Kentucky-Florida Postgame Notes

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Florida at 20/19 Kentucky
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Feb. 6, 2016
Attendance: 24,406

Final Score: Kentucky 80, Florida 61

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky is now 17-6 on the season, 7-3 in Southeastern Conference action. Florida is 15-8 overall, 6-4 in league play. 
Kentucky leads the all-time series 98-37 and has won four in a row.
Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Georgia on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. 

In the First Half

Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Derek Willis and Marcus Lee for the first time this season.
Murray extended UK’s string of 962 games with a 3-pointer when he connected with 18:54 on the clock, giving the Wildcats a 5-2 lead. 
An early 8-0 run gave UK a 10-2 lead, forcing a Florida timeout with 18:03 left in the half. UK built the lead to 18-5 and the Gators called another timeout with 16:03 left.
UK eventually completed a 22-3 run to gain a 24-5 advantage.
Another UK run, this one 14-3, gave the Wildcats their biggest bulge of the first half at 42-18.
Florida responded with its own run, an 11-0 spurt that moved the Gators within 13 at 42-29.
UK went to halftime ahead 50-32.
Tied for the most first-half points this season, also 50 vs. EKU.
Seven 3-pointers are most in the first half this season.
Murray scored 20 points in the first half, first time that has happened in the John Calipari era at Kentucky.
Ulis had 15 points, tying his career best for the first half, and the fifth game in a row he had double figures in the opening period.
Kentucky is now 15-3 when owning a halftime advantage. 

In the Second Half

Kentucky began the second half with an 8-0 surge, lifting UK’s biggest lead of the day to 58-32 and prompting Florida to call its final timeout with 18:10 on the clock.
The Gators eventually cut the margin to 13 at 74-61, but the visitors got no closer.

Team Notes

Kentucky extended its home-court winning streak to 33 games.
UK is 32-7 under Calipari in bounce-back games after losses. UK has never lost more than two in a row in Calipari’s seven seasons.
Kentucky shot 51.7 percent from the field. 
UK won the rebounding, 37-28. UK has a 16-1 record this season when winning or tying the rebounding but is 1-5 when losing the carom gathering. The rebounding led to a 17-11 advantage in second-chance points.
UK limited Florida to 61 points. The Wildcats are 128-5 under Calipari when holding the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
Calipari has a 652-184 (.780) all-time record, including a 207-44 (.825) mark at Kentucky.
Calipari is 115-4 (.966) in Rupp Arena. Calipari has two of the top-three longest win streaks in Rupp Arena history – 54 by Calipari, 33 by Rick Pitino, 33 by Calipari.

Player Notes  

Freshman Jamal Murray had a career-high 35 points.
Murray is the first player in school history to have two 30-point games in his freshman season. He had 33 vs. Ohio State on Dec. 19.
He is the first player in the Calipari era with two 30-point games in a season, as well as in his career.
Tied Terrence Jones (35 vs. Auburn on Jan. 11, 2011) for the most points in the Cal era.
It is his eighth game this season with at least 20 points.
It is his 21st consecutive double-figure scoring game.
Murray hit eight 3-point shots, his career high and just one shy of the Rupp Arena record of nine by Tony Delk vs. TCU on Jan. 20, 1995. 
The eight 3-pointers ties Eric Bledsoe, vs. East Tennessee State in the NCAA Tournament, for the most 3’s in a single-game in the Calipari era. 
Murray hit 8-of-10 on his 3-point attempts.  The 80 percent mark is the second-best single-game mark in school history with a minimum of eight made.  Bledsoe was 8-of-9 in that contest for 88.9 percent.
He has made at least one 3-point shot in every game this season, the first player in program history to make a triple in each of his first 22 collegiate games.
His 22-consecutive games with a made 3-pointer are the most since Darius Miller made at least one from long range in 25 consecutive games during the 2010-11 season.
Sophomore Tyler Ulis had 18 points and a career-high 11 assists, his third double-double of the season and second of the points/assists variety.
He is the first Wildcat with at least four assists in 16 consecutive games since Roger Harden had 17 in the 1985-86 season.
Junior Derek Willis notched 12 points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. It is his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season.
He has led the team in rebounding in six of the last seven games.
Junior Marcus Lee had four points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. 
Lee made both of his field goal attempts today and is 5-of-5 over the last three games.
Seeing a career-high 15 minutes, freshman Isaac Humphries contributed four points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.