Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Arkansas at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
January 7, 2017 Attendance: 24,322
Final Score: No. 6/6 Kentucky 97, Arkansas 71
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 13-2 overall, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas is 12-3, 1-2 in the SEC.
This is the fourth time in Coach John Calipari’s eight seasons at UK that the Wildcats have been spotless through their first three league games.
Kentucky leads the series 29-11 and has won four in a row.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play at Vanderbilt on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN.
In the First Half
Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the ninth time this season. UK is 7-2 with this lineup.
Derek Willis hit a 3-pointer at the 15:24 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 990 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation.
Trailing 20-15, Arkansas went on a 9-0 run to take a 24-20 lead with 8:04 left.
At that point, Kentucky went to a four-guard lineup, sparking a 12-0 run, giving the Wildcats a lead they never relinquished.
UK stayed with the four-guard set for seven minutes, going 15-5 in that segment.
UK led the remainder of the half and went to intermission ahead 41-38.
In the Second Half
UK gradually pulled away in the second half, eventually leading by as many as 26 points at the final score of 97-71.
UK controlled the second half, 56-33.
Kentucky shot 52.5 percent from the field, the 10th time this season the Wildcats have hit at least half their shots.
UK made 28-of-40 foul shots, season highs in both categories.
Five Wildcats scored in double figures; it’s the sixth straight game that at least one Wildcat tallied 20 or more points.
Kentucky get a good job getting out on the fast break, leading that statistic 24-4.
Calipari has a 675-189 (.781) on-court record, including a 230-49 (.824) mark at UK.
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 554-65 (.895) in Rupp Arena.
UK is 127-5 (.962) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
UK has a 42-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.
Freshman De’Aaron Fox had a career-high 27 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line. Fox added six rebounds and a game-high six assists.
Playing just 19 minutes, senior Derek Willis tied his season high with 15 points, making a season-best three 3-pointers.
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 15 points and added a game-high eight rebounds. Briscoe missed his only 3-point try, ending a streak of five consecutive made threes.
Freshman Malik Monk had 12 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season. This was his first game as a Wildcat that he did not hit at least one 3-pointer.
Freshman Bam Adebayo worked for 11 points and has reached double-figure scoring in 11-straight games.
Playing nine minutes, senior Mychal Mulder had six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
Sophomore Isaac Humphries contributed four points and four rebounds in seven minutes of action.