Tennessee at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
February 14, 2017 Attendance: 24,391
Final Score: #13/11 Kentucky 83, Tennessee 58
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky won its third game in a row and is 21-5 overall, 11-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee is 14-12, 6-7 in the SEC.
Kentucky leads the series 153-69, including 92-16 in Lexington.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats begin a two-game road swing Saturday at Georgia. Game time is 6 p.m. and it 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 18th time this season. UK is 14-4 with this lineup.
Kentucky took its first lead, 7-6, when Derek Willis’ 3-pointer with 16:03 on the clock extended UK’s streak of 1,001 consecutive games with a triple. The Wildcats never trailed again.
Willis added two more 3-pointers to make it 20-12, prompting a Tennessee timeout at 10:50.
UK stretched the run to 18-3, making the score 31-15, prompting another UT timeout at 8:09.
The teams played evenly the rest of the way and Kentucky went to halftime ahead 47-32. It was the most points for UK in a first half since the South Carolina game on Jan. 21.
UK made 10 3-pointers in the first half, most in a half this season. The previous best was eight long balls in a half on two occasions.
In the Second Half
Tennessee pulled within 53-40 – the closest the Volunteers got in the second half – when Fox made two magnificent plays
A steal that led to a fast-break alley-oop pass for a Willis dunk
Another steal that he took the length of the court for a layup
Kentucky led by as many as 28 points en route to the final score of 83-58.
Kentucky held Tennessee to 58 points, the Volunteers’ fewest of the season.
UK is 13-0 this season when limiting the opponent to 72 or fewer points.
Kentucky is 141-5 (.966) under Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 points or fewer.
Tennessee shot 34.6 percent from the field. UK is 12-0 this season when limiting the opponent to less than 43 percent.
Kentucky shot 46.4 percent from the field. UK is 20-1 this season when shooting at least 42 percent.
Kentucky had 17 assists against only seven turnovers. UK is 20-2 this season when having more assists than turnovers.
Kentucky won the rebounding for the third straight game, 43-35. UK is 17-3 this season when outrebounding the opponent.
UK is now 207-4 (.981) under Calipari in games leading by at least 10 points.
Calipari has a 683-192 (.781) on-court record, including a 238-52 (.821) mark at UK.
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 559-66 (.894) in Rupp Arena.
UK has won 46 consecutive games in Rupp Arena vs. unranked opponents.
UK is 132-6 (.957) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
Freshman Malik Monk tallied a game-high 20 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season. It’s also his 15th 20-point game of the season.
Monk grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
Senior Derek Willis made 16 points, with 12 coming in the first half on four 3-pointers.
Willis also had a big game last season vs. Tennessee in Rupp Arena, setting career bests with seven 3-pointers and 25 total points.
Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 13 points and tied Isaiah Briscoe with a game-high six assists.
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 12 points and tied Fox with a game-high six assists.
Freshman Bam Adebayo had seven points and led all rebounders with 12 boards. It is his fourth double-figure rebounding game of the season and first since the UCLA game on Dec. 3.
Senior Dominique Hawkins canned a pair of 3-pointers, leading to a season-high 10 points. It is the second double-figure game of his career, tallying 13 in the win over Louisville last season.