Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kentucky vs. LSU Post Game Notes

Kentucky Postgame Notes
No. 1/1 Kentucky vs. LSU
Maravich Assembly Center – Baton Rouge, La.
Feb. 10, 2015
Attendance: 13,111

FINAL SCORE: No. 1/1 Kentucky 71, LSU 69
Team Records and Series Notes
  • With the win, Kentucky is 24-0, 11-0 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU dropped to 17-7, 6-5 SEC.
  • Kentucky owns an 86-25 lead over LSU in the all-time series, including a 30-17 edge in Baton Rouge, La.
  • Kentucky will return Rupp Arena on Saturday with tipoff slated for 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Team Notes
  • The only undefeated team remaining in the nation, Kentucky is the all-time wins leader in college basketball with 2,165. 
  • With 24 consecutive wins to open the year, Kentucky passed the 1965-66 Wildcats for sole possession of the second-best start in program history.
    • Kentucky is off to the best start under coach John Calipari. 
    • UK is one win shy of equaling the best start in school annals. 
  • UK’s 24-game winning streak is tied for the sixth longest in school history.
    • The streak is the third-longest streak in UK single-season history. 
  • UK has won 46 of its last 48 games as the Associated Press top-ranked team. 
  • Calipari has a 176-37 record at Kentucky and a 621-177 overall on-court record in his career. 
    • Calipari has a 90-9 all-time record when coaching the nation’s No. 1 team, including a 49-4 mark at Kentucky. 
  • Kentucky has a league-leading 933-262 all-time record in SEC play. 
  • Kentucky started the game with Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dominique Hawkins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.
  • Devin Booker, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles, Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis were UK’s first subs, entering the game with 17:00 to go in the first half.
  • LSU began the game on a 10-2 run, and also led 14-6. LSU led by eight points twice, which were Tigers’ largest leads of the first half. 
  • Kentucky started the second half with Booker, Ulis, Towns, Cauley-Stein and Lyles.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 13 points with 12:46 to go in the second half.
  • LSU went on a 21-2 run from between the 12:46 and the 7:29 mark in the second half.
  • LSU took a lead 62-60 lead with 8:18 remaining in the game.
  • Towns snapped LSU's 16-0 run with a step-back jumper from just inside the 3-point line after LSU had taken a 66-60 lead. 
  • The Cats took the lead for good when Towns kept an offensive possession alive with an offensive rebound and then scored with 1:30 left to take a 70-69 lead. 
  • Booker scored the final point of the game on a free throw with 15 seconds left. LSU missed a 3 just before the buzzer to secure the UK win. 
  • Nine Wildcats scored in the game. Just five Wildcats scored in UK’s previous game, on Saturday against Florida.
  • Kentucky attempted 68 field goals, which was its second-highest total this season (70 vs. Grand Canyon).

Individual Notes
  • Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his team-leading fourth career double-double. 
    • He finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and added two blocks and two assists.
    • Towns has two double-doubles in the last three games.
    • Towns has blocked two shots in each of UK’s past three games.
    • Standing at 6-11, Towns also has two or more assists in each of the past three games.
  • Junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein finished with a team-high 15 points and chipped in seven rebounds.
    • Cauley-Stein had a team-high three blocks and added a steal.
    • He scored in double figures for the second game in a row and the third time in the last four games.
  • Freshman guard Devin Booker finished with 14 points.
    • He has scored in double figures in five of UK’s last six road games.
  • Sophomore guard Andrew Harrison scored 13 points and had a team-high four assists.
    • He has scored in double figures in three of the last five games.

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