucky is 28-6 in NCAA Tournament games under Calipari.
·        Kentucky reached the Sweet 16 for the 26th time since 1975 (the first year that all teams in the tournament were required to win at least one game to advance to the Sweet 16), the second-most appearances.
·        In Calipari’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances with Kentucky, the Wildcats have reached the Sweet 16 on seven occasions.
o   Kentucky advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row.
·        Kentucky is a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time, and first time since 2000.
o   UK is 3-1 as a No. 5 seed.
·        Calipari is undefeated in the NCAA Tournament against teams seeded lower than 10th.

In the First Half
·        Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the 16th time this season. UK is 11-5 with this lineup. 
·        Four of Kentucky’s first nine field goals were dunks.
·        Buffalo started the game 4 of 16 from the field.
·        Kentucky led by 11 at the 11:29 mark, but Buffalo started making 3s and cut UK’s lead to as little as five, 39-34, at the 5:21 mark.
o   From there UK went on a 12-4 lead to open up a 13-point lead, it’s largest of the half, 51-38 at the 1:44 mark.
o   UK held Buffalo without a field goal over 2:58 within that run.
·        Kentucky’s 51 points were its third most in a first half this year.
o   UK’s 19 made field goals tied for its second most in a first half this year.

In the Second Half
·        Buffalo used a 9-0 run over 2:20 to cut UK’s lead to 56-52, with 15:32 to play.
·        UK answered with a 7-2 run over 1:19 to pad the lead back to nine at the 13:42 mark.
·        With Kentucky’s lead down to five at 72-67, UK closed the game on a 23-8 run over the last 7:36.
Team Notes
·        Kentucky made seven 3-pointers, one game after failing to make a 3 for the first time in 1,047-consecutive games, which was the NCAA record.
·        Kentucky’s 95 points were the third most it has scored this year.
·        UK’s 36 made field goals were the second most it’s made in a game this year.
·        Kentucky limited Buffalo to 38.8 percent from the field.
o   UK is now 169-14 under Calipari when keeping the opponent under 40 percent from the field.
·        Kentucky shot 56.3 percent from the field today. UK is 14-1 this season when the Wildcats make at least half their shots.
·        UK led by as many as 20 points today.  The Wildcats are 233-5 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during a game.

Player Notes  
·        Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 27 points – three off his career high – on 10 of 12 shooting, including going 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
·        He grabbed six rebounds, dished six assists and had two steals.
·        He scored 17 points in the first half, reaching double figures in the first 20 minutes for the fifth time in the last seven games.
·        It was the most points any Wildcat has scored in a first half this season.
·        He’s scored 10 or more in nine first halves this season.
·        He scored 20 or more points for the sixth time, and second time in the last three games.
·        He played a career-high 39 minutes for the fifth time.
·        Over the last nine games he’s averaging …
·        19.4 points
·        54.4 field-goal-percentage
·        55.0 3-point field-goal percentage
·        5.3 rebounds
·        6.9 assists
·        1.6 steals
·        Hamidou Diallo scored 22 points, one off his career high.
·        He reached double figures for the first time since Feb. 24 vs. Missouri.
·        It was his most points since he scored a career-high 23 vs. Monmouth on Dec. 9.
·        He blocked two more shots tonight after swatting a career-high three against Davidson in the first round.
·        Wenyen Gabriel finished with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
·        It was his first double-double of the season and the second of his career.
·        He scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and 15th time in his career.
·        He grabbed 10-plus rebounds for the fourth time this season and sixth time in his career.
·        He made three 3s. He has hit multiple 3s in four of the last five games, and five of the last seven.
·        PJ Washington scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
·        Kevin Knox scored eight points on 4 of 10 shooting, but he was 3 of 3 on baseline mid-range jumpers.
·        He is 8 of 9 on mid-range baseline shots through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
·        His four assists tied his career high for the fifth time.

Coach John Calipari
·        Calipari has a 719-203 all-time on-court record.
·        Calipari is now 275-63 at Kentucky.
·        Calipari is 53-17 in the NCAA Tournament games.
·        Calipari is 28-6 in NCAA Tournament games at UK.

