Auburn at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
January 14, 2017 Attendance: 24,372 (season high)
Final Score: No. 6/6 Kentucky 92, Auburn 72
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 15-2 overall, 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 11-6, 1-4 in the SEC.
This is the third time in Coach John Calipari’s eight seasons at UK that the Wildcats have been spotless through their first five league games.
Kentucky leads the series 92-18, including 47-2 in Lexington.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play at Mississippi State 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 11th time this season. UK is 9-2 with this lineup.
After making only one 3-point shot Tuesday at Vanderbilt, Kentucky came out hot from long distance today. The Wildcats made 8-of-12 on 3-pointers in the first half – including their first two baskets by Gabriel and Monk — extending Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 992 consecutive games.
Trailing 13-10, Kentucky went on a 10-0 run and never trailed again.
Kentucky added a 9-0 spurt to go ahead 36-25.
The Wildcats led by 13 points on two occasions in the first half and went to intermission with a 51-39 advantage.
It was the eighth time this season that UK tallied at least 50 points in the first half.
In the Second Half
Kentucky increased the lead to 14 points at 58-44 before Auburn went on a 12-2 run, pulling within 60-56.
Briscoe responded with a 3-pointer and a layup.
Auburn refused to go away, getting back within 70-64.
At that point, Kentucky put the game away with a 14-4 spurt, giving the Wildcats an 84-68 advantage.
Kentucky went on to a 92-72 victory, its largest lead of the game.
Kentucky shot a season-best 57.1 percent from the field. It is the 12th time this season and fifth game in a row that the Wildcats have hit at least half their shots.
Kentucky also shot a season-high 57.9 percent on 3-pointers, making 11 of 19.
Five Wildcats scored in double figures; it’s the eighth straight game that at least one Wildcat tallied 20 or more points.
Led by Wenyen Gabriel’s career-high 16 rebounds, UK won the board battle 40-28.
Calipari has a 677-189 (.782) on-court record, including a 232-49 (.826) mark at UK.
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 555-65 (.895) in Rupp Arena.
UK is 128-5 (.962) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
UK has a 43-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.
Freshman Malik Monk had 24 points and six assists, game highs in both categories. This was his 10th 20-point game of the season. He continued his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season.
Freshman Bam Adebayo had 15 points and has reached double-figure scoring in 14-straight games.
Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. It is his fourth straight game scoring in double figures.
Senior Mychal Mulder had 12 points, one shy of his career high, and the most since tallying 12 against UT Martin on Nov. 25.
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 10 points, featuring two crucial baskets when Auburn got within four points in the second half.
Freshman Wenyen Gabriel pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds. His six points came on a pair of 3-point shots, the first time he had made multiple 3-pointers in a game.