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Postgame notes from Kentucky’s 88-56 win over Samford


UK's Willie Cauley-Stein scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win over Samford Tuesday. (Clay Jackson photo)

UK’s Willie Cauley-Stein scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win over Samford Tuesday. (Clay Jackson photo)

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 5-3 on the season and Samford is 2-8.
  • Kentucky leads the series 2-0, with both games in Lexington.
    • UK is now 20-0 all-time against teams from the current alignment of the Southern Conference.
  • UK continues its five-game homestand Saturday against Portland. The game will be at noon and will be televised on ESPN2.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays, Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer and Nerlens Noel for the seventh-consecutive game.
  • Alex Poythress opened the scoring with a 3-pointer from the right corner, the second time this season that UK got a three for the first basket.
  • Kentucky scored the game’s first seven points, keeping Samford off the board until 15:37 when Tim Williams tallied.
  • Kyle Wiltjer notched a five-point play with 5:20 remaining in the first half. Wiltjer scored a basket and was fouled, followed by Samford coach Bennie Seltzer being assessed a technical foul. Wiltjer made both free throws on the technical, then made the free throw on the regular foul to complete the five-point play.
  • UK had runs of 11-0 and 12-0 in the first half.
  • The Wildcats went to intermission ahead 45-14, UK’s largest halftime lead of the season.
  • UK is 5-0 this season when leading at halftime.

Second-Half Story

  • Samford scored the first nine points of the second half to make it 45-23. That was as close as the Bulldogs got as the Wildcats coasted to the victory.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky shot 55.7 percent from the field, the fourth time the Wildcats have made at least half their shots.
  • Six Wildcats scored in double figures, first time that has happened since the 2012 NCAA Tournament vs. Indiana.
  • Kentucky used its size advantage to win points in the paint, 46-26.
  • UK turned 17 Samford turnovers into 28 points.
  • UK won bench points 21-5 and fast-break points 17-2.

Individual Notes

  • Archie Goodwin led all scorers with 18 points, adding four assists and a season-high three steals.
  • Goodwin has at least four assists in five-straight games.
  • Alex Poythress scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
    • He is now shooting 68.5 percent on the season.
  • Nerlens Noel tallied 13 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.
    • Noel has at least six rebounds in every game this season.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
    • First Kentucky player this season with a double-double
    • Also tied his season high with four blocked shots and had a season-best three steals
  • Julius Mays had 10 points, five assists and three rebounds.
    • Fourth time in the last five games he has scored in double figures
  • Kyle Wiltjer had 10 points and a season-high seven rebounds.
  • Playing in a season-high 21 minutes, Ryan Harrow had a season-high four assists.
  • Jon Hood nailed a pair of 3-point shots, the first multi-three game of his career.
  • Jarrod Polson had a career-high four assists and tied his career-best for steals with two.

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  1. Larry Pup

    How about Hood three point shooting.

  2. LindaS

    How about Hood, that was super! So happy to see him in there. I like these guys, the will get there!

    1. Anonymous

      Right on Linda.

  3. eddie

    they beat a cupcake team

    1. Larry Pup

      Yeah eddie, the kind you better beat!

      1. Jim Boyers

        EXACTLY. You absolutely HAVE to beat the crap out of the teams like Samford. If you don’t, you really are one of the “worst UK teams ever” (the opposing coaches words).

        And a big CONGRATS to WCS on his first double-double (the first of many) and his appearance as Star of the Game. He is a very engaging interview.

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