Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Notes From Kentucky's Painful 74-73 Win Over Texas A&M

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
TEXAS A&M AT KENTUCKY 
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
JAN. 9, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 22,643

Final Score: #21/20 Kentucky 74, Texas A&M 73
Team Records and Series Notes
  • Kentucky is 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M is 11-5 overall, 0-4 in league play.  
  • Kentucky leads the series 9-3 and has won four in a row vs. the Aggies.
    • UK leads the series 5-2 in Lexington.  
  • Kentucky begins a two-game road swing Saturday at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST in Nashville). The game will be televised on ESPN.   

In the First Half
  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the third time this season. UK is 3-0 with this lineup.
  • Kentucky extended its streak of 1,029 consecutive games with a 3-pointer when Washington hit a long ball at the 17-minute mark. 
  • Texas A&M came out hot, making 8 of the first 10 shots for an 18-14 lead. But, the Aggies missed their next six field goals and UK went on a 12-2 run for a 26-20 Wildcat advantage.
  • UK went cold at that point, going over seven minutes without a field goal, but the Cats’ defense and foul shots kept them in the game.
  • Knox swished a 3-pointer with eight seconds left to send UK to intermission with a 37-35 lead.
  • Gilgeous-Alexander led the Wildcats with 12 points, most he has scored this season in the first half. 
  • UK is 9-1 this season when leading at halftime.

In the Second Half
  • Tied at 67 with 2:44 remaining, Washington was involved with UK’s next six points:
    • A steal by Washington led to a fast-break layup by Knox.
    • A TAMU turnover was followed by a Washington foul shot. 
    • Two TAMU missed foul shots prefaced a Washington driving layup for a 72-67 lead with 58 seconds remaining.
    • Ahead 72-69 with 37 seconds left, Washington got a rebound and hit a free throw.
  • Ahead 73-71 with 15.9 seconds left, Knox hit a free throw.
  • TAMU got a tip-in with five seconds left to make it 74-73.  
  • UK missed two foul shots, but a long Aggie pass went out of bounds at the buzzer as UK held on to win. 

Team Notes
  • It was a close game throughout, featuring 14 ties and 12 lead changes, and six points was the widest margin for either team during the game.
  • UK shot 55.8 percent from the field, making 24 of 43.  
    • UK is 6-0 this season when making at least 50 percent, 10-0 when making at least 46.4 percent.
  • UK outrebounded Texas A&M 28-27.  The Wildcats are 12-0 this season when winning the battle of the boards. 
  • UK had only 12 turnovers tonight.  The Cats are 6-0 this season when committing 12 or fewer miscues. 
  • UK has won a pair of one-possession games in the last week, 74-71 at LSU and 74-73 tonight.
  • UK is 41-8 under Coach John Calipari in bounce-back games after losses, including 3-0 this season.
  • Kentucky has won 16 in a row in Rupp Arena.

Player Notes  
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander notched 16 points and a career-high seven rebounds.
    • Had five assists tonight and has had at least four in six straight games.
  • Hamidou Diallo led the Wildcats with 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half. 
    • Scored 10 in a row early in the second half.
  • PJ Washington had 16 points, his third straight game in double figures. 
    • With the game tied at 67, Washington was involved with the next six points – a steal which led to a Knox layup, a free throw, a driving layup and a free throw.
  • Kevin Knox tallied 15 points, making all five field goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers.
  • Wenyen Gabriel only points came on a 3-pointer.  He’s made at least one 3-pointer in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak for any UK player this season.
  • Quade Green and Tai Wynyard missed the game because of injury.

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has a 707-196 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari is now 262-56 at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 145-6 at Rupp Arena, including 127-3 against unranked opponents.
  • Calipari is 8-2 vs. Texas A&M in his career.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Notes From Kentucky's Loss To Tennessee

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE
THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA | KNOXVILLE, TENN.
JAN. 6, 2018ATTENDANCE: 21,678

Final Score: #23/22 Tennessee 76, #17/14 Kentucky 65
               
Team Records and Series Notes
·        Kentucky is 12-3 and had a three game winning streak snapped. Tennessee is 10-4. UK is 2-1 in the SEC. UT improved to 1-2 in the league.
·        Kentucky leads the series 153-70, and 54-51 in Knoxville.
o   Tennessee has won four of the last five in Knoxville and three in a row.
·        Kentucky’s returns to Rupp Arena on Tuesday vs. Texas A&M, Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

