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Kentucky-Tennessee postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Tennessee at No. 14 Kentucky
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
Feb. 18, 2016
Attendance: 24,274

Final Score: Kentucky 80, Tennessee 70

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 20-6 on the season. The Wildcats are 10-3 in Southeastern Conference action and are in sole possession of first place in the league standings for the first time this season.
• UK’s four-game win streak is the longest since opening the season with seven consecutive wins.
• Tennessee is 12-14 overall, 5-8 in SEC play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 152-68.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays at Texas A&M on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. EST, televised by ESPN.

In the First Half
• Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Derek Willis and Marcus Lee for the fourth straight game.
• Kentucky got its first lead, 11-9, when Jamal Murray hit a 3-pointer with 10:20 left on the clock, extending UK’s streak of 965 games with at least one triple.
• Murray’s 3-pointer was part of a 15-1 Kentucky run which turned a 9-6 deficit into a 21-10 lead. UK held Tennessee more than nine minutes without a field goal as the Volunteers missed 11 shots during that stretch.
• The teams battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the opening frame and UK took a 36-30 edge into intermission.
• Kentucky is now 18-3 when owning a halftime advantage.

In the Second Half
• Ahead 41-35, Kentucky went on a 13-1 run for a 54-36 lead.
• UK eventually built the lead to 22 points at 67-45.
• Tennessee kept battling and got within 12 points at 69-57 but the Wildcats responded with a 7-0 spurt that put the game away.

Team Notes
• Kentucky extended its 35-game home winning streak, second-longest active streak in the nation.
• Coach John Calipari has the two longest win streaks in Rupp Arena, 55 games and the current stretch of 35.
• UK is 117-4 (.967) at home under Calipari.
• Kentucky has scored at least 76 points in nine straight regular-season SEC games for the first time since the 1995-96 season (12 straight).
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• Kentucky made 11 3-pointers. The Wildcats have made at least 10 3s in each of the last four games, the first time since 1993 and the fifth time in school history.
• UK is 5-0 this season (also vs. Louisville) when making double-digit 3s.
• UK held Tennessee to 37.9 percent shooting. UK is 11-0 this season when keeping the opponent under 38 percent from the field.
• This is the 16th-straight game that a Wildcat has scored at least 20 points.
• UK has had five different players score at least 25 in a game this season – Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray, Alex Poythress, Tyler Ulis and now Derek Willis.
• Calipari has a 655-184 (.781) all-time record, including a 210-44 (.827) mark at Kentucky.

20-Win Seasons
• This is Kentucky’s 60th season with 20 or more victories, including the eighth year in a row and 25th time in the last 26 seasons.
• This is Calipari’s 22nd consecutive 20-win season as a college coach, including seven at Kentucky, nine at Memphis and six at Massachusetts.

Player Notes
• Freshman Jamal Murray had 28 points and tied his career high for rebounds with nine boards.
• It is his 11th game this season with at least 20 points, his fifth game in a row.
• It is his 24th consecutive double-figure scoring game, the most since Brandon Knight had a 28-game double-figure stretch in 2010-11.
• 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 26 collegiate games.
• Junior Derek Willis notched a career-high 25 points, 17 of which came in the second half.
• He swished a career-best seven 3-pointers.
• It is his 11th consecutive game with at least one triple and fifth-straight game with at least two 3-pointers.
• Sophomore Tyler Ulis had 11 points and nine assists.
• He is the first Wildcat in school history with at least four assists in 19 consecutive games (single game assists available since the 1972-73 season).
• Only in his second season at UK, Ulis has become the 16th player in school history with at least 300 assists. He now has 304.
• Freshman Isaiah Briscoe had five points and 10 rebounds, the second time this season he has claimed double-figure boards.

2 comments

  1. UKMANAGER

    nuttin sux like a Big Orange

  2. Larry Pup

    I liked the win alright, and Willis was a one man army, but this UT team put up a fight with not a man over 6-5. UK blew another big lead down the stretch and it was way to close at the end. UK looked tired in the first half, and lost way to many 50-50 balls. This is starting to be a habit with them. I wanted to see UK destroy the Vols. Can’t stand that bunch.

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