Notes From Kentucky's Second Round Win Over Buffalo

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. BUFFALO
NCAA TOURNAMENT | TACO BELL ARENA| BOISE, IDAHO
MARCH 17, 2018ATTENDANCE: 11,686

Final Score: No. 5 Kentucky 95, No. 13 Buffalo 75
                                                             
Team Records and Series Notes
·        Kentucky is 26-10 overall. Buffalo concludes the season 27-9.
·        UK leads the series 2-0. This was the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament.
·        Next for Kentucky: The Wildcats will play in the South Regional semifinal on Thursday in Atlanta.

NCAA Tournament Notes
·        Kentucky made its national-record 57th NCAA Tournament, extending the NCAA record for most tournament appearances.
·        UK owns a 126-50 record all-time in NCAA action.
·        Kentucky is 28-6 in NCAA Tournament games under Calipari.
·        Kentucky reached the Sweet 16 for the 26th time since 1975 (the first year that all teams in the tournament were required to win at least one game to advance to the Sweet 16), the second-most appearances.
·        In Calipari’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances with Kentucky, the Wildcats have reached the Sweet 16 on seven occasions.
o   Kentucky advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row.
·        Kentucky is a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time, and first time since 2000.
o   UK is 3-1 as a No. 5 seed.
·        Calipari is undefeated in the NCAA Tournament against teams seeded lower than 10th.

In the First Half
·        Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the 16th time this season. UK is 11-5 with this lineup. 
·        Four of Kentucky’s first nine field goals were dunks.
·        Buffalo started the game 4 of 16 from the field.
·        Kentucky led by 11 at the 11:29 mark, but Buffalo started making 3s and cut UK’s lead to as little as five, 39-34, at the 5:21 mark.
o   From there UK went on a 12-4 lead to open up a 13-point lead, it’s largest of the half, 51-38 at the 1:44 mark.
o   UK held Buffalo without a field goal over 2:58 within that run.
·        Kentucky’s 51 points were its third most in a first half this year.
o   UK’s 19 made field goals tied for its second most in a first half this year.

In the Second Half
·        Buffalo used a 9-0 run over 2:20 to cut UK’s lead to 56-52, with 15:32 to play.
·        UK answered with a 7-2 run over 1:19 to pad the lead back to nine at the 13:42 mark.
·        With Kentucky’s lead down to five at 72-67, UK closed the game on a 23-8 run over the last 7:36.
Team Notes
·        Kentucky made seven 3-pointers, one game after failing to make a 3 for the first time in 1,047-consecutive games, which was the NCAA record.
·        Kentucky’s 95 points were the third most it has scored this year.
·        UK’s 36 made field goals were the second most it’s made in a game this year.
·        Kentucky limited Buffalo to 38.8 percent from the field.
o   UK is now 169-14 under Calipari when keeping the opponent under 40 percent from the field.
·        Kentucky shot 56.3 percent from the field today. UK is 14-1 this season when the Wildcats make at least half their shots.
·        UK led by as many as 20 points today.  The Wildcats are 233-5 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during a game.

Player Notes  
·        Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 27 points – three off his career high – on 10 of 12 shooting, including going 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
·        He grabbed six rebounds, dished six assists and had two steals.
·        He scored 17 points in the first half, reaching double figures in the first 20 minutes for the fifth time in the last seven games.
·        It was the most points any Wildcat has scored in a first half this season.
·        He’s scored 10 or more in nine first halves this season.
·        He scored 20 or more points for the sixth time, and second time in the last three games.
·        He played a career-high 39 minutes for the fifth time.
·        Over the last nine games he’s averaging …
·        19.4 points
·        54.4 field-goal-percentage
·        55.0 3-point field-goal percentage
·        5.3 rebounds
·        6.9 assists
·        1.6 steals
·        Hamidou Diallo scored 22 points, one off his career high.
·        He reached double figures for the first time since Feb. 24 vs. Missouri.
·        It was his most points since he scored a career-high 23 vs. Monmouth on Dec. 9.
·        He blocked two more shots tonight after swatting a career-high three against Davidson in the first round.
·        Wenyen Gabriel finished with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
·        It was his first double-double of the season and the second of his career.
·        He scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and 15th time in his career.
·        He grabbed 10-plus rebounds for the fourth time this season and sixth time in his career.
·        He made three 3s. He has hit multiple 3s in four of the last five games, and five of the last seven.
·        PJ Washington scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
·        Kevin Knox scored eight points on 4 of 10 shooting, but he was 3 of 3 on baseline mid-range jumpers.
·        He is 8 of 9 on mid-range baseline shots through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
·        His four assists tied his career high for the fifth time.

