Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Some Notes From Kentucky's Win Over Tennessee

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Tennessee at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
February 14, 2017
Attendance: 24,391

Final Score: #13/11 Kentucky 83, Tennessee 58
Team Records and Series Notes:
  • Kentucky won its third game in a row and is 21-5 overall, 11-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee is 14-12, 6-7 in the SEC.
  • Kentucky leads the series 153-69, including 92-16 in Lexington.  
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats begin a two-game road swing Saturday at Georgia. Game time is 6 p.m. and it will be televised 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 18th time this season. UK is 14-4 with this lineup.
  • Kentucky took its first lead, 7-6, when Derek Willis’ 3-pointer with 16:03 on the clock extended UK’s streak of 1,001 consecutive games with a triple. The Wildcats never trailed again.
  • Willis added two more 3-pointers to make it 20-12, prompting a Tennessee timeout at 10:50.
  • UK stretched the run to 18-3, making the score 31-15, prompting another UT timeout at 8:09.
  • The teams played evenly the rest of the way and Kentucky went to halftime ahead 47-32. It was the most points for UK in a first half since the South Carolina game on Jan. 21.
  • UK made 10 3-pointers in the first half, most in a half this season. The previous best was eight long balls in a half on two occasions.

In the Second Half:
  • Tennessee pulled within 53-40 – the closest the Volunteers got in the second half – when Fox made two magnificent plays
    • A steal that led to a fast-break alley-oop pass for a Willis dunk
    • Another steal that he took the length of the court for a layup
  • Kentucky led by as many as 28 points en route to the final score of 83-58.

Team Notes:
  • Kentucky held Tennessee to 58 points, the Volunteers’ fewest of the season.
    • UK is 13-0 this season when limiting the opponent to 72 or fewer points.
    • Kentucky is 141-5 (.966) under Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 points or fewer.
  • Tennessee shot 34.6 percent from the field. UK is 12-0 this season when limiting the opponent to less than 43 percent.
  • Kentucky shot 46.4 percent from the field. UK is 20-1 this season when shooting at least 42 percent.
  • Kentucky had 17 assists against only seven turnovers. UK is 20-2 this season when having more assists than turnovers.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding for the third straight game, 43-35. UK is 17-3 this season when outrebounding the opponent. 
  • UK is now 207-4 (.981) under Calipari in games leading by at least 10 points. 
  • Calipari has a 683-192 (.781) on-court record, including a 238-52 (.821) mark at UK.
  • Kentucky has an all-time mark of 559-66 (.894) in Rupp Arena.  
    • UK has won 46 consecutive games in Rupp Arena vs. unranked opponents.
    • UK is 132-6 (.957) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.

Player Notes : 
  • Freshman Malik Monk tallied a game-high 20 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season. It’s also his 15th 20-point game of the season.
    • Monk grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
  • Senior Derek Willis made 16 points, with 12 coming in the first half on four 3-pointers.
    • Willis also had a big game last season vs. Tennessee in Rupp Arena, setting career bests with seven 3-pointers and 25 total points.
  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 13 points and tied Isaiah Briscoe with a game-high six assists.
  • Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 12 points and tied Fox with a game-high six assists.
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo had seven points and led all rebounders with 12 boards. It is his fourth double-figure rebounding game of the season and first since the UCLA game on Dec. 3.
  • Senior Dominique Hawkins canned a pair of 3-pointers, leading to a season-high 10 points. It is the second double-figure game of his career, tallying 13 in the win over Louisville last season.

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