Kentucky-Tennessee Postgame Notes

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 20/19 Kentucky at Tennessee
Thompson-Boling Arena – Knoxville, Tenn.
Feb. 2, 2016
Attendance:  19,295


Final Score: Tennessee 84, Kentucky 77

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky is now 16-6 (6-3 SEC) on the season. Tennessee is 11-11 (4-5 SEC)
Kentucky lost two games in a row for the first time this season
Kentucky is 4-1 this season in games following losses and 31-7 in the John Calipari era
Kentucky leads the all-time series 151-68
Tennessee snapped Kentucky’s two-game winning streak in the series
Kentucky leads 54-49 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tennessee has won two of the last three in Knoxville 
Next for the Wildcats: UK welcomes Florida to Rupp Arena on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CBS

In the First Half

Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Derek Willis and Alex Poythress for the fifth game in a row
Ulis (six) and Poythress (two) combined to score Kentucky’s first eight points as the Cats jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the first 4:30 of game time
Ulis extended Kentucky’s streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer to 961 when he connected from beyond the arc at the 16:30 mark
Front-court players Poythress, Willis (five) and Skal Labissière (two) combined for 17 of UK's first 25 points (7 of 8 field goals) over the opening 10:05 of action
Kentucky assisted eight of the first 11 made field goals 
UK led by as much as 21 (34-13) at the 5:46 mark
From that point Tennessee outscored Kentucky 23-8 to climb within six at halftime
Kentucky is now 14-3, and has lost two in a row, when owning a halftime advantage 

In the Second Half

Tennessee took its first lead at 56-54 at the 14:09 mark
Kentucky then made 3s for the next two scores to regain the lead at 60-56 with 13:07 to play
Kentucky’s last lead was 63-60 at the 11:30 mark
Tied at 70-70 at the 5:16 mark, Tennessee went on a 6-0 run over the next 0:49 seconds to take a 76-70 lead

Team Notes

UK is 0-4 this year when allowing 80-plus points. UK has allowed 74-plus points in all six losses, and those are the six highest point-totals UK has allowed this year
Tennessee won the rebounding 37-36. UK is 1-5 this year when finishing the game at a rebounding deficit
Tennessee made 30 free throws. UK has allowed a season-high 30 made free throws in two-straight games 
Tennessee’s 34 free-throw attempts was the second most by a UK opponent this year (47 at Kansas)
Tennessee’s .882 free-throw percentage tied Wright State (Nov. 20, 2015) for the best percentage by a UK opponent this year
Tennessee was 30 of 34 compared with Wright State’s 15 of 17
Tennessee shot 42 percent (8 of 19) from 3-point range. That’s the second best percentage by a UK opponent this year (Ohio State .500, 9-18) 
UK has allowed eight or more 3s in each of its last three losses
Kentucky finished with two steals, tying the Alabama (Jan. 9) game for the fewest in a game this year
Tennessee committed eight turnovers, the second fewest by a UK opponent this year (7 at Alabama)
John Calipari has a 651-184 (.780) all-time record, including a 206-44 (.824) mark at Kentucky

Player Notes  

Sophomore Tyler Ulis scored 20 points
He’s scored 20 or more points in five straight games and nine of the last 11
It was Ulis’ 10th 20-point, five-assist game this season, the most at UK since at least 1972-73 (as far back as UK has game-by-game assist records for)
Kyle Macy had seven 20-point, five-assist games in 1979-80 and Jamal Mashburn had seven 20-point, five-assist games in 1992-93
He has had at least four assists in 15 consecutive games, tying him with Dirk Minniefield (1982-83) for the second most in a single season since 1972-73. Roger Harden had 17 straight games with four-plus assists in 1985-1986
He fouled out for the first time in his career
Freshman Jamal Murray had a team-high 21 points, his 20th consecutive double-figure 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 22 collegiate games
He had five assists, tied for his second most in a game this year
The last time he had five assists was against Arizona State on Dec. 12, 2015
He was 4 of 4 from 3-point range, marking the fourth time he has shot 100 percent from 3 when attempting three or more shots
Senior Alex Poythress scored 14 points
He played 17 minutes, spending much of the game in foul trouble, and fouling out with 3:27 remaining in the game
He finished the game with a +/- differential of plus-seven. The only other Wildcat to finish the game with a positive differential was Briscoe (plus-one)
He has fouled four times this year, and UK has lost each of those games
Freshman Isaiah Briscoe notched 10 points, tied for the team high with eight rebounds
He has reached double-figure scoring 13 times and three games in a row
His eight rebounds were the second most of his career (12 vs. NJIT – Nov. 14, 2015)
Junior Derek Willis tied Briscoe for the team-high with eight rebounds
He scored eight points, with two made 3s.
He tied his career high in minutes played (35)