Kentucky-Ole Miss Postgame Notes

Jan. 6, 2015

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  • Kentucky is 14-0, 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss is 9-5, 0-1 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 103-13, including 49-2 in Lexington.
  • Kentucky begins SEC road action Saturday at Texas A&M. Game time is 1 p.m. EST and it will be televised on CBS.

Team Notes

  • With 14 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK is off to the sixth-best start in program history, tying the 1921-22 team and 1977-78 squad for that honor.
  • Kentucky is 64-19 all-time in SEC lidlifters, including 5-1 under Coach John Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 192-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 32 of the last 34 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three teams to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 76-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 35-4 at UK.
  • UK shot a season-best 55 percent from 3-point range, making 11 of 20.
  • UK made 28 of 40 at the foul line, a season high for foul shots made.
  • UK won the rebounding battle, 34-32, but it took overtime to do it. The Wildcats won rebounding in the extra period 8-2.
  • UK gained an 18-10 advantage in turnovers, leading to a 23-13 advantage in second-chance points.
  • UK also won bench points, 23-12.
  • The game featured 13 ties and eight lead changes, all of which came in the second half/OT except for one lead change in the first half.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the fourth straight game.
  • Kentucky scored the first 12 points of the game in the opening two and one-half minutes.
  • The Wildcats eventually scored on their first seven possessions, including four 3-pointers, in jumping out to their largest advantage of the half at 18-5.
  • Ole Miss responded with 10 straight points and the Rebels eventually built six-point leads at 34-28 and 36-30.
  • With Stefan Moody’s 16 points leading the way, including 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, Ole Miss took a 38-36 lead into the halftime. It is the third time this season that Kentucky trailed at halftime, also vs. Buffalo and Columbia.
  • UK made 6-of-11 3-pointers in the first half, the Wildcats’ best opening period of the season in that category. The previous best was 6-of-12 vs. North Carolina.

Second-Half Story

  • Kentucky started the second half with Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson.
  • There were 10 ties and four lead changes in the second half.
  • The Wildcats started hot again by scoring on their first three possessions, grabbing a 43-38 lead.
  • The Rebels tied the game twice before retaking the lead at 59-57 with 9:23 to play.
  • The teams exchanged leads before Aaron Harrison’s 3-pointer with 6:40 left made it 66-63 for UK.
  • Kentucky stayed ahead until LaDarius White swished a three from the corner to tie it at 75 with 1:36 left.
  • Jarvis Summers’ two foul shots put Ole Miss up 77-76 with 59 seconds to play.
  • Andrew Harrison’s foul shot with 25 seconds left tied it at 77.
  • Jarvis Summers’ jumper missed with three seconds left and the game went to overtime.

Overtime Notes

  • Kentucky began overtime with Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein.
  • Having made all 15 of their free throws in regulation, the Rebels’ first miss came when Moody was fouled on a 3-pointer but could not shoot because of leg cramps. M.J. Rhett missed two of three, the Rebels’ first misfires of the game, but still gave Ole Miss an 80-79 lead.
  • Tied at 83, Ole Miss’ Dwight Coleby made two foul shots with 2:24 on the clock to make it 85-83.
  • Andrew Harrison’s 3-pointer with 2:07 put the Wildcats back on top 86-85.
  • Summers tied it again with a foul shot, 1:41 to play.
  • With 1:29 to go, Aaron Harrison hit two foul shots to make it 88-86.
  • After Cauley-Stein grabbed defensive and offensive rebounds, Andrew Harrison made a free throw with 32 seconds to go, making it 89-86.
  • Cauley-Stein snagged the final board with four seconds left and UK held on for an 89-86 win.

Player Notes

  • Aaron Harrison had 26 points, most by a Wildcat this season and two short of his career high of 28. He made a career-high five 3-pointers.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein led all rebounders with 12 boards, including three crucial caroms in the final 1:13 of overtime. That tied his season high and is only one short of his career best. He added four blocked shots.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns had 11 points, his sixth double-figure game of the season.
  • Trey Lyles had 10 points, his fifth double-figure game of the season and first since EKU on Dec. 7.
  • Andrew Harrison tallied 12 points, his second-highest point total of the season, and had five assists.
  • Devin Booker had 13 points and made all three of his 3-point tries. Over the last four games, he is averaging 14 points per contest and has made 12 of 14 3-pointers, 86.7 percent.
  • Tyler Ulis had a game-high seven assists, one shy of his career high.