Kentucky-Tennessee postgame notes and numbers

Jamal Murray. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jamal Murray. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 20/19 Kentucky at Tennessee
Thompson-Boling Arena – Knoxville, Tenn.
Feb. 2, 2016
Attendance: 19,295

Final Score: Tennessee 84, Kentucky 77

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 16-6 (6-3 SEC) on the season. Tennessee is 11-11 (4-5 SEC)
• Kentucky lost two games in a row for the first time this season
• Kentucky is 4-1 this season in games following losses and 31-7 in the John Calipari era
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 151-68
• Tennessee snapped Kentucky’s two-game winning streak in the series
• Kentucky leads 54-49 in Knoxville, Tenn.
• Tennessee has won two of the last three in Knoxville
• Next for the Wildcats: UK welcomes Florida to Rupp Arena on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CBS

In the First Half
• Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Derek Willis and Alex Poythress for the fifth game in a row
• Ulis (six) and Poythress (two) combined to score Kentucky’s first eight points as the Cats jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the first 4:30 of game time
• Ulis extended Kentucky’s streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer to 961 when he connected from beyond the arc at the 16:30 mark
• Front-court players Poythress, Willis (five) and Skal Labissière (two) combined for 17 of UK’s first 25 points (7 of 8 field goals) over the opening 10:05 of action
• Kentucky assisted eight of the first 11 made field goals
• UK led by as much as 21 (34-13) at the 5:46 mark
• From that point Tennessee outscored Kentucky 23-8 to climb within six at halftime
• Kentucky is now 14-3, and has lost two in a row, when owning a halftime advantage

In the Second Half
• Tennessee took its first lead at 56-54 at the 14:09 mark
• Kentucky then made 3s for the next two scores to regain the lead at 60-56 with 13:07 to play
• Kentucky’s last lead was 63-60 at the 11:30 mark
• Tied at 70-70 at the 5:16 mark, Tennessee went on a 6-0 run over the next 0:49 seconds to take a 76-70 lead

Team Notes
• UK is 0-4 this year when allowing 80-plus points. UK has allowed 74-plus points in all six losses, and those are the six highest point-totals UK has allowed this year
• Tennessee won the rebounding 37-36. UK is 1-5 this year when finishing the game at a rebounding deficit
• Tennessee made 30 free throws. UK has allowed a season-high 30 made free throws in two-straight games
• Tennessee’s 34 free-throw attempts was the second most by a UK opponent this year (47 at Kansas)
• Tennessee’s .882 free-throw percentage tied Wright State (Nov. 20, 2015) for the best percentage by a UK opponent this year
• Tennessee was 30 of 34 compared with Wright State’s 15 of 17
• Tennessee shot 42 percent (8 of 19) from 3-point range. That’s the second best percentage by a UK opponent this year (Ohio State .500, 9-18)
• UK has allowed eight or more 3s in each of its last three losses
• Kentucky finished with two steals, tying the Alabama (Jan. 9) game for the fewest in a game this year
• Tennessee committed eight turnovers, the second fewest by a UK opponent this year (7 at Alabama)
• Calipari has a 651-184 (.780) all-time record, including a 206-44 (.824) mark at Kentucky

Player Notes
• Sophomore Tyler Ulis scored 20 points
• He’s scored 20 or more points in five straight games and nine of the last 11
• It was Ulis’ 10th 20-point, five-assist game this season, the most at UK since at least 1972-73 (as far back as UK has game-by-game assist records for)
• Kyle Macy had seven 20-point, five-assist games in 1979-80 and Jamal Mashburn had seven 20-point, five-assist games in 1992-93
• He has had at least four assists in 15 consecutive games, tying him with Dirk Minniefield (1982-83) for the second most in a single season since 1972-73. Roger Harden had 17 straight games with four-plus assists in 1985-1986
• He fouled out for the first time in his career
• Freshman Jamal Murray had a team-high 21 points, his 20th consecutive double-figure 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 22 collegiate games
• He had five assists, tied for his second most in a game this year
• The last time he had five assists was against Arizona State on Dec. 12, 2015
• He was 4 of 4 from 3-point range, marking the fourth time he has shot 100 percent from 3 when attempting three or more shots
• Senior Alex Poythress scored 14 points
• He played 17 minutes, spending much of the game in foul trouble, and fouling out with 3:27 remaining in the game
• He finished the game with a +/- differential of plus-seven. The only other Wildcat to finish the game with a positive differential was Briscoe (plus-one)
• He has fouled four times this year, and UK has lost each of those games
• Freshman Isaiah Briscoe notched 10 points, tied for the team high with eight rebounds
• He has reached double-figure scoring 13 times and three games in a row
• His eight rebounds were the second most of his career (12 vs. NJIT – Nov. 14, 2015)
• Junior Derek Willis tied Briscoe for the team-high with eight rebounds
• He scored eight points, with two made 3s.
• He tied his career high in minutes played (35)

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