Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Notes from Cats' Tonight's Win Over Ole Miss

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes #18/16 Kentucky 84, Ole Miss 70
Feb. 18, 2014
Tad Smith Coliseum – Oxford, Miss.

Team Records, Notes
  •   With the win, Kentucky improves to 20-6 and 10-3 in Southeastern Conference action. Ole Miss drops to 16-10 and 7-6 against league competition.
  •   Kentucky has now charted its 58th 20-win season in program history and fifth-consecutive under John Calipari. Calipari has coached a 20-win team in 20-consecutive seasons as an NCAA head coach dating back to his Massachusetts days.
  •   The 10 league victories mark the 57th time since 1946-47 that UK has garnered 10 or more conference wins. UK has achieved the feat in all five seasons under Calipari.
  •   Kentucky leads the all-time series with Ole Miss by a 102-13 margin including a 27-10 clip in Oxford. Kentucky has won five straight in the series.
  •   Kentucky returns to the floor on Saturday, Feb. 22. UK will welcome LSU to Rupp Arena at 4 p.m. ET with the game set to air live on ESPN.
  •   Today’s attendance was 8,476.
    First Half Facts
  •   Kentucky started Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson for the sixth consecutive game. It’s the 10th time this season UK has opened with an all- freshman lineup and UK is 9-1 in those contests.
  •   UK’s first substitution was Willie Cauley-Stein marking the 10th time this season he was the first man off the bench.
  •   Kentucky extended it’s 3-point streak to 886 games when Andrew Harrison connected from long range at the 18:32 minute mark. The streak is the third longest such stretch among all teams in the country.
  •   After the Rebels began the scoring, UK scored eight-straight points to force the home team into a timeout at 17:03 on the clock.
  •   Ole Miss gained a one-point edge at 11-10, but then Kentucky went on a 15-0 run over the next 4:13 to take a commanding 27-11 lead. It was the 12th time this season the Wildcats had a run of 10-0 or better.
  •   The Wildcats took a 42-25 lead into the break. UK improves to 17-2 overall and 9-1 in league play when leading at the half. The 17 point halftime lead was the largest of the season against league foes this season.
  •   Kentucky shot .586 percent from the field in the opening stanza with 12 assists on 17 made field goals. UK also connected on six 3-pointers in the half. Seven of Kentucky’s 17 made field goals came in the form of dunks.
    Second Half Facts
  •   Ole Miss trimmed the Kentucky advantage to six at 76-70 with 1:57 remaining in the game. It was the closest the Rebels had been since early in the opening half.
  •   UK responded by hitting its final six free throws with Randle, Cauley-Stein and Aaron Harrison all connecting on a pair to keep the home team at bay.
  •   The Wildcats were 25-28 from the charity stripe in the second half good for an .893 percentage. Randle led the way by going 11-13 in the second half.

Individual Notes
Aaron Harrison finished with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists.
o Has scored in double-figures on 20 occasions this season.
o Hit a 3-pointer to continue his streak of at least one long ball in a team-best seven straight

Andrew Harrison scored 10 points and added four assists.

o Notched his third consecutive double-figure scoring game.
o Went 4-4 at the free throw line and has now made his last 15 attempts at the charity stripe. o Logged four assists and has three or more in 17 games this season.
o With four assists he moved into the top 10 in the freshman record books for assists on the

Julius Randle capped the game with a game-highs in points (25) and rebounds (13).

o Charted a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
o It’s the third-straight double-double effort and the 14th of the season for the freshman. o Moved to 13th on the single-season double-double record list for any player. It’s the

second-most double-doubles by a freshman in program history. Anthony Davis and
DeMarcus Cousins both logged 20 in their freshman campaigns.
o Notched a 13-14 performance at the free throw line. The 13 made free throws matches a

career-best which he also achieved vs. Belmont.
o The 13 made free throws is the most by any UK player in the Calipari era.
o His 146 made free throws on the season is good for fourth in program history for a

o Advanced to 13th on the freshman scoring list with 417 points on the season.

James Young had 16 points, six rebounds and a five assists.
o Posted the 19th double-figure scoring effort of his career. o Has at least one assist in four of the last five games. 

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