Saturday, December 17, 2016

Some Notes From Kentucky's 103-100 Win Over UNC

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky vs. North Carolina, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Dec. 17, 2016

Final Score: No. 6/7 Kentucky 103, No. 7/6 North Carolina 100
Team Records and Series Notes:

·        Kentucky is 10-1. North Carolina is 10-2

·        UNC leads the all-time series 23-15

·        UK has won four of the last five in the series

·        Kentucky is 4-0 in neutral-site games this season. All of UK’s games away from Rupp Arena have been at neutral sites thus far

·        Kentucky will play the third of a four-game stretch away from home at Louisville on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPN

In the First Half:

·        Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the fifth time this season. That lineup improved to 4-1

·        Kentucky won the tip and opened the scoring on a Monk jumper 11 seconds in

·        Monk made a 3-pointer at the 18:18 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 986 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation

·        North Carolina’s largest lead was three points, 8-5, at the 17:12 mark

·        Monk scored 27 first-half points

·        He scored more than any Wildcat has scored in a half this season

·        His 27 points tied Jamal Murray for the most by a Wildcat in the Calipari era in any half

·        It was the most in the first half by a Wildcat in the Calipari era

·        Murray scored 27 in the second half against Ohio State last season – also in the CBS Sports Classic

·        Kentucky scored more than 50 points in the first half for the fifth time in 11 games

·        Kentucky led by as many as 12 at the 7:39 mark of the first half

In the Second Half:

·        North Carolina tied the game for the first time in the second half at 95-95

·        The Tar Heels took their first lead of the second half at 98-95

·        Kentucky answered with a 3-pointer by Monk with 1:21 remaining

·        UNC went ahead by two with 47 seconds remaining before Monk’s eighth 3-pointer of the game pushed the Cats in front 101-100 with 22 seconds to go

·        Fox sealed the win with a pair of free throws with less than two seconds to go. UNC’s last second shot would not fall
Team Notes:

·        Kentucky scored 103 points, the most Kentucky has ever scored against UNC in a win. The previous most came in a 100-80 win on Dec. 9, 1963
·        The most UK ever scored against UNC came in a 121-110 loss on Dec. 27, 1989

·        Calipari has a 672-188 (.781) on-court record, including a 227-48 (.825) mark at UK

·        Kentucky shot 56 percent from the field, marking the seventh time in 11 games the Cats made more than half of their shots

·        UK had 19 assists on 40 made baskets. UK finished an assist shy of topping the 20-assist plateau for the sixth time this year

·        UK topped the 100-point plateau for the fourth time this season. It ties the most 100-point games in the Calipari era as the 2009-10 team also achieved the feat

·        The lead changed hands six times and there was an equal number of ties. The six lead changes were the most in a game this season for UK

·        Kentucky led for 32:41 in the game, while UNC led for just 3:43

Player Notes:

·        Freshman Malik Monk scored a Kentucky freshman record 47 points
·        Monk tied Dan Issel for the sixth-most points ever by a Wildcat in a single game
·        Issel did it Feb. 23, 1970 in a win at Alabama
·        Monk's 47 points were the most a Wildcat has scored in a game since Jodie Meeks recorded the single-game record of 54 points at Tennessee on Jan. 18, 2009
·        He’s the only player in the Calipari era to score more than 40 points in a game
·        He became the eighth player in the Calipari era to eclipse 30 points
·        He has reached double figures in all 11 games this season
·        He scored 20-plus points for the seventh time overall and has reached that threshold in six of the last seven
·        He’s the first player to score 10 or more in 11 consecutive games since Jamal Murray scored 10 or more in 34 consecutive games
·        Knocked down eight 3-pointers and has made at least one 3-pointer in all 11 games this season
·        He has hit four or more from long range in five games

·        Freshman De’Aaron Fox scored a career-high 24 points and had 10 assists
·        He notched his team-best fourth double-double
·        He has led the team in assists in nine of 11 outings

·        Freshman Bam Adebayo scored 13 points and added a team-high seven rebounds
·        He has scored in double figures in eight consecutive games and nine of his last 10
·        He’s led the team in rebounding in a team-high six games

·        Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe logged 10 points and added seven rebounds and four assists.
·        He has scored in double digits in all nine games he has played

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