UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
VIRGINIA TECH AT KENTUCKY
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
DEC. 16, 2017
Final Score: #8/5 KENTUCKY 93, VIRGINIA TECH 86
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky has won seven in a row and is now 9-1. Virginia Tech ended a seven-game win streak and is now 9-2.
- Kentucky leads the series 4-1, including 2-1 in Lexington.
- Next for Kentucky is UCLA as the Wildcats take on the Bruins in the CBS Sports Classic on Sat. Dec. 23 in New Orleans’ Smoothie King Arena. Game time is 4 p.m. ET and televised on CBS.
In the First Half
- Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the second time, also the season opener vs. Utah Valley.
- Virginia Tech scored the game’s first five points before the Wildcats came back with nine a row.
- Diallo connected on a 3-pointer with 16:09 remaining, giving Kentucky 1,023 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
- Tied at 39, Virginia Tech went on an 8-0 run before UK got the final basket of the half. Tech went to halftime with a 47-41 lead.
- It is the most points UK has allowed this season in the first half and UK’s second-largest halftime deficit of the season (trailed by nine in the opener vs. Utah Valley).
- Kentucky’s seven 3-pointers is the most in a first half this season.
- UK shot 46 percent from the field in the first half, ending a streak of four straight games at least 50 percent.
In the Second Half
- Trailing 51-44, Kentucky went on a 10-0 run.
- Tied at 60, UK went on a 5-0 spurt and never trailed again.
- Ahead 75-71, Diallo net nestled a 3-pointer with 4:54 left to give UK its then-largest lead of the game at 78-71. (UK eventually led by eight points as its largest advantage.)
- Clinging to an 85-83 lead, Diallo swished another 3 with 48 seconds left to keep the visitors at bay.
- Kentucky made several clutch shots with the game in the balance. Despite the closeness of the game, Tech never had the ball with a chance to tie or go ahead in the final seven minutes of the game.
- UK scored 93 points for the second game in a row. The last time UK scored 93 at least back-to-back was Jan. 3 and 7, 2017, vs. Texas A&M (100) and Arkansas (97).
- Although the Wildcats allowed a season-most 86 points, it is still 10 points below Tech’s nation-best 96.2 points per game.
- UK won despite Virginia Tech shooting 58.2 percent from the field. It is the second-highest field-goal percentage allowed in the Calipari era.
- Despite the difficulty of winning when the opponent shoots at least 50 percent, UK is 10-9 in the Calipari era when the opponent makes at least half its field goals.
- UK committed only 11 turnovers, one off its season best.
- UK did a great job of converting turnovers into points. Virginia Tech had 19 turnovers and UK turned those into 36 points.
- UK made 11 of 22 from 3-point range. Eleven threes is a season high and it is the second game this season that the Wildcats have made at least half of their long-range tries.
- UK won the rebounding, 33-30, the ninth consecutive game that the Wildcats won or tied the boardwork.
- This is the second game in a row that two Wildcats scored at least 20 points.
- Coming off his only single-digit scoring performance of the year, Kevin Knox bounced back with a game-high 21 points. It is his fourth 20-point game of the season.
- Hamidou Diallo bucketed 20 points. It is second-consecutive 20 game and fourth in a row with at least 19. He is averaging 20.3 over the last four games.
- PJ Washington collected 11 points, a career-high five assists and had a crucial blocked shot in the last minute of the game.
- Quade Green had 17 points and tied his career high for assists with five.
- Nick Richards had eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
- Richards made 3-of-5 field goal attempts today has made at least 60 percent of his shots in seven straight games
- Wenyen Gabriel had seven points and led the Wildcats in rebounds with nine.
Coach John Calipari
- Calipari has a 703-194 all-time on-court record.
- Calipari is now 258-54 at Kentucky.
- Calipari is 142-6 at Rupp Arena.
- Calipari is 3-0 vs. Virginia Tech in his career.