Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Cleveland State at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
November 23, 2016
Final Score: No. 1/1 Kentucky 101, Cleveland State 70
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is 5-0. Cleveland State is 1-3.
- Kentucky leads the series 3-0.
- Kentucky is now 2-0 in this year’s Bluegrass Showcase, with wins over Cleveland State and Duquesne.
- Kentucky wraps up the Bluegrass Showcase Friday at 7 p.m. against UT Martin. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
In the First Half
- Kentucky started the lineup of Dominique Hawkins, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo for the first time this season.
- It is the first time that two Kentuckians and two seniors started since March 4, 2014, when Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson opened on Senior Day.
- Kentucky began the game with a 7-0 run and never trailed.
- Derek Willis made a 3-pointer at the 18:31 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 980 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.
- Kentucky steadily extended the advantage and led 56-35 at halftime.
- It is the second straight game that UK hit the 50-point mark in the opening stanza. The Wildcats tallied 50 vs. Duquesne.
- 56 points are the most for Kentucky in a first half since tallying 57 – most in the first half in the John Calipari era – against Arkansas on Jan. 23, 2010.
- It was a productive half for the Wildcat guards, as Monk led the first-half scoring parade with 19 points and four assists while Fox netted 12 points and six assists.
- Monk’s 19 points is the third-most for a player in the first half during the Calipari era.
In the Second Half
- Kentucky led by as many as 41 points at 95-54.
- Tai Wynyard’s tip-in with 31 seconds left put UK over the century mark with 101 points. It is UK’s first triple-digit game since tallying 110 vs. Auburn on Feb. 21, 2015.
- This is the fifth time in eight seasons under Coach Calipari that the Wildcats have opened with five straight wins.
- CSU shot 39.1 percent from the field (25 of 64), the third consecutive game that the opponent has been held under 40 percent.
- The Vikings hit just six of 27 on 3-pointers. 22.2 percent. For the season Wildcat opponents are making only 21.2 percent of their threes.
- CSU had 19 turnovers today. UK opponents have committed at least 18 miscues in every game this season.
- UK shot 52.1 percent from the field today, the third time this season the Wildcats have made at least half their shots.
- Kentucky shot 37.5 percent from long range, its best 3-point figure of the season.
- UK had a season-high 25 assists.
- The Wildcats won rebounding today 47-36 and dominated points in the paint, 52-20.
- Kentucky had two players (Fox and Gabriel) post double-doubles, first time that happened since Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee did so vs. LSU on March 5, 2016.
- Kentucky has a 37-game win streak at home against teams that are not ranked in The Associated Press poll.
- Coach John Calipari has a 667-187 (.781) on-court record, including a 222-47 (.825) mark at UK.
- Kentucky has an all-time mark of 550-64 (.896) in Rupp Arena.
- UK is 123-4 (.969) at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
- Calipari broke the record held by Joe B. Hall for the most coaching victories in Rupp Arena. Hall was 122-14 (.897) in the building.
- The current 41-game win streak is the second-longest in arena annals.
- Freshman De’Aaron Fox notched 16 points and 11 assists, his second double-double of the season.
- Fox has scored in double figures and led UK in assists in all five games this season.
- Freshman Malik Monk had 23 points, tying his season best (also vs. Michigan State) and has reached double figures in all five games this season.
- Monk’s 19 points in the first half tied for the third-most in a first half in the Calipari era.
- He also had four assists, his best as a Wildcat.
- Freshman Wenyen Gabriel amassed 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, his first UK double-double, and season highs in all three categories.
- Senior Mychal Mulder had a career-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the second game in a row.
- Freshman Bam Adebayo had 14 points, tying his Wildcat best, adding seven rebounds.
- Sophomore Isaac Humphries contributed an efficient 11 minutes with nine points and nine rebounds, tying his career high for points.
- Freshman Tai Wynyard played four productive minutes with four points and three rebounds.