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Postgame notes from Kentucky’s 87-74 win at Ole Miss


Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel (3) leaps behind teammate Kyle Wiltjer (33) as he blocks a shot by Mississippi forward Murphy Holloway (31) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Oxford, Miss. Kentucky won 87-74. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel (3) leaps behind teammate Kyle Wiltjer (33) as he blocks a shot by Mississippi forward Murphy Holloway (31) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Oxford, Miss. Kentucky won 87-74. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

–Kentucky improves to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in SEC action. Ole Miss suffers its first loss in SEC play and drops to 17-3 overall and 6-1 in league play. 

–The win is the 100th in the series for Kentucky over Ole Miss and UK improves to 100-13 all-time in the series. Today’s win snaps a two-game losing streak in Oxford with the last victory coming during the 2006-07 season.

–UK improves to 62-22 all-time when game is played in the state of Mississippi.

–The win is the first over a top-25 ranked opponent this season.

–Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 2 when UK travels to College Station, Texas, for a rematch with Texas A&M. Game is slated for a 6 p.m. ET tip and set to air live on ESPN.

Team Game Notes

–UK used the starting combination of Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow, Julius Mays, Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress for the fifth time this season. That starting combination is now is 4-1 when starting that lineup.

–Alex Poythress opened the scoring for UK and it’s the fifth time this season he’s scored first for the Cats.

–Kyle Wiltjer was the first sub off the bench for the Blue and White. He has been the first sub a team-leading seven times this season.

–Wiltjer connected on Kentucky’s first 3-point attempt of the game at the 10:58-minute mark of the first half to extend UK’s 3-point streak to 847 consecutive games which is a standard that ranks as the third longest such streak in the nation.

–UK went on a 22-12 run to open the second half to take a 59-50 lead with 14:23 remaining in the second half.

–Kentucky led by as many as 17 in the second half before the Rebels put together a 16-0 run over a six-minute span to pull to within one at 73-71 before Ryan Harrow connected on a 3-point basket with 4:05 to play for UK’s first field goal since the 10:18 mark of the half.

–Kentucky then ended the second half on a 14-2 run to seal the first win over a top-25 ranked team this season.

–Nerlens Noel set a new single-game school record with 12 blocked shots. Andre Riddick held the previous record with nine swats vs. LSU on March 13, 1993.

–With Kyle Wiltjer (26) and Archie Goodwin (22) both reaching 20-point scoring figures it marks the first time since two players did so since Goodwin teamed with Alex Poythress to achieve the feat against LIU Brooklyn earlier this season.

Individual Player Notes

#3 Nerlens Noel
–Registered his team-leading fifth charge drawn of the season in the second half.
–Has logged six or more rebounds in every game this season.
–Set a career-high with 12 blocks and now has six or more in six-straight games. The 12 rejections is a single-game high in UK history.
–Five of his school-record blocks game after drawing his fourth foul.

#10 Archie Goodwin
–Tallied double-figure scoring in 16-of-20 games this season with 24 in tonight’s game. It is his first 20-point effort since scoring 22 at Louisville.
–Has made multiple free throws in 10 consecutive games. Tonight’s total of 12 matched a career-high total which he also achieved against Morehead State.
–Dished out four assists which totaled the most in SEC play this season and the most since passing out four in a win over Lipscomb.

#12 Ryan Harrow
–Scored in double-figures in 10 of his last 11 games with 13 points.

#22 Alex Poythress
–Turned in a traditional three-point play at the 18:46 mark in the second half which was his fourth of the season.
–Reached double-figure scoring for the fifth time in his last six games with 15 points in tonight’s game.

#33 Kyle Wiltjer
-Scored in double-figures for the fourth time in the last five games with a career-high 26 points.
–Has hit multiple 3-pointers in three of his last five games with five in tonight’s game.
–Notched his fourth career dunk when he scored his 26
th point of the game which resulted in a new career-high tally.

#34 Julius Mays
–Pulled in a career-high seven rebounds and has now garnered three or more boards in four-straight games.
–Has connected on at least one 3-point attempt in nine-consecutive outings.

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  1. Gene T

    Good Job Guys, Now we should get some votes for the top 25. Being in the top 25 is not as important than to secure a NCAA birth. Keep playing hard and who knows where BBN will be in the NCAA. We are all behind you 100%

    1. larryvaught

      Probably need to win about four in row to get any top 25 votes. TExas A&M a must win to take full advantage of beating Ole Miss

      1. Jim Boyers

        I would be beyond shocked if 4 in a row got us votes, based on who we play.

        6 in a row would include a win over Flori-duh and would definitely earn us a spot in the top 25.

        I’m listening to you guys on The Leach Report right now. Since when are you on Wednesdays?

  2. Jim Boyers

    I think BBN can finally start to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Last week I thought the light was going to be a train bearing down on us, but last night made me think that it just might be the lights of an NCAA tourney venue.

  3. John4uk

    two great parts to this game.first.UK taking a 17 point lead,then losing it,and second,after losing the lead of 17.UK put the stop to OL Miss and won by 13.This showed a lot of grit,and showed these guys they can battle through adversity on the road and pull out a big win.

  4. bryan mceuen

    We pass the first hurdle of the week and now we have even more of a must win game saturday. Hopefully this will care over in which i think it will. Go cats!!!

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