UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
TROY AT KENTUCKY
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
NOV. 20, 2017 ATTENDANCE: 19,548
Final Score: #7/4 Kentucky 70, Troy 62
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 4-1. Troy is 2-3.
This was the first meeting between UK and Troy in men’s basketball.
Next for the Wildcats: UK continues the five-game homestand on Wed. Nov. 22 as the Wildcats play host to Fort Wayne. Game time is 8 p.m. and it will be televised on the SEC Network.
In the First Half
Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the fourth straight game.
Tied 8-8, Kentucky took control with an 8-0 run, giving the Wildcats a lead they did not relinquish. UK forced seven straight missed shots by the Trojans during that stretch.
Green swished a pull-up jumper at the buzzer and UK went to intermission with its largest lead, 41-25. It is also UK’s largest first-half lead of the season.
Kentucky’s 41 first-half points were its most in a first half this season.
In the Second Half
UK extended the lead to 21 points on three occasions, the last at 66-45, before Troy made a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 66-54.
The Trojans eventually reduced the advantage to eight points at 70-62 with 1:08 remaining, but there was no scoring in the final minute.
Troy scored 62 points tonight. Under Coach John Calipari, the Wildcats are 149-5 when limiting opponents to 63 points or less.
UK dominated the rebounding, 53-30, the fourth consecutive game that the Wildcats won or tied the boardwork.
Kentucky grabbed a season-high in rebounds.
UK limited Troy to just 4 of 27 on 3-point shots, 14.8 percent.
An interesting trend is the number of 3-pointers that opponents are launching. Through five games, UK opponents are averaging 26.6 3-point attempts per game. The school record for most 3-point attempts by opponents is 22.5 per game in 2006-07.
Kentucky’s 20 bench points were a season high.
Kevin Knox led the Wildcats with 17 points. He has scored double figures in all five games this season.
Quade Green tallied 13 points, adding three points and three assists.
Wenyen Gabriel had a season-high 12 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Nick Richards had an efficient game, producing eight points and eight rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
Hamidou Diallo had eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a career-high five rebounds.
Coach John Calipari
Calipari is now 253-54 at Kentucky.
Calipari is 138-6 at Rupp Arena.
Calipari has a 698-194 all-time on-court record.
Calipari is 1-0 vs. Troy in his career.