Coach John Calipari
·        Calipari has a 719-203 all-time on-court record.
·        Calipari is now 275-63 at Kentucky.
·        Calipari is 53-17 in the NCAA Tournament games.
·        Calipari is 28-6 in NCAA Tournament games at UK.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Notes From Kentucky's First Round Win Over Davidson

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. DAVIDSON
NCAA TOURNAMENT | TACO BELL ARENA| BOISE, IDAHO
MARCH 15, 2018ATTENDANCE: TBA


Final Score: No. 5 Kentucky 78, No. 12 Davidson 73
                                                             
Team Records and Series Notes
·       Kentucky is 25-10 overall. Davison is 21-12.
·       UK leads the series 2-0. Both meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament.
·       Next for Kentucky: The Wildcats will play the winner of this evening’s Arizona vs. Buffalo game.

NCAA Tournament Notes
·       Kentucky made its national-record 57th NCAA Tournament, extending the NCAA record for most tournament appearances.
·       UK owns a 125-50 record all-time in NCAA action. 
·       Kentucky is 47-10 in tournament openers and has won 24 of its last 25 first-round tournament games. 
o   UK has won eight NCAA Tournament openers in a row, all under Calipari.
·       Kentucky is 27-6 in NCAA Tournament games under Calipari.
·       In Calipari’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances with Kentucky, the Wildcats have reached the second round every time.
·       Calipari is undefeated in the NCAA Tournament against teams seeded lower than 10th.

In the First Half
·       Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washingtonand Nick Richards for the 15th time this season. UK is 10-5 with this lineup.
·       Neither team led by more than four in the first 10 minutes.
o   Kentucky opened up its largest lead, six points, with a 6-0 run over 2:30 to take a 23-17 lead at the 7:10 mark.
o   Davidson answered with a Kellan Grady dunk at the 6:54 mark, but then UK went on a 7-0 run over 1:07 to open up a 30-19 lead.
·       From tied at 17-17 with 11:39 to play, UK outscored Davidson 17-7 to close the first half.

In the Second Half
·       Davidson made its first three 3-point-attempts of the half, and stretched further was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc in the first 11:52.
·       Davidson tied the game at 52-52 and 54-54 at the 7:41 mark, but got not closer.
·       Kentucky led by as much as 11 points in the second half as late as with 24 seconds to go.

Team Notes
·       UK’s NCAA-record streak of 1,047 consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer came to an end.
o   UK’s last game without a made 3-pointer came against Seton Hall on Nov. 26, 1988 in a three-point loss.
o   Kentucky’s streak started two nights later in a win over Cal.
·       Kentucky limited Davidson to 39.3 percent from the field.
o   UK is now 168-14 under Calipari when keeping the opponent under 40 percent from the field.
·       Kentucky shot 51.0 percent from the field today. UK is 13-1 this season when the Wildcats make at least half their shots.
·       UK had 10 turnovers today. UK is 14-0 this season when committing 11 or fewer miscues.
·       UK led by as many as 13 points today.  The Wildcats are 232-5 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during a game.

