Kentucky-UT Martin Postgame Notes

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
UT Martin at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
November 25, 2016
Attendance: 23,324 (season high)  


Final Score: No. 1/1 Kentucky 111, UT Martin 76

Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky is 6-0. UT Martin is 5-2. 
Kentucky leads the series 2-0.  
Kentucky sweeps the Bluegrass Showcase with a 4-0 record.
Kentucky travels to the Bahamas for a Monday matchup against Arizona State.  The game will be televised by ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET.

In the First Half

Kentucky started the lineup of Dominique Hawkins, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the first time this season. 
Monk made a 3-pointer at the 17:11 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 981 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation. 
Trailing 16-15, Kentucky got hot and scored on five straight possessions for a 26-18 lead.
The Wildcats stretched the lead to 18 points at 47-29 and settled for a 53-38 score at halftime.
This is the third straight game that UK scored at least 50 points in the first half. The Wildcats did a good job drawing fouls, making their first 13 free throws until missing in the final minute.

In the Second Half

Ahead 57-42, Kentucky put the game away with a 21-2 run. Malik Monk had a spectacular stretch during the run with back-to-back breakaway dunks, followed by a layup-and-one.
Kentucky built its largest lead at 48 points, 99-51.
Kentucky eclipsed the century mark with a layup by Sacha Killeya-Jones with 8:16 remaining, making it 101-54.

Team Notes

This is the fifth time in eight seasons under Coach John Calipari that the Wildcats have opened with six straight wins.
Kentucky has won all six games this season by at least 21 points, the first time that has happened since the 1947-48 Wildcats initiated the campaign with six wins of at least 24-point margin. 
Six Wildcats scored in double figures, the first time this season that has been accomplished.
Kentucky’s 111 points is the most in the Calipari era and the most for the Wildcats since Dec. 30, 2002, when UK defeated Tennessee State 115-87.
Kentucky scored 100 points in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 16 and 20, 1996. 
UK shot a season-high 55.4 percent from the field today, the fourth time this season the Wildcats have made at least half their shots. 
At one point in the second half, UK was averaging 1.55 points per possession for the game. UK finished with 1.35 points per possession.
Kentucky dominated the rebounding 48-26, its largest board margin of the season.
Kentucky had 24 assists tonight, giving the Wildcats a total of 49 in back-to-back games.
Kentucky is 68-6 under Calipari as The Associated Press No. 1 team. Calipari is 109-11 all-time when his team has been ranked in the top spot. 
Kentucky has a 38-game win streak at home against teams that are not ranked in The Associated Press poll.
Coach John Calipari has a 668-187 (.781) on-court record, including a 223-47 (.826) mark at UK.
Kentucky has an all-time mark of 551-64 (.896) in Rupp Arena.  
UK is 124-4 (.969) at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
The current 42-game win streak is the second-longest in arena annals. 

Player Notes  

Freshman Malik Monk had a career-high 26 points and has reached double figures in all six games this season. He also had a career-best seven assists.
Freshman De’Aaron Fox had another solid game with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. He has scored in double figures all six games this season. 
Freshman Bam Adebayo had his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds, career highs in both categories.
Freshman Wenyen Gabriel amassed a career-high 15 points, adding six rebounds.
Freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones had his best game as a Wildcat with 12 points and four rebounds, career highs in both categories. 
Senior Mychal Mulder tallied 12 points, coming on 4 of 5 on 3-point shots.  It is the third game in a row he has made at least three triples. 
Senior Dominique Hawkins drew his second straight start and distributed a career-high nine assists. He also scored six points and tied a career best with four rebounds.