Saturday, February 11, 2017

Notes From Kentucky's Win Today Over Alabama

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky at Alabama, Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Feb. 11, 2017
Final Score: #15/12 Kentucky 67, Alabama 58
Team Records and Series Notes
·        Kentucky is 20-5 overall, 10-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama is 14-10, 7-5 in the league
o   Kentucky has won at least 20 games for nine-straight seasons, eight of which came under John Calipari’s direction
o   Calipari secured a 23rd consecutive on-court 20-win season – more than any other current active coach
·        Kentucky leads the series 109-37, 31-23 in Tuscaloosa
o   Kentucky has won seven in a row in the series
·        Kentucky has won two in a row for the first time since winning seven straight to begin the SEC slate
·        Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats have their first rematch of the season Tuesday against Tennessee in Rupp Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET 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 17th time this season. UK is 13-4 with this lineup
·        Monk scored eight of Kentucky’s first 12 points
·        Trailing 7-4, Kentucky scored 10 straight to open up a 14-7 lead at the 12:49 mark
·        Monk’s 3-pointer from the right wing at the 15:26 mark, extended UK’s streak of consecutive games with a triple to 1,000
o   Kentucky is the first school to make a 3 in 1,000 straight games
o   The streak began Nov. 28, 1988, in a 89-71 win vs. California
o   Kentucky currently has a 771-229 record during its streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer
·        Kentucky closed the first half on a 7-1 run over the last 2:35
·        UK held Bama without a field goal over the last 4:10 of the first half
·        UK held Alabama to 20 points in the first half, the fewest in the first half by a UK opponent this year. The previous low was 23 by Duquesne
o   Bama's 20 first-half points were the fewest in any half by a UK opponent this year. Michigan State scored 22 in the second half - the previous low

In the Second Half
·        UK led by 18 at the 15:18 mark
·        Alabama cut UK’s lead to 50-43 with 4:42 to play
·        Alabama trimmed the UK lead to six at 55-49 with 2:39 to play, and again at 57-51 with 1:42 to play, but got no closer with a Briscoe layup at the 2:08 mark and a Derek Willis 3-pointer with 1:18 remaining as key moments in stemming the bleeding

Team Notes
·        UK is now 206-4 (.981) under Calipari in games leading by at least 10 points
·        The Wildcats are 140-5 when limiting the opponent to 63 points or less under Coach Cal
·        After losing the rebounding battle at Florida, the Wildcats have bounced back by winning the rebounding margin in each of the last two, +3 at 41-38 tonight, after a +14 Tuesday vs. LSU
·        Calipari has a 682-192 (.780) on-court record, including a 237-52 (.820) mark at UK
·        Kentucky’s 67 points were its second fewest of the season (66 at Florida)
·        UK made three of 15 3-point attempts, a 20 percent output that was its second worst of the season (1 of 9 – 11 percent at Vanderbilt)
·        UK made 10 of 18 free throws – both season lows
·        Kentucky held Alabama to 58 points, tying Texas A&M for second fewest by a UK opponent this season
o   Michigan State scored 48
·        Alabama’s three made 3-pointers were the fewest by a UK opponent this season
·        Alabama’s four assists were the fewest by a UK opponent this season
o   The last time UK limited an opponent to four assists was against Bama on March 11, 2016 in the SEC Tournament
·        Alabama is the only UK opponent not to block a shot this year
·        Kentucky committed 27 fouls tying the season high (vs. Hofstra)

Player Notes  
·        Freshman Malik Monk tallied 17 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season
·        Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe produced his fourth double-double of the season, and the sixth of his career
·        He scored 11 and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds
·        Tied De’Aaron Fox for the team lead with four double-doubles this season
·        Freshman Bam Adebayo had 14 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes
·        He fouled out at the 6:02 mark
·        He fouled out for the second time this season
·        Freshman Wenyen Gabriel tied his career-high with three rejections
·        He blocked three shots for the third time this season
·        Gabriel added six rebounds
·        Sophomore Isaac Humphries had four points
·        UK is 19-0 this season when Humphries scores
·        Senior Dominique Hawkins finished with five points on 2 of 3 shooting
·        He had three assists, no turnovers and added two steals, tying Fox and Monk for the team high
·        His two steals tied his season high, having done that three times now

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