In the First Half
·        Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the 13th time this season. UK is 9-3 with this lineup.
·        Wenyen Gabriel hit a 3-pointer with 12:20 remaining, giving Kentucky 1,028 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
·        UK’s largest lead was by nine, 24-15, at the 7:51 mark.
o   From there UT used a 12-4 run over 3:35 to close within a point at 28-27 with 3:33 to play.
·        Tennessee got no closer than within one, as Green hit a 3 and then a layup on consecutive possessions to extend UK’s lead.
·        Green catalyzed a 9-2 UK run over the last 2:55. The Wildcats held the Vols scoreless over the last 2:13.
·        This was the first game Kentucky lost this season after leading at halftime.

In the Second Half
·        Tennessee outscored Kentucky 13-4 over the first 2:32 of the second half to take a 42-41 lead, its first since early in the first half.
·        Tennessee went on a 10-0 run over 2:45 to take a 54-47 lead at the 11:12 mark.
o   At that point UT had outscored UK 25-10 to start the second half.
·        Tennessee led by as many as 11 at the 6:18 mark.
·        Tennessee outscored Kentucky 47-28 in the second half.

Team Notes
·        Tennessee made 12 of 25 3-pointers. UK had limited its last three opponents to 11 of 70 from 3-point range.
·        Kentucky grabbed a season-low 30 rebounds.
o   Kentucky entered the game with a plus-6 rebounds per game advantage on its opponents’ average (39.9-33.7). Tennessee won rebounding 37-30.
·        Kentucky committed 23 fouls tying for the most it’s been charged with in a game this season (vs. Georgia on Dec. 31, 2017).
·        Kentucky attempted a season-low 52 field goals.
o   Tennessee’s 55 field-goal-attempts tied Virginia Tech for fewest by a UK opponent this season.
·        Kentucky’s 65 points were its second fewest this season.
·        Tennessee’s 76 points were the third most UK has allowed in a game this season.
·        Tennessee went 18 of 22 from the free-throw line. Both outputs were season highs by a UK opponent.
·        Tennessee’s 23 assists were the most by a UK opponent this year.

Player Notes  
·        Quade Green led UK with 14 points. He added four assists while playing a career-high 33 minutes.
·        He tied his career high with three made 3s.
·        He attempted a season-high 14 field goals and seven 3-pointers.
·        PJ Washington scored 13 points in 23 minutes. He had leg cramps and did not play after the 12:33 mark of the second half.
·        He was 6 of 8 from the field.
·        He had a career-high three steals.
·        He also blocked two shots.
·        He scored a game-high 11 first-half points. It was his third game scoring 10 or more in a first half, and the second most he’s scored in a first half (he scored 16 vs. Monmouth).
·        Wenyen Gabriel was the other Wildcat to finish in double-figures scoring. He finished with 11 points, including a career-high-tying three made 3s, but he fouled out at the 11:58 mark.
·        He’s made at least one 3-pointer in seven-consecutive games, the longest such streak for any UK player this season.
·        Nick Richards scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds.
·        It was his best output since scoring 10 against Monmouth on Dec. 9, 2017.
·        Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played a career- and game-high 38 minutes.
·        His six assists were a game high, and his second most in a game this year (9 vs. Monmouth).

Coach John Calipari
·        Calipari has a 706-196 all-time on-court record.
·        Calipari is now 261-56 at Kentucky.
·        Calipari is 14-8 vs. Tennessee in his career.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Notes From Kentucky's 74-71 Win Over LSU

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY AT LSU
PETE MARAVICH ASSEMBLY CENTER | BATON ROUGE, LA.
JAN. 3, 2018ATTENDANCE: 11,952

Final Score: #17/14 Kentucky 74, LSU 71
                                                             
Team Records and Series Notes
·         Kentucky is 12-2 and has won three in a row. LSU is 9-4. UK is 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference. This was LSU’s league opener.
·         Kentucky leads the series 89-26 and has won three in a row vs. LSU.

o    UK leads the series 31-18 in Baton Rouge.
·         Kentucky’s next game will be another SEC road trip, this time to Tennessee for a 9 p.m. ET matchup on Saturday. SEC Network will televise the game.

