Kentucky-Alabama Postgame Notes

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 9/8 Kentucky at Alabama
Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Jan. 9, 2016
Attendance: 15,383


Final Score: Kentucky 77, Alabama 61

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky is now 12-3 (2-1 Southeastern Conference) on the season and Alabama is 9-5 (0-2 SEC)
Kentucky is 1-2 in true road games this season.
Kentucky leads the all-time series 106-37
Kentucky leads 30-23 in Tuscaloosa.
Kentucky has won two in a row in Tuscaloosa.
Kentucky has won four in a row in the series. 
Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena against Mississippi State on Tuesday at 7 p.m., televised by ESPN.

In the First Half

Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee for the third game in a row, and the fourth time this season.
Poythress scored the first five points of the game.
Poythress and Murray combined to score all of UK's first 27 points. Ulis (6) and junior Mychal Mulder (3) scored nine of UK's 11 pts over the last 3:56 of the half.
Kentucky held Alabama to one assist and only two offensive rebounds in the first half.
Kentucky’s largest first-half lead was 16 at the 1:15 mark.

In the Second Half
Alabama cut the Kentucky lead to six at the 16:43 mark. 
Kentucky outscored Alabama 16-8 over the following 7:33 to open up a 14-point lead, 58-44 with 8:57 to play.
Kentucky opened up the lead to as much as 19 (75-56) with 0:51 to play.

Team Notes
Kentucky extended its streak of 954 consecutive games with at least one 3-point basket when Murray connected from distance at the 15:41 mark in the first half.
Coach John Calipari has a 647-181 (.781) all-time record, including a 202-41 (.831) mark at Kentucky.  
Kentucky is 125-5 (.962) under Coach Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
Kentucky shot 55 percent (28 of 51) from the field, its second best output of the season (56 percent on 28 of 50 vs. Albany on Nov. 13, 2015).
Kentucky made two 3s, tying the Wright State and Illinois State games for the fewest in a game this season.
Kentucky’s nine 3-point field-goal attempts was a season low.
Kentucky’s two steals were the fewest in a game this year.
Alabama attempted 24 3-pointers, tied for the most by a UK opponent this year (Boston U).
Alabama blocked seven shots, tying Ohio State for the second most blocks by a UK opponent this year (Duke – 8).

Player Notes  
Senior Alex Poythress scored a career- high 25 points.
He had 17 in the opening half – the most in his career in a road SEC game.
He made nine free throws, a career high.
Sophomore Tyler Ulis had eight points, eight assists and five rebounds 
He’s the first UK player with at least four assists in eight consecutive games since Marcus Teague in 2011-12.
Freshman Jamal Murray had 21 points and five rebounds.
He’s the first UK freshman since 1972-73 to score at least 20 points in his first two-career SEC road games.
Junior Marcus Lee had eight points and 11 rebounds.
It was the most rebounds he has had since grabbing 12 vs. Illinois State.
Freshman Isaiah Briscoe had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. 
It’s the most points for him since scoring 10 against EKU on Dec. 9.
Junior Mychal Mulder hit a 3-pointer for the second-straight game. He finished with three points and four rebounds.