UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
HARVARD AT #7/7 KENTUCKY
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
DEC. 2, 2017 ATTENDANCE: 22,922
Final Score: #7/7 Kentucky 79, Harvard 70
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky wins its fifth game in a row improving to 7-1. Harvard is 3-6.
This was the first meeting between UK and HU in men’s basketball.
Next for the Wildcats: UK travels to the Madison Square Garden to play Monmouth in the Citi Hoops Classic. Game time is noon and it will be televised on ESPNU.
Coach John Calipari
Calipari has a 701-194 all-time on-court record.
Calipari is now 256-54 at Kentucky.
Calipari is 141-6 at Rupp Arena.
Calipari is 2-0 vs. Harvard in his career.
In the First Half
Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the seventh straight game.
At the first media timeout Kentucky led 11-7 with Knox leading the Wildcats with five points.
Kentucky went on a 7-0 run from 5:22 to 4:15 after Harvard cut the deficit to one point to increase the lead to 39-31.
Knox’s 16 points are the most by a Wildcat in a half this season.
Knox’s third game this season and second in a row that he has reached double figures before halftime.
It is the third game in a row that Kentucky has shot 50 percent or better in the first half.
Kentucky made 12 free throws, the most made in a half this season.
In the Second Half
Kentucky went on a 13-0 run from 11:01 to 8:19 to earn an 18-point lead.
Kentucky led by as many as 20 points in the second half.
UK did not score a field goal over the final 2:31 of the game and finished 1 of 8 from the field.
UK led by as many as 20 points in the game and is 221-4 in the John Calipari era in games that the Wildcats have led by at least 10 points.
UK outrebounded Harvard, 37-36, the seventh consecutive game that the Wildcats won or tied the boardwork.
UK won points in the paint, 42-20.
Kentucky led 15-0 on fast-break points.
UK has had more fast-break points than every opponent this season.
UK tied it’s season low for fewest turnovers in a game with 10, also achieving that number against Vermont.
With a 24-3 advantage in points off turnovers against the Crimson, UK has now had at least a plus-21 edge in that category in consecutive games.
Kevin Knox scored 20 points and has scored in double figures in every game this season.
It was his second game in a row with at least 20 points. The last Wildcat to do that was De’Aaron Fox against Georgia and Alabama last season at the SEC Tournament.
Hamidou Diallo tied his career high of 19 points. It is the second game in a row he has scored in double figures and tied his career high (set last game).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 12 points and tied his career best for rebounds (five).
It was his third game in a row scoring in double figures.
Nick Richards scored nine points and tied his career high for blocked shots with three for a second game in a row.
Sacha Killeya-Jones was 4 of 4 from the field and scored a season-high nine points. He also had two rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes of action.