In the First Half
·         Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the 12th time this season. UK is 9-2 with this lineup.
·         Kentucky race out to a 7-0 lead

o    Knox connected on a 3-pointer with 17:47 remaining, giving Kentucky 1,027 consecutive games with a 3-pointer
·         LSU used a 7-0 run over 1:10 to take its first lead 20-18 at the 8:35 mark
·         LSU outscored UK 13-6 over the last 6:10 of the first half
·         Knox grabbed eight rebounds, tying Wenyen Gabriel’s output from the last game (vs. Georgia) for the best rebounding first half of any Wildcat this season
o    Knox scored 10 first-half points

·         It was the fourth time he’s scored 10 or more in the first half, but the first time he’s done so since Dec. 2 vs. Harvard

·         UK did not attempt a free throw in the first half

o    That was the first time UK failed to shoot a free throw in a half since an 88-79 win at Florida on March 1, 2016. Remarkably, Kentucky shot 32 free throws in the second half of that game

o    UK had shot a combined 33 free throws (16 per half) in each of its previous two first halves

·         UK improved to 4-2 this season when trailing at halftime.

In the Second Half
·         Kentucky used a 7-0 run over 1:30 to regain the lead, 43-42 at the 15:11 mark
o    Stretched over 1:48 it was a 9-0 run, which finished with UK leading 45-42
·         Washington had three dunks over 2:44 of play finishing at the 11:16 mark helping UK take a 56-52 lead into the under-12 media timeout
·         UK made seven straight field goals between the 15:53 and 11:16 marks
·         LSU used a 9-2 run over 2:57 to take a 65-64 lead at the 3:22 mark, which was the under-4 media timeout
·         Washington and Gilgeous-Alexander combined to score 15 of UK’s last 18 points over the final 11:15 of the game
·         After LSU went 5 of 11 from 3-point range in the first half, UK limited the Tigers to 1 of 13 from 3 in the second half

Team Notes
·         UK outrebounded LSU 35-34. The Wildcats have tied or outrebounded the opponent in 12 of 14 games this season.
o    UK’s 35 rebounds were its second fewest in a game this year (33 vs. Virginia Tech)
·         UK attempted a season-low 13 free throws
o    UK’s seven made free throws were its second fewest in a game this season
·         LSU’s 71 points were the fifth most by a UK opponent this season
·         LSU made 29 field goals. Only Virginia Tech (32) has made more vs. UK this year

Player Notes  
·         Kevin Knox notched his team-leading second double-double of the season
·         He scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds
·         The 11 rebounds were a career high
·         He has scored in double figures in all but three games this year, but had not reached 10 points in the previous two games

·         PJ Washington finished with 18 points, two off his career high
·         He had two key traditional 3-point plays down the stretch, although he missed the free throw on the second one

·         Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played the super-sub role again, coming off the bench to tie Washington for the team high in points with 18
·         He finished two points shy of a third-consecutive performance of 20 or more points
·         He finished with four assists, and has assisted at least four in three straight games

·         Wenyen Gabriel tied his career-high with three steals
·         He also pulled down four rebounds, including grabbing a Washington missed free throw late in the game

Coach John Calipari
·         Calipari has a 706-195 all-time on-court record.
·         Calipari is now 261-55 at Kentucky.
·         Calipari is 11-2 vs. LSU  in his career.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Notes From Kentucky's Win Over Georgia

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
GEORGIA AT KENTUCKY 
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
DEC. 31, 2017
ATTENDANCE: 22,682

Final Score: No. 16/15 Kentucky 66, Georgia 61
Team Records and Series Notes
  • Kentucky is 11-2 and has won two in a row. Georgia is 9-3. This was the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.  
  • Kentucky leads the series 125-26 and has won 10 in a row vs. the Bulldogs.
    • UK leads the series 61-5 in Lexington.  
  • Kentucky begins the new year on Wednesday at LSU. Game time is 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CST in Baton Rouge, La.) and it will be televised on the SEC Network.   

In the First Half
  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the 11th time this season. UK is 9-2 with this lineup.
  • Georgia got off to a good start, scoring the first six points of the game.
  • With the Wildcats trailing 10-4, Georgia went scoreless for more than six minutes while UK’s Green scored eight straight points to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 12-10.
    • Green connected on a 3-pointer with 13:40 remaining, giving Kentucky 1,026 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
  • Georgia regained the lead and had its largest advantage at 27-20 before UK scored the last six points of the half. 
  • Green had 13 points in the first half, tying his highest scoring first half of the season (Vermont).
  • Wenyen Gabriel came off the bench to claim eight rebounds, the best rebounding first half of any Wildcat this season. (Originally credited with nine on halftime box, revision came later.)
  • UK is 3-2 this season when trailing at halftime. 

