Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Texas A&M at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
January 3, 2017 Attendance: 23,455
Final Score: No. 6/6 Kentucky 100, Texas A&M 58
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 12-2 overall, 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M is 8-5, 0-2 in the SEC.
Kentucky leads the series 7-3 and has won two in a row.
Kentucky stays at home for an 8:30 p.m. Saturday tilt against Arkansas. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
In the First Half
Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the eighth time this season. UK is 6-2 with this lineup.
After spotting Texas A&M a 3-pointer on its first possession, Kentucky went on a 15-0 run.
The run featured six straight turnovers by A&M and six straight baskets by UK.
UK’s run featured three 3-pointers (two by Monk, one by Briscoe) and three dunks (Adebayo, Fox, Monk).
Briscoe’s triple extended Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 989 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation.
The Wildcats completed a 28-5 run to make the score 28-8.
Monk swished three foul shots with three seconds left to give the Wildcats their biggest lead of the half at 50-27.
It is the seventh time out of 14 games that the Wildcats tallied at least 50 in the first half.
At one point of the first half (37-15), UK led points off turnovers 19-0. That stat was 21-2 at intermission.
In the Second Half
After scoring 13 points in the first half, Monk came out firing in the second half, netting 13 points in the first eight minutes to give UK a 73-37 advantage. He scored the last of his game-high 26 points with 12:28 remaining in the game.
Kentucky led by as many as 47 points en route to the 100-58 win.
Kentucky is 139-5 (.965) under Calipari when holding the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
This is Kentucky’s fifth 100-point game of the season, most in one season in the Calipari era and most since 1995-96.
The 42-point margin of victory is UK’s second-largest against an SEC opponent in the Calipari era.
Kentucky shot 52.4 percent from the field, the ninth time this season the Wildcats have hit at least half their shots.
Kentucky hit a season-high 13 3-pointers, making 13-of-25 long balls.
UK has made 36-of-83 (.434) on 3-pointers over the last four games.
Kentucky made 21-of-26 at the foul line tonight, a season-best 80.8 percent.
Kentucky harried A&M into 25 turnovers and won points off turnovers 35-2.
Kentucky grabbed 13 offensive rebounds and won second-chance points 21-3.
Calipari has a 674-189 (.781) on-court record, including a 229-49 (.824) mark at UK.
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 553-65 (.895) in Rupp Arena.
UK is 126-5 (.962) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
UK has a 41-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.
Freshman Malik Monk had a game-high 26 points, featuring 5-of-7 on 3-pointers.
It’s his ninth 20-point game of the season and fourth time he’s made at least five 3-pointers.
He’s scored double figures in every game this season.
Freshman De’Aaron Fox scored 15 points, adding six assists and five rebounds.
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe tallied 13 points, including a career-best three 3-pointers.
Briscoe has made his last five 3-point tries, dating back to the North Carolina game.
Briscoe had a game-high seven assists.
Freshman Bam Adebayo had 10 points, three blocked shots and a career-high three steals. He has reached double-figure scoring in 11-straight games.
Sophomore Isaac Humphries notched eight points and six rebounds, most in both categories since Nov. 23.
Sophomore Jonny David had a career-high five points, including the first 3-pointer of his career, and two free throws.
Senior Mychal Mulder had five points, including a pair of free throws.
Mulder has made every foul shot as a Wildcat, 6-of-6.