Saturday, February 8, 2014

Post Mississippi State Notes

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes #18/14 Kentucky 69, Mississippi State 59 Feb. 8, 2014
Humphrey Arena – Starkville, Miss.

Team Records, Notes
  •   Kentucky improves to 18-5, 8-2 in Southeastern Conference action, while Mississippi State drops to 13-10, 3-7.
  •   Kentucky now leads the series 91-20 and 33-12 in Starkville.
  •   The Wildcats remain on the road for a matchup at Auburn on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The game is set to tip at 8 p.m. ET and air live on SEC TV.
  •   UK’s all-time record against SEC foes now stands at 919-258.
  •   Today’s attendance was 8,417.

    Team Facts
  •   Kentucky’s starting lineup was comprised of all freshmen for the third-straight outing. Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle and James Young formed the lineup. That squad is 3-0 on the year as the opening five.
  •   Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress were the first subs off the bench. It was the 12th time this season Poythress was the first sub and the seventh time for Cauley-Stein.
  •   The Wildcats are 21-7 all-time as the Associated Press’ No. 18 rated squad and 4-1 under Calipari.
  •   James Young hit a 3-pointer early in the opening half to extend UK’s 3-streak is 883 consecutive games. It is the third largest streak in the country.

    First Half Facts

    •   Kentucky opened the game on a 6-0 run, but the Bulldogs eventually took an 11-9 advantage.
    •   The Wildcats finished the half on a 19-6 and a final 9-0 run to take a 32-23 advantage into halftime. UK is 15-1 overall and 7-0 against league foes when leading at the break.

      Second Half Facts

    •   Leading by nine at the break, UK held the lead for the entirety of the second half, including stretching the lead to as much as 12.
    •   Julius Randle led the Wildcats in scoring in the second half with eight points.

      Individual Notes
Aaron Harrison dished out a team-high six assists.
o Marks the fifth time he has led the team in assists. o Second consecutive game with six rebounds.

Dakari Johnson scored nine points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. o Has led Kentucky in rebounding twice this season.
Jon Hood played a season-high 13 minutes.
o Scored a 3-pointer and had a pair of rebounds on his way to a plus-minus average of +13

in the opening half to provide a spark for the foul-plagued Wildcats.  Julius Randle led Kentucky in scoring with 16 points.
o Has led UK in scoring seven times.
o Has now scored in double figures 20 times. 

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