Kentucky-South Carolina Postgame Notes

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 22/21 Kentucky at RV/No. 20 South Carolina
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
Feb. 13, 2016
Attendance: 18,000


Final Score: Kentucky 89, South Carolina 62

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky has won three in a row and is now 19-6 on the season. The Wildcats are 9-3 in Southeastern Conference action, preserving at least a tie for the league lead. 
South Carolina is 21-4 overall, 8-4 in SEC play. 
Kentucky leads the all-time series 50-11 and has won three in a row.
Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Tennessee on Thursday at 7 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 third straight game.
Willis opened the game with a 3-pointer, extending Kentucky’s streak of 964 consecutive games with at least one long ball.
UK was ahead 5-2 when Coach John Calipari received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game with 17:34 remaining in the first half.
South Carolina had one-point leads at 8-7 and 10-9.  UK took the lead for good with a Briscoe layup at the 13:22 mark, going ahead 11-10. 
UK had no huge runs in the first half but gradually build an 18-point lead and went to intermission ahead 42-27. It was USC’s largest halftime deficit of the season.
Kentucky is now 17-3 when owning a halftime advantage. 

In the Second Half

South Carolina hit a pair of foul shots on the first possession to pull within 42-29. The Gamecocks got no closer the rest of the way.
The Wildcats led by as many as 34 points at 77-43.

Team Notes

UK’s current three-game win streak has an average margin of victory of 26.7 points.
UK scored a season-high 89 points.
Kentucky made 11 3-pointers. The Wildcats have made at least 10 threes in each of the last three games and are 4-0 this season (also vs. Louisville) when making double-digit threes.
UK limited South Carolina to 62 points. UK is 130-5 (.963) under Calipari when holding the opponent to 63 or fewer points. 
UK held USC to 32.7 percent shooting. UK is 10-0 this season when keeping the opponent under 38 percent from the field.
UK won points off turnovers 22-10 and won points in the paint 34-20.
Calipari has a 654-184 (.780) all-time record, including a 209-44 (.826) mark at Kentucky.

Player Notes  

Sophomore Tyler Ulis set career highs with 27 points and 12 assists.
He is the first player in Kentucky history with two 20-point, 10-assist games. His previous 20-point, 10-assist game came earlier this season vs. Ole Miss.
It is his fourth career double-double, second in the last three games.
It is his 11th 20-point game of the season.
He made four 3-pointers, tying his career high.
His 12 assists came with only one turnover in 36 minutes of action.
He is the first Wildcat in school history with at least four assists in 18 consecutive games (single game assists available since the 1972-73 season).
Freshman Jamal Murray had 26 points.
It is his 10th game this season with at least 20 points, his fourth game in a row.
It is his 23rd consecutive double-figure scoring game.
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 25 collegiate games.
His 25 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.
Junior Marcus Lee 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
It is his third double-double of the season, first since the Illinois State game on Nov. 30. 
It is his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season, first since the Ole Miss game on Jan. 2.
Freshman Isaiah Briscoe had 10 points, his 13th double-figure game of the season.
Junior Derek Willis notched nine points, coming on three 3-point shots.
It is his 10th consecutive game with at least one triple and fourth-straight game with at least two 3-pointers.