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UCLA’s talent, play no surprise to Monk

Malik Monk (Chet White/UK Athletics)

Malik Monk (Chet White/UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Malik Monk was not surprised by the way UCLA played Saturday when the Bruins came into Rupp Arena and won 97-92.

“We knew they were going to do that. If we let them open, they were going to make the shot. Great team, like I said before. So we were just outfought for letting them get that open,” Monk, who scored 24 points, said. “I knew they were a great team. I knew they were going to play like that and I knew they were great players. So we can’t just focus on one player and not focus on the other two. We gotta focus on every player. I knew it could happen.”

Steve Alford: “We proved that if you can run with this team, you can run with anybody.”

Isaiah Briscoe inside the UCLA defense. (Chet White/UK Athletics)

Isaiah Briscoe inside the UCLA defense. (Chet White/UK Athletics)

Steve Alford was beaming with pride after his UCLA Bruins came into Rupp Arena and beat No. 1 Kentucky 97-92 to break UK’s 42-game home win streak.

“The respect I have for Cal and what he does and the team that he produces is phenomenal. For our guys to come in here and do the things that they did, they’re always learning lessons when you’re in November and early December. The games that you get to play are games that you get to learn a lot. We’ll take this back. It’s a huge win for us,” Alford said.

Calipari: “Sometimes you need to get hit on the chin, especially at home.”

Here is the opening statement John Calipari had at his postgame press conference today after Kentucky’s loss to UCLA in Rupp Arena that ended a 42-game home win streak.

“First of all, you’ve got to give UCLA credit and what they did. I mean, what Leaf did, he basically dominated the game. We had no one, unless I was going to go big lineup, which we haven’t done a whole lot, which shows me maybe we have to be prepared for that. But he killed us. Straight line drives, rebounds, making shots. We left him a couple times. He played,” said Calipari.

UCLA-UK postgame notes, numbers

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
UCLA at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 3, 2016
Attendance: 23,976 (season high)  

Final Score: No. 11/9 UCLA 97, No. 1/1 Kentucky 92
                                                              

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky is 7-1. UCLA is 9-0
Kentucky leads the series 7-6, but UCLA has won the last two
Kentucky ends its two-game homestand Wednesday against Valparaiso. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 8 p.m. ET

In the First Half

Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the second game in a row and third time this season
UCLA scored the first two baskets, prompting a Kentucky timeout at the 18:40 mark
Trailing 7-3, UK went on an 11-0 run for a 14-7 lead
Amid the run, Derek Willis made a 3-pointer at the 15:37 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak to 983 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.
Behind 41-37, UCLA regained the lead with a 7-0 spurt and never trailed again
The Bruins led 49-45 at halftime. It is the first time this season that the Wildcats have been behind at intermission

In the Second Half

Ahead 51-47, UCLA had a 9-0 burst to make it 60-47. Including the end of the first half, it capped a 23-6 run for the Bruins
Kentucky got within seven points at 67-60, but UCLA pushed the lead to 14, the largest of the game, at 76-62
Trailing 93-83 with only 43 seconds remaining, Kentucky rallied within three points, 95-92, on a 3-pointer by Willis with nine seconds left 
Bryce Alford closed it out with a pair of foul shots and UCLA prevailed 97-92

Team Notes

Today’s game ended a 42-game home winning streak by Kentucky, the second-longest streak in Rupp Arena history and the second-longest active streak in the nation
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 551-65 (.894) in Rupp Arena  
UK is 124-5 (.961) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari
UCLA’s 97 points the most against Kentucky in the Calipari era
UCLA shot 53 percent from the field. The last opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against UK was Mississippi State on Jan. 12, 2016, although the Wildcats won that game, 80-74
UCLA had 18 turnovers today, the seventh time in eight games that UK’s opponent has had at least 17 miscues
Kentucky is 69-7 (.908) under Calipari as The Associated Press No. 1 team. Calipari is 110-12 (.902) all-time when his team has been ranked in the top spot 
Coach John Calipari has a 669-188 (.781) on-court record, including a 224-48 (.824) mark at UK

Player Notes  

Freshman Malik Monk led all scorers with 24 points, adding a game-high nine assists
It is his fourth 20-point game in a row and fifth of the season
All five of his 20-point games have been at least 23 points
He has reached double figures in all eight games this season 
Freshman De’Aaron Fox finished with 20 points and nine assists 
It is his second 20-point game of the season
He has scored in double figures all eight games this season 
Freshman Bam Adebayo had his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds, career highs in both categories. He also had a career-best four blocked shots
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 12 points. He has scored double digits in all six games he has played, missing two because of injury
Senior Derek Willis had 11 points, his second game in a row with double figures

UCLA stuns No. 1 Kentucky 97-92

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari offered no excuses for his team after it lost 97-92 to undefeated UCLA in Rupp Arena Saturday.

It was the first loss for No. 1 Kentucky and also snapped a 42-game home win streak for the Wildcats.

“They manhandled us. They outfought us,” Calipari said after the game.

At least four Wildcats — Derek Willis, Isaac Humphries, Dominique Hawkins and Sacha Killeya-Jones — were sick this week. That’s one reason Calipari did not have a shootaround before Saturday’s game as UK normally would have had.

But Calipari said that had no impact on the outcome.

No. 17 Kentucky Looks to Extend Winning Streak at No. 7 Louisville

Matthew Mitchell after UK's win over Oklahoma. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell after UK’s win over Oklahoma. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball will look to extend its winning streak to four games on Sunday afternoon as it travels to the Derby City to face No. 7 Louisville in the annual “Battle of the Bluegrass” at the KFC Yum! Center.

The game will be shown live at 2 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra and the WatchESPN app. Now in his 12th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Price’s call of the game on WLAP 630AM.

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Hawkins, Cats ready for up-tempo game

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

From what senior Dominique Hawkins has seen from watching UCLA games and highlights on TV, he knows today’s game with the Bruins should be fun.

“Pretty excited because we know our guard play is pretty fast and we know UCLA’s guard play is pretty fast. So it’s going to be an up-tempo game. It’s going to be fun to watch,” Hawkins said. “I won’t be surprised if it’s a high-scoring game at all.”

The UK senior says UCLA is “crazy athletic” and has good shooters.

UK signee Alexander has 21 points; Duke signee Trent has 36

By LARRY VAUGHT

BENTON — He knew a lot of Kentucky fans were watching what he could do, so Chattanooga Hamilton Heights guard Shai Alexander wanted to show UK fans what a future Wildcat could do.

He had 21 points on 8-for-19 shooting from the field, six rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes of play here Saturday in a 72-62 loss to Prolific Prep (California) in the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Alexander said. “I just wish we could have won.”

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