Kentucky-Northern Kentucky Postgame Notes

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky – NCAA Tournament First Round
March 17, 2017, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,269


Final Score: No. 2-seed Kentucky 79, No. 15-seed Northern Kentucky 70

                                                              

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky has won 12 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season -- and is 30-5 overall.
o UK’s winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind only Wichita State (16) – the Wildcats’ second-round opponent  
UK head coach John Calipari led a team to a 30-win season for the 10th time in his career.
o Calipari has led UK to four 30-win seasons.
Northern Kentucky finished the season 24-11.
Kentucky leads all-time series 2-0.
Next for the Wildcats: UK will play Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament second round on Sunday. Tipoff time is approximately 2:40 p.m. ET on CBS. 

NCAA Tournament Notes

Kentucky made its national-record 56th NCAA Tournament.
UK owns a 122-49 record all-time in NCAA action. 
Kentucky is 46-10 in tournament openers and has won 24 of its last 25 first-round tournament games.  
o UK has won seven NCAA Tournament openers in a row, all under Calipari.
Kentucky is 24-5 in NCAA Tournament games under Calipari. 
In Calipari’s seven NCAA Tournament appearances with Kentucky, the Wildcats have reached the second round every time.
Kentucky is a No. 2 seed for the seventh time. UK improved to 7-0 as a No. 2 seed against a No. 15 seed.
Kentucky’s men’s and women’s basketball teams won NCAA Tournament games on the same day for the fifth time in school history.
o The previous dates were …
March 20, 2010
March 19, 2011
March 17 and 25, 2012

In the First Half

Kentucky’s starting lineup featured De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis for the fifth game in a row.
o Kentucky improved to 9-0 with that lineup.
o Adebayo is the only Wildcat to have started all 35 games of the season.
Willis swished a 3-pointer with 16:19 left, continuing UK’s streak of 1,010 games with at least one triple. 
Kentucky got out to an 11-point lead 23-12 at the 10:58 mark.
o NKU used a 9-0 run over 3:56 to close the gap to two, 32-2 at the 6:51 mark.
o Fox scored two straight baskets to stop that run.
Stretched over 2:25 after Fox’s made jumper to stop NKU’s run, Kentucky countered with at 12-0 run of its own – making six of six field goals to stretch its leads to 35-21 at the under-four media timeout (3:47).

In the Second Half

Kentucky started the second half on a 6-2 run to open up its largest lead, 18 points, at the 17:30 mark.
NKU got as close as eight points late in the game, but never any closer than that. 

Team Notes

Northern Kentucky scored 70 points. UK is 20-0 this season when opponents score 72 or fewer points.
NKU shot 35.6 percent from the field. UK is 18-0 this season when the opponent shoots less than 43 percent.
o NKU’s 73 attempts tied Arizona State for most by a UK opponent this year. 
o NKU’s 32 attempted 3-pointers were the most by a UK opponent this season. 
Kentucky shot 44.3 percent from the field. 
o UK is 28-1 this season when shooting at least 42 percent.
Kentucky’s three made 3s were tied with the Alabama game on Feb. 11 for second-fewest triples this year. UK made one at Vanderbilt on Jan. 10.
UK controlled the rebounding 46-40, leading to a 14-8 advantage in second-chance points.
UK is 213-4 (.982) under Coach John Calipari in games that the Wildcats have led by at least 10 points.
Calipari has a 692-192 (.783) on-court record, including a 247-52 (.826) mark at UK.

Player Notes  

Freshman De’Aaron Fox led the Wildcats with 19 points. 
Fox led Kentucky in scoring for the fourth straight game.
He blocked a career-high two shots.
Freshman Bam Adebayo had his seventh double-double of the year – 15 points, 18 rebounds.
He beat his previous career-high for rebounds by three (15 at Missouri, and vs. Florida in back-to-back games.
His 18 rebounds were the most by a Wildcat in a NCAA Tournament game during the Calipari era, and third most ever by a Wildcat in a NCAA Tournament game. 
The only two Wildcats to grab more rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game were Jerry Bird (24 in 1956) and Bill Spivey (21 in 1951).
He has two double-doubles in the last four games, and four in the last eight.
He is averaging a double-double during UK’s 12-game winning streak (13.8 points, 10.5 rebounds). 
With three dunks he now has 94 on the season. He passed Anthony Davis for most dunks in a season by a Wildcat during the Calipari era (Davis’ record was 92).
Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe was two rebounds shy of a double-double as he scored 17 and grabbed eight boards.
He blocked a career-high two shots. 
Freshman Malik Monk tallied 12 points. 
He reached double-figures for the third game in a row, and has scored in double digits in 33 of 35 games this year.
Senior Derek Willis scored eight points.
He blocked three shots, tied for the second most he’s blocked in a game this year.
He has 16 blocks over the last six games.
He tied his season high with two steals. 
Senior Dominique Hawkins scored seven points.
It was tied for the fifth most points he has scored this season.