In the Second Half
  • After going 0 of 11 from 3-point range in the first half, Georgia opened the second stanza with two straight long balls to stretch the Bulldog lead to 33-26.  Ironically, it was the only two 3-pointers that Georgia hit all night. 
    • UK has held its last two opponents to 5 of 46 from behind the arc. 
  • The Dogs continued hot, scoring on their first five possessions to go up 39-31.
  • Trailing 42-34, Kentucky gradually worked its way back and got the lead back at 47-46 with eight minutes to play.
  • Again trailing, this time at 53-49, UK’s 7-0 spurt gave the Cats a lead they would not relinquish at 56-53. 
  • Ahead 58-57, UK got a driving layup by Gilgeous-Alexander with 1:56 to go, a 3-pointer by Gabriel at the 1:08 mark, and a foul shot by Gilgeous-Alexander with 37 seconds on the clock to push the cushion to 64-57.  

Team Notes
  • UK held Georgia to 61 points.  UK is 150-5 under Coach John Calipari when the opponent scores 63 or fewer points.
  • UK held Georgia to 39.7 percent from the field.  UK is 6-1 this season when keeping the opponent under 40 percent.
  • UK limited Georgia to 2 of 21 from 3-point range, 9.5 percent.  
    • The last time UK held an opponent to that few 3-pointers was Jan. 21, 2016 at Arkansas, when the Razorbacks made 2 of 12.
    • The last time UK held an opponent under 10 percent from long range was Nov. 13, 2015, when Albany made 7.1 percent (1 of 14).
  • UK outrebounded Georgia 42-38.  The Wildcats have tied or outrebounded the opponent in 11 of 13 games this season.
  • UK won tonight despite shooting a season-low 31.5 percent from the field. 
  • UK made 27 of 38 at the foul line, season highs in both categories. 
  • UK had a season-low nine turnovers. After struggling in that department earlier in the season, UK is averaging just 11.2 miscues over the last four games.
  • Despite the concern about emotional letdown after playing rival Louisville, UK is 11-0 under Coach Calipari in the game immediately following the Cardinals. 
  • Kentucky has won 15 in a row in Rupp Arena.

Player Notes  
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played the super-sub role again, coming off the bench to post game highs with 21 points, four assists and three steals.
    • He had 24 points, four assists and three steals Friday vs. Louisville.
  • Hamidou Diallo had 10 points, his seventh consecutive game in double figures.  He is averaging 17.6 points per game during that stretch. 
    • Diallo also snagged nine rebounds, one shy of his career high.
  • Quade Green carried the offense in the first half and finished with 15 points. It is his eighth double-figure game of the season.
  • Wenyen Gabriel contributed six points and 11 rebounds, his third double-figure board game of the season.

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has a 705-195 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari is now 260-55 at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 144-6 at Rupp Arena, including 126-3 against unranked opponents.
  • Calipari is 15-2 vs. Georgia in his career.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hamidou Diallo Named SEC Freshman of The Week




 Kentucky redshirt freshman Hamidou Diallo was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after helping propel Kentucky to a 93-86 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Diallo filled up the stat sheet for the Wildcats in their best victory of the young season. He scored 20 points, had five rebounds, knocked down a team-high four 3-poiners and corralled three steals.

He was particularly clutch for UK down the stretch. Ahead 75-71, Diallo made a 3-pointer with 4:54 to go to give UK its then-largest lead of the game at 78-71. Then, clinging to an 85-83 advantage, Diallo swished another 3 with 48 second left to keep the visitors at bay. 

His four 3-pointers and three steals were all career highs. He’s posted three consecutive games with at least two steals and four consecutive outings with at least 19 points.

Diallo is averaging 20.3 points over his last four games and made 30 of 56 shots (53.6 percent) during that stretch.

The honor is the first of the Queens, New York, native’s career and the first weekly honor of the season for the Wildcats. It’s the deepest into a season Kentucky has gone without winning an SEC honor in the John Calipari era. UK has won more SEC Freshman of the Week honors and more total SEC weekly awards than any other school during Calipari’s nine seasons.

