Saturday, December 19, 2015

Some Notes From Kentucky's 74- 67 Loss To Ohio State

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 4/4 Kentucky vs. Ohio State (CBS Sports Classic)
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dec. 19, 2015
Attendance: 16,311

Final Score: Ohio State 74, Kentucky 67
Team Records and Series Notes
  • Kentucky is 9-2 on the season. Ohio State is now 6-5
  • Kentucky leads the all-time series 11-9
  • Ohio State snapped UK’s three-game winning streak in the series 
  • Kentucky is now 1-1 all-time in the CBS Sports Classic, having defeated UCLA in Chicago last season
  • Kentucky will have a few days off for the holidays. The Wildcats will return to Rupp Arena on Saturday, Dec. 26, against Louisville. The game will tip at noon and be telecast on CBS

Game Facts
  • Ohio State scored 37 first-half points, tying UCLA for the most points in the first 20 minutes by a UK opponent this year
  • The 12-point halftime deficit UK faced was its largest since trailing at Florida, 49-28, on March 8, 2014
  • Ohio State’s largest lead of the game was 16 at the 14:17 mark of the second half. The deficit was the largest UK has faced this season
  • Kentucky outscored Ohio State 29-16 over the next 9:14. UK pulled within three (63-60) on an Alex Poythress 3-pointer with 4:10 to play
  • Three points was as close as the Wildcats got. From the Poythress 3, Ohio State made four consecutive free throws to extend the lead to 67-60
  • Ohio State’s 74 points were the second most UK has allowed this year (87 vs. UCLA)
  • Ohio State made nine 3s, the most by a UK opponent this year. 
    • The Buckeyes’ 50-percent 3-point field-goal percent (9 of 18) was the most by a UK opponent this year
  • Ohio State grabbed 42 rebounds, the most by a UK opponent this year
  • Ohio State had nine steals, the most by a UK opponent this year
  • Ohio State blocked seven shots, the most by a UK opponent this year

Team Notes
  • Coach John Calipari has a 644-180 (.782) all-time record, including a 199-40 (.833) mark at Kentucky.  
  • Kentucky’s nine made 3s was a season high. The 47-percent output (9 of 19) was also a season high
  • UK scored a season-low 67 points
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    • UK failed to score at least 72 points for the first time this season
  • UK’s eight made free throws and 14 free-throw attempts were season lows

Player Notes  
  • Freshman Jamal Murray notched a career-high 33 points, his ninth consecutive double-figure game
    • His 33 points were the most by a UK player since Brandon Knight scored 30 vs. West Virginia on March 19, 2011
    • Murray’s point-total was the second most by a UK player in the Calipari era (35 by Terrence Jones vs. Auburn on Jan. 11, 2011)
      • The point total was the second most by a freshman in school history. Jones’ 35 in 2011 is the record
    • Murray made a career-high seven 3-pointers. All of them came in the second half. He missed just one 3-point attempt in the second half
    • 27 of his points came in the second half. He was 10 of 13 from the field in the second stanza
    • He tied for the second best 3-point field goal percentage in a single game in school history (minimum of nine attempts) at 77.8 percent, and the best since Kyle Wiltjer vs. Lipscomb on 12/15/2012 (77.8 percent)
    • He has made at least one 3-pointer in all 11 games this year 
      • He’s the only player in school history to hit a 3-pointer in his first 11 collegiate games
  • Junior Marcus Lee came off the bench to score 12 points and lead UK in rebounding for the second straight game with nine
    • He had a career-high two steals 
    • He tied his career high in minutes, playing 30, but fouled out with 1:03 to play
  • Sophomore Tyler Ulis scored 11 points and dished out four assists
  • Senior Alex Poythress scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds
    • He made his first 3-pointer of the year
  • Freshman Isaiah Briscoe dished a career-high-tying seven assists. He had seven assists vs. South Florida.

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