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Postgame notes from Kentucky’s 75-68 loss to Duke


UK's Nerlens Noel plays defense in the loss to Duke. (Victoria Graff photo)

UK’s Nerlens Noel plays defense in the loss to Duke. (Victoria Graff photo)

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky vs. Duke
November 13, 2012
Champion’s Classic
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Ga.

–Duke improves to 2-0 on the season following a 75-68 victory over Kentucky. The Wildcats fall to 1-1 on the year with the loss.
–Despite the loss, Kentucky still leads the overall series by an 11-9 mark. Duke has won seven of the last eight matchups. UK coach John Calipari is now 0-2 against Duke.
–Kentucky’s record against schools comprising the Atlantic Coast Conference drops to 127-62. UK is 1-1 against ACC schools this season. Calipari’s record against the ACC now stands at 18-11.
–Kentucky’s record in the Atlanta area moves to 68-30.
–Tonight’s loss is the first as the No. 3 ranked team under Calipari as UK is now 17-1. Kentucky’s overall record as the No. 3 ranked team stands at 150-33.
–Kentucky returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16 when UK will open its home slate at Rupp Arena vs. Layfatte (Pa.) as a part of the Barclay’s Center Classic. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. ET tip. It begins a stretch of three-consecutive games at home.

Team Game Notes

–UK used the starting combination of Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays, Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Kyle Wiltjer for the first time this season. UK started three freshmen for the second-straight contest.
–Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein was the first sub off of the bench for the Wildcats. It marks the first time in his career he’s been the first sub.
–Kyle Wiltjer connected on Kentucky’s first 3-point attempt of the game in the opening minutes of the first half to extend UK’s 3-point streak to 829 consecutive games which is a mark that ranks as the third longest such streak in the nation.
–UK trailed 33-31 at the half. It is the first time this season it has trailed at the break.
–Kentucky shot 49 percent for game from the field (25-51). UK limited Duke to a 45.6 (26-57) field goal percentage. UK has now out-shot its opponent in both games this season.
–The Wildcats shot 4-10 (.400) from the 3-point line. UK has notched a percentage of 40 or better in both games this season.

Individual Player Notes

#3 Nerlens Noel

–Logged a career-high 16 points, topping the career mark in the first half with eight opening-half tallies. His previous high was four vs. Maryland.
–He scored in double-figures for the first time in his career.
–Connected on a career-high 6-of-8 free throws.
–Has posted two or more steals and at least one block in both of his two career games. He had four swipes and three rejections tonight.
–Led the Wildcats with eight rebounds. He has paced the Wildcats on the boards in both games this season.
–Played in a career-high 38 minutes which ranked as the most on the squad.

#12 Archie Goodwin
–Matched a career high with 16 points.
–Became the eighth freshmen under John Calipari to score in double-figures in his opening two career games.
–Had a career-high six rebounds.
–Led the team with four assists.
–Made at least one 3-pointer in both of his two career games.

#22 Alex Poythress

–Posted a career-high 20 points to lead all Wildcat scorers. He is the first UK player to score at least 20 points this season.
–Scored in double-figures for the first time in his career and reached that milestone with 10 in the opening stanza.
–Made his first career 3-pointer to bring UK within three at 29-26 in the first half.
–Led the Wildcats with eight rebounds. It is the first time this season he has led the team in rebounding. Five of those boards came on the offensive glass.

#33 Kyle Wiltjer

–Set a new career-high with a team-best four assists.
–Has hit at least one 3-point shot in six of his last seven games played including both games this season.
–Recorded his first-career dunk in the second half to bring the Cats within 10 at 58-48.

#34 Julius Mays

–Has hit at least one 3-pointer in both career games at Kentucky.
–Tallied seven points in both of UK’s games this season.
–Had five-straight points to pull UK within 64-59 late in the second half.

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  1. Larry T Clemons

    Duke hit 3s, we didn’t…..But, I saw ” Awesomeness ” in Our Young Cat’s…We’ll see you, DUKE and Indiana, in March …Just beat Louisville…..please.

    1. LindaS

      Amen, Larry T Clemons, beat that ‘other’ school and little slick quick rick.

  2. Larry Pup

    I don’t know why UK didn’t go inside more with the ball at around the 9 min. mark to try and draw that 5th foul on Plumlee. Duke’s other big man was in foul trouble too. Goodwin’s drives to the basket should have started much sooner than they did. I thought Duke’s defense was pretty effective against the CATS. It was to little to late. With that said, UK wil be fine come next March. Duke was a veteran team. UK hung in ther pretty good. I hope we get another shot at em later.

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