Diallo and the Cats return to action in the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans on Saturday. UK will take on UCLA at 4 p.m. ET in the Smoothie King Center.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Notes From Kentucky vs. Virginia TECH

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
VIRGINIA TECH AT KENTUCKY 
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
DEC. 16, 2017
ATTENDANCE: 22,690

Final Score: #8/5 KENTUCKY 93, VIRGINIA TECH 86
Team Records and Series Notes
  • Kentucky has won seven in a row and is now 9-1.  Virginia Tech ended a seven-game win streak and is now 9-2.  
  • Kentucky leads the series 4-1, including 2-1 in Lexington.  
  • Next for Kentucky is UCLA as the Wildcats take on the Bruins in the CBS Sports Classic on Sat. Dec. 23 in New Orleans’ Smoothie King Arena.  Game time is 4 p.m. ET and televised on CBS.   

In the First Half
  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the second time, also the season opener vs. Utah Valley.
  • Virginia Tech scored the game’s first five points before the Wildcats came back with nine a row.
  • Diallo connected on a 3-pointer with 16:09 remaining, giving Kentucky 1,023 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
  • Tied at 39, Virginia Tech went on an 8-0 run before UK got the final basket of the half.  Tech went to halftime with a 47-41 lead.
    • It is the most points UK has allowed this season in the first half and UK’s second-largest halftime deficit of the season (trailed by nine in the opener vs. Utah Valley).
  • Kentucky’s seven 3-pointers is the most in a first half this season.
    • UK shot 46 percent from the field in the first half, ending a streak of four straight games at least 50 percent.

In the Second Half
  • Trailing 51-44, Kentucky went on a 10-0 run.
  • Tied at 60, UK went on a 5-0 spurt and never trailed again.   
  • Ahead 75-71, Diallo net nestled a 3-pointer with 4:54 left to give UK its then-largest lead of the game at 78-71. (UK eventually led by eight points as its largest advantage.)
  • Clinging to an 85-83 lead, Diallo swished another 3 with 48 seconds left to keep the visitors at bay.
  • Kentucky made several clutch shots with the game in the balance. Despite the closeness of the game, Tech never had the ball with a chance to tie or go ahead in the final seven minutes of the game.



Team Notes
  • UK scored 93 points for the second game in a row. The last time UK scored 93 at least back-to-back was Jan. 3 and 7, 2017, vs. Texas A&M (100) and Arkansas (97). 
  • Although the Wildcats allowed a season-most 86 points, it is still 10 points below Tech’s nation-best 96.2 points per game.
  • UK won despite Virginia Tech shooting 58.2 percent from the field. It is the second-highest field-goal percentage allowed in the Calipari era.
    • Despite the difficulty of winning when the opponent shoots at least 50 percent, UK is 10-9 in the Calipari era when the opponent makes at least half its field goals.
  • UK committed only 11 turnovers, one off its season best.
  • UK did a great job of converting turnovers into points. Virginia Tech had 19 turnovers and UK turned those into 36 points.  
  • UK made 11 of 22 from 3-point range. Eleven threes is a season high and it is the second game this season that the Wildcats have made at least half of their long-range tries.
  • UK won the rebounding, 33-30, the ninth consecutive game that the Wildcats won or tied the boardwork. 
  • This is the second game in a row that two Wildcats scored at least 20 points.

Player Notes  
  • Coming off his only single-digit scoring performance of the year, Kevin Knox bounced back with a game-high 21 points. It is his fourth 20-point game of the season.
  • Hamidou Diallo bucketed 20 points.  It is second-consecutive 20 game and fourth in a row with at least 19.  He is averaging 20.3 over the last four games. 
  • PJ Washington collected 11 points, a career-high five assists and had a crucial blocked shot in the last minute of the game.
  • Quade Green had 17 points and tied his career high for assists with five. 
  • Nick Richards had eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
    • Richards made 3-of-5 field goal attempts today has made at least 60 percent of his shots in seven straight games 
  • Wenyen Gabriel had seven points and led the Wildcats in rebounds with nine.  

Coach John Calipari
  • Calipari has a 703-194 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari is now 258-54 at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 142-6 at Rupp Arena.
  • Calipari is 3-0 vs. Virginia Tech in his career.