Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky at Texas A&M, Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
March 4, 2017
Final Score: No. 9/9 Kentucky 71, Texas A&M 63
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky has won eight in a row and is 26-5 overall.
- UK finished the regular season 16-2 in the Southeastern Conference and claimed its 48th regular-season league championship as well as the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament. It is UK’s fifth crown in eight seasons under John Calipari.
o The conference championship is Calipari’s 15th regular-season league title as a head coach. He won five at UMass, five at Memphis and now five at Kentucky. He is the only coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history to have won at least five regular-season titles at three different schools.
- Texas A&M’s two-game winning streak ended and the Aggies closed the regular season 16-14 overall, 8-10 in the SEC.
Kentucky leads the series 8-3. UK has won three in a row dating to last season’s SEC Tournament Championship game.
o This was the first time in four games in College Station, Texas, that the game didn’t go to overtime.
- Next for the Wildcats: UK will open up the SEC Tournament on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee’s Bridgestone Arena. As the No. 1 seed UK will play at 1 p.m. ET.
In the First Half
- Kentucky’s starting lineup featured De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis.
o Kentucky improved to 5-0 with this lineup.
o After coming off the bench the previous seven games, Willis has started two in a row.
o Adebayo is the only Wildcat to have started all 31 games of the regular season this year.
- Texas A&M scored the first six points and held UK scoreless through the first 4:54 of the game.
- Texas A&M stretched its lead to double digits at the 13:32 mark when Tyler Davis completed a traditional three-point play to make it 14-2.
- After entering the game at the 16:56 mark, Dominique Hawkins scored five of Kentucky’s first seven points.
- Hawkins’ made 3-pointer at the 11:15 mark extended UK’s streak of 1,005 consecutive games with a triple.
- Kentucky trailed by as much as 15, at 19-4 with 12:09 to play.
o It was the third straight game the Wildcats have fallen behind by double digits.
- Kentucky outscored the hosts 28-9 over the final 12 minutes of the first half.
- Willis gave UK its first lead, 24-23, with a made 3 at the 3:09 mark.
o Including Willis’ 3, UK seniors (Willis, Hawkins and Mychal Mulder) scored nine straight of UK’s points to give the Wildcats a 30-27 lead.
- Briscoe hit a layup with one second remaining to give UK a 32-28 halftime lead.
In the Second Half
- De’Aaron Fox scored Kentucky’s first eight points of the second half.
- UK opened up a double-digit lead for the first time at the 14:06 mark, 47-35, via a Willis 3-pointer.
- Having led by as much as 12 at 53-41 as late as the 11:24 mark, Texas A&M cut UK’s lead to four, 55-51, with 6:10 on the clock.
o UK scored five straight points after that to stretch its lead to nine.
o Concluded at the 2:10 mark UK used a 9-2 lead to stretch its lead back to 11, 64-53.
- Kentucky led by as much as 14, with 40 seconds remaining.
- Fighting back to win from a 15-point deficit, Kentucky made its biggest comeback in a road game of the John Calipari era.
- Kentucky came back from a double-digit deficit to win for the third game in a row.
o UK fought back from as much as 12 points vs. Florida last week, down 19 points on Tuesday against Vanderbilt and down 15 Saturday.
- Kentucky’s six turnovers tied its season low (at Vanderbilt on Jan. 10, 2017).
- Kentucky held Texas A&M to 63 points.
o UK is 17-0 this season when limiting the opponent to 72 or fewer points.
- Kentucky shot 44.1 percent from the field. UK is 25-1 this season when shooting at least 42 percent.
- Kentucky and Texas A&M tied in the rebounding battle. UK had won rebounding in the seven previous games. In any event, UK is 8-0 in its last eight games when winning or tying in the rebounding department.
o UK has outrebounded opponents by 10.9 boards per game during the current eight-game win streak.
- Calipari has a 688-192 (.782) on-court record, including a 243-52 (.824) mark at UK.
- Freshman De’Aaron Fox scored a team-high 19 points.
- He made a career-high tying two 3-pointers on four attempts.
- He scored 15 of his points in the second half, including Kentucky’s first eight after halftime.
- Freshman Malik Monk scored a season-low six points.
- His streak of games in double-figures scoring ended at 30.
- Freshman Bam Adebayo had 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting (with four dunks) from the field.
- He added eight rebounds and three blocks.
- He is averaging 11.2 rebounds over the last five games.
- Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had seven points and once again stalked the backboards with six rebounds. He has averaged 7.4 boards rebounds in the last 12 games.
- Briscoe dished eight assists against one turnover.
- He’s dished 15 assists compared with one turnover in the past two games.
- Senior Derek Willis scored 11 points, reaching double-figure scoring for the 10th time this season.
- He grabbed six rebounds and blocked a season-high tying three shots for the second game in a row and third time overall.
- Senior Dominique Hawkins scored eight points – two off his career-high – all in the first half.
- Shooting 3 of 6 from the field, he tied season high in both makes and attempts.
- He had three assists and two steals.
- His two steals tied his season high for the sixth time.