Player Notes  
·       Kevin Knox scored 25 points, 16 of them coming in the second half. He shot 8 of 16 from the field.
·       It was his team-leading 10th game with 20 or more points.
·       It was his team-leading 28th game with 10 or more points.
·       Knox failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time in 12 games.
·       Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, after a slow start, finished with 19 points,  a career-high eight rebounds, seven assists and a career-high five steals.
·       After starting 1 for 8 from the floor, he made four of his next five shots and scored 17 points in the second half.
·       His five steals are tied for the fourth most in an NCAA Tournament game by a Wildcats
·       PJ Washington scored 11 points, all in the first half, marking the sixth time he reached double-figures in a first half this season, and the first time since Feb. 20 at Arkansas.
·       Hamidou Diallo scored eight points.
·       He blocked a career-high three shots.
·       Sacha Killeya-Jones posted eight points and grabbed six rebounds.
·       His eight points were his most since scoring eight vs. Louisville on Dec. 29.
·       His six rebounds were his most since grabbing eight vs. ETSU on Nov. 17.

Coach John Calipari
·       Calipari has a 718-203 all-time on-court record.
·       Calipari is now 274-63 at Kentucky.
·       Calipari is 52-17 in the NCAA Tournament games.
·       Calipari is 27-6 in NCAA Tournament games at UK.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Notes From Kentucky's Loss To Texas A&M

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY AT TEXAS A&M
REED ARENA | COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS
FEB. 10, 2018ATTENDANCE: 13,263

Final Score: #24/24 Kentucky 74, Texas A&M 85
                                                         
Team Records and Series Notes
·        Kentucky is 17-8 overall and 6-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M is 17-8, 6-6 in league play. 
·        Kentucky leads the series 9-4, including 3-2 in College Station.
·        Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky plays Wednesday at Auburn. Game time is 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST in Auburn) and it will be televised by ESPN2.

In the First Half
·        Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knoxand Nick Richards for the 11th time this season. UK is 6-5 with this lineup.
·        Kentucky extended its streak of 1,038 consecutive games with a 3-pointer when Knox connected with 17:33 on the clock in the opening half.
·        Gilgeous-Alexander scored the opening basket for Kentucky 1:27 into the game.
·        Kentucky missed its last nine field goals and was scoreless from 16:29-11:18. During this 5:11 stretch, TAMU went on a 7-0 run to lead 12-8.
·        UK dropped to a zone and held TAMU without a point for from 10:36-7:50. TAMU answered with a 6-0 run.
·        Brad Calipari checked in with 6:36 left. It was his first action since Jan. 16 at South Carolina.
·        Knox scored in double figures for the eighth time in an opening half this season.
·        Kentucky ended the first half on an 8-0 run to lead 30-26 which is the first time UK has lead at halftime since Jan. 23 vs. Mississippi State.
·        Kentucky is now 11-3 when leading at the half.

In the Second Half
·        Texas A&M opened the second half on a 17-2 run forcing Kentucky to call a timeout at 16:16.
·        UK held Texas A&M to 26 points in the first half, but the Aggies matched that by the 12:48 mark of the second half.
·        TAMU shot 66.7 percent in the second half and was 7 of 9 on 3-pointers.
·        Kentucky went on an 8-0 run from 3:49-0:56 to cut the deficit to eight, but would get no closer.
·        Gilgeous-Alexander and Diallo scored 13 points in the second half.

Team Notes
·        UK is now 3-3 this season in games decided by three points or less.
·        UK is 42-11 in “bounce back” games (following losses) under John Calipari.
·        This is the first time that Kentucky has lost three games in a row under Calipari.
·        Kentucky allowed 40 rebounds, which tied the most allowed this season. Last time was on Jan. 16 at South Carolina.
·        UK allowed 59 points in the second half, which is the most this season.

Player Notes
·        Shai Gilgeous-Alexander totaled 19 points, three rebounds and eight assists. 
·        Alexander has averaged 19.75 points over the last four games.
·        It is the 10th time this season he has had at least six assists, including the fifth time in the last seven games.
·        Kevin Knox had 18 points, his 19th double-figure game of the season.
·        PJ Washington had five points and led the Wildcats in rebounding with eight.
·        Hamidou Diallo scored 13 points which all came in the second half. It was his 14th double-figure game of the season.

Coach John Calipari
·        Calipari has a 711-201 all-time on-court record.
·        Calipari is now 266-61 at Kentucky.
·        Calipari is 8-3 vs. Texas A&M in his career.