FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 69, Louisville 62
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is 13-1 and Louisville is 12-2.
- Kentucky leads the series 29-14 and has won three in a row.
- UK is 170-73 all-time against teams currently comprising the Big East Conference, including 2-0 this season.
- Coach John Calipari is 9-5 in games against Louisville, including 3-0 as head coach of the Wildcats.
- UK is 13-4 all-time when playing on New Yearâ€™s Eve.
- Kentucky returns to action Tuesday against Arkansas-Little Rock. The game will be played in Freedom Hall in Louisville at 7 p.m.
- Kentucky started with the lineup of Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Darius Miller and Anthony Davis for the fifth time this season, including the fourth-straight game. UK is 5-0 when starting this lineup.
- Louisville got the gameâ€™s first basket. UK took the lead on a 3-pointer by Miller with 19:10 on the clock and the Wildcats never trailed again.
- Kentucky entered the 1-and-1 with 14:28 remaining in the first half as Lamb sank both ends for a 12-8 UK lead. UK reached the double bonus with 10:09 left.
- Louisville entered the bonus with 11:32 remaining on a UK offensive foul.
- UK had only one two-point basket, a tip-in by Kidd-Gilchrist, in the first 14:30 of the game. Lamb broke the spell with a basket and foul shot at the 5:30 mark.
- UKâ€™s biggest lead of the half was 15 points at 31-16 at 5:09 on the clock. Louisville rallied with a 13-0 run during a span of 2:18 to cut the lead to 31-29.
- UK hung on to lead at halftime 36-33 as Kidd-Gilchrist led all players with 16 points and nine rebounds.
- The teams combined for 28 fouls in the first half â€“ U of L 15, UK 13.
- Lamb and Teague had three fouls for UK while Chane Behanan and Rakeem Buckles had three for Louisville.
- UK shot 23 foul shots in the first half, most in a first half this season. UK made 17.
- U of L made 10 of 14 from the foul line in the first half.
- Louisville tied the game at 40 with 15:23 on the clock on a four-point play by Russ Smith.
- Kentucky entered the 1-and-1 with 14:56 to play. UK reclaimed the lead when Kidd-Gilchrist made the second of two free throws.
- The foul shot started a 7-0 run, followed by a Kidd-Gilchrist layup and four foul shots by Davis, giving UK a 47-40 lead.
- UK stretched the lead to as many as 13 points on two occasions late in the game.
- The teams combined for 52 fouls (U of L 29, UK 23) and 70 total foul shots.
- UK made 32 of 43 at the foul line, season highs in both categories.
- UK has had its three most prolific free-throw performances in the last three games, totaling 87 of 113 from the foul line vs. Loyola, Lamar and Louisville.
- Kentucky grabbed 20 offensive rebounds, leading to a 20-6 advantage in second-chance points.
- UK limited Louisville to 32.3 percent field-goal shooting, 20 of 62. The Wildcats came into the game leading the nation in field goal percentage defense (35.2).
- UK forced its 10th shot-clock violation of the season, matching the total for all of the 2010-11 season.
- UK is 59-1 under Calipari when the opponent scores 67 or fewer points.
- The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to 44 games, the longest active streak in the nation. The run includes the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and the last 43 games at Rupp Arena.
- UK is a perfect 43-0 under Calipari at Rupp Arena, the longest win streak in venue history.
- UK owns a 469-60 all-time record in Rupp Arena.
- Since the 2000 season, Calipari-coached teams have posted a 197-19 record at home.
- In its 109th season of basketball, Kentucky is the NCAAâ€™s all-time wins leader with 2,065 wins.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist set career highs with 24 points and 19 rebounds.
- His second double-double of the season, also vs. North Carolina.
- Has scored double figures in seven-straight games.
- Also had career bests with 8 of 13 at the foul line.
- Named the gameâ€™s Most Valuable Player by the Bluegrass Sports Commission.
- Kidd-Gilchristâ€™s 19 rebounds is a UK-U of L series record.
- Anthony Davis totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds.
- Davis has seven double-doubles this season, and three consecutively. The last Wildcat with three straight double-doubles was DeMarcus Cousins when he had seven in a row in 2010.
- Davis blocked six shots. He has blocked at least three shots in five-straight games and leads the SEC with 4.5 per blocks game.
- Set career highs with 12 of 13 free throws.
- Terrence Jones continues to recover from his dislocated left pinkie finger but still managed to claim a season-high 11 rebounds.
- First double-digit rebounding game since the Final Four vs. UConn.