Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 22/21 Kentucky at RV/No. 20 South Carolina
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
Feb. 13, 2016 Attendance: 18,000
Final Score: Kentucky 89, South Carolina 62
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky has won three in a row and is now 19-6 on the season. The Wildcats are 9-3 in Southeastern Conference action, preserving at least a tie for the league lead.
• South Carolina is 21-4 overall, 8-4 in SEC play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 50-11 and has won three in a row.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m.
In the First Half
• Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Derek Willis and Marcus Lee for the third straight game.
• Willis opened the game with a 3-pointer, extending Kentucky’s streak of 964 consecutive games with at least one long ball.
• UK was ahead 5-2 when Coach John Calipari received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game with 17:34 remaining in the first half.
• South Carolina had one-point leads at 8-7 and 10-9. UK took the lead for good with a Briscoe layup at the 13:22 mark, going ahead 11-10.
• UK had no huge runs in the first half but gradually build an 18-point lead and went to intermission ahead 42-27. It was USC’s largest halftime deficit of the season.
• Kentucky is now 17-3 when owning a halftime advantage.
In the Second Half
• South Carolina hit a pair of foul shots on the first possession to pull within 42-29. The Gamecocks got no closer the rest of the way.
• The Wildcats led by as many as 34 points at 77-43.
• UK’s current three-game win streak has an average margin of victory of 26.7 points.
• UK scored a season-high 89 points.
• Kentucky made 11 3-pointers. The Wildcats have made at least 10 threes in each of the last three games and are 4-0 this season (also vs. Louisville) when making double-digit threes.
• UK limited South Carolina to 62 points. UK is 130-5 (.963) under Calipari when holding the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
• UK held USC to 32.7 percent shooting. UK is 10-0 this season when keeping the opponent under 38 percent from the field.
• UK won points off turnovers 22-10 and won points in the paint 34-20.
• Calipari has a 654-184 (.780) all-time record, including a 209-44 (.826) mark at Kentucky.
• Sophomore Tyler Ulis set career highs with 27 points and 12 assists.
• He is the first player in Kentucky history with two 20-point, 10-assist games. His previous 20-point, 10-assist game came earlier this season vs. Ole Miss.
• It is his fourth career double-double, second in the last three games.
• It is his 11th 20-point game of the season.
• He made four 3-pointers, tying his career high.
• His 12 assists came with only one turnover in 36 minutes of action.
• He is the first Wildcat in school history with at least four assists in 18 consecutive games (single game assists available since the 1972-73 season).
• Freshman Jamal Murray had 26 points.
• It is his 10th game this season with at least 20 points, his fourth game in a row.
• It is his 23rd consecutive double-figure scoring game.
• He has made at least one 3-point shot in every game this season, the first player in program history to make a triple in each of his first 25 collegiate games.
• His 25 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer are the most since Darius Miller made at least one from long range in 25 consecutive games during the 2010-11 season.
• Junior Marcus Lee 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
• It is his third double-double of the season, first since the Illinois State game on Nov. 30.
• It is his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season, first since the Ole Miss game on Jan. 2.
• Freshman Isaiah Briscoe had 10 points, his 13th double-figure game of the season.
• Junior Derek Willis notched nine points, coming on three 3-point shots.
• It is his 10th consecutive game with at least one triple and fourth-straight game with at least two 3-pointers.