Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kansas at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
January 28, 2017 Attendance: 24,418 (season high)
Final Score: #2/1 Kansas 79, #4/4 Kentucky 73
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 17-4 overall while Kansas is now 19-2.
Kentucky leads the series 22-8, including 7-2 in Lexington.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats host Georgia on Tuesday at 9 p.m. 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 15th time this season. UK is 11-4 with this lineup.
Trailing 8-7, UK took the lead with a 7-0 spurt, capped by a 3-pointer by Derek Willis that extended Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 995 consecutive games.
Kentucky led by as many as 12 points in the first half.
Kentucky stayed ahead the remainder of the half, but Kansas closed with a 7-1 run to pull within 32-27 at intermission.
In the Second Half
Kansas quickly got a pair of 3-pointers to take its first lead (33-32) since 8-7.
The teams battled back and forth until Kansas went on an 11-0 run to go ahead 69-59 with 4:41 to play.
Kentucky got back within four points at 77-73 but no closer as Kansas held on to win.
Kentucky lost despite holding a 12-point lead in the first half. This was only the fourth loss under Coach John Calipari – first against a nonconference opponent – in which the Wildcats led by at least 10 points. UK is now 204-4 (.981) under Calipari in games leading by at least 10.
Kentucky lost back-to-back games for only the eighth time under Calipari. Kentucky is now 36-8 under Calipari (.818) in bounce-back games after losses.
This is only the third time in eight years under Calipari that the Wildcats have lost at least two home games (2012-13 and 2013-14)
Calipari has a 679-191 (.780) on-court record, including a 234-51 (.821) mark at UK.
UK is 47-20 against Associated Press Top 25 teams under Calipari, 5-3 vs. top-five teams.
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 556-66 (.894) in Rupp Arena.
UK is 129-6 (.956) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
Senior Derek Willis had a season-high 18 points, boosted by a season-best 5 of 6 on 3-point shots.
Freshman Malik Monk tallied 18 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season.
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 12 points, a game-high six assists and tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight. Briscoe has nabbed 22 rebounds over the last two games.
Freshman Bam Adebayo had 10 points, his third straight game in double figures, while tying Briscoe for the team lead in rebounds with eight.
Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 10 points, his 18th game this season in double figures.
Senior Mychal Mulder missed his third game in a row because of illness.