Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Valparaiso at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
December 7, 2016 Attendance: 21,805
Final Score: No. 6/7 Kentucky 87, Valparaiso 63
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 8-1. Valparaiso is 7-2.
Kentucky leads the series 2-0.
Kentucky begins a four-game stretch away from home against Hofstra on Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be televised on ESPN at 3 p.m.
Tonight marked UK’s last home game of the 2016 calendar year. The Wildcats’ next home action is Jan. 3 against Texas A&M.
In the First Half
Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the third game in a row and fourth time this season.
Tied at 4, Kentucky went on a 21-0 spurt – its biggest run of the season – for a 25-4 lead.
Early in the run Monk canned a 3-point shot, extending Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 984 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation.
The Wildcats led by as many as 28 points (39-11) before heading to halftime ahead 45-24.
In the Second Half
Kentucky stretched the lead to 34 points on two occasions, 71-37 and 73-39.
Kentucky is now 35-7 (.833) under Coach John Calipari in “bounce back” games following a loss.
Kentucky is 138-5 under Calipari when holding the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
Valparaiso had 19 turnovers tonight, leading to a 19-11 advantage in second-chance points. UK opponents have had at least 17 miscues in all but one game this season.
Kentucky showed its strength around the basket, winning rebounding 48-41 and points in the paint, 46-32.
Calipari has a 670-188 (.781) on-court record, including a 225-48 (.824) mark at UK.
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 552-65 (.895) in Rupp Arena.
UK is 125-5 (.962) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
UK has a 40-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.
Freshman Bam Adebayo led the Wildcats with 16 points, the first time he has paced the team in scoring. He added seven rebounds, tying for the team best in that category.
Freshman Malik Monk had 15 points and has reached double figures in all nine games this season.
Senior Derek Willis tallied 12 points, his third straight game in double figures.
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 10 points. He has scored double digits in all seven games he has played, missing two because of injury.
Freshman De’Aaron Fox had nine points – first time all season under double figures – but played a solid floor game with seven rebounds and five assists. He has led the team in assists in eight of nine games this season.
Senior Mychal Mulder had nine points and corralled seven rebounds, just one shy of his career high.