Kentucky-Alabama Postgame Notes

Jan. 21, 2012

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 19-1 overall, 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference, and the Wildcats have won 11 in a row.
  • Alabama is 13-6 overall, 2-3 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 102-36 and has won seven of the last eight.
  • Kentucky goes on the road for two games next week, beginning Tuesday at Georgia. The 9 p.m. game will be televised by ESPN.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis for the fourth-straight game. UK is 4-0 when starting this lineup.
  • Tied at 8, the Wildcats broke the deadlock with threes from Doron Lamb and Miller, followed by a steal by Miller and a fastbreak layup from Kidd-Gilchrist.
    • That gave UK an eight-point lead, the Cats’ largest of the game.
    • Kentucky led the remainder of the game.
  • UK led at intermission, 37-32.

Second-Half Story

  • The teams battled evenly throughout the second half.
  • Alabama got within one at 49-48 but the Wildcats responded with two free throws each from Lamb and Davis.
  • Leading 62-57 after a Terrence Jones jumper, Kentucky did not make a basket in the last 6:57 of the game. UK’s final 15 points all came from the foul line.
  • Kentucky tied its largest lead of the second half at 69-63 when Alabama rallied with four points to cut it to 69-67 with 1:07 to go.
  • In the final minute of the game, Kentucky made eight-consecutive foul shots to preserve the victory.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky had six players score in double figures, the first time that has happened since Feb. 19, 2005 vs. Mississippi State.
  • Kentucky blocked nine shots today. The Wildcats have 186 blocked shots this season, already ranking seventh on the UK single-season list.
  • The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to 47 games, the longest active streak in the nation. The run includes the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and the last 46 games at Rupp Arena.
  • UK is a perfect 46-0 under Calipari at Rupp Arena, the longest win streak in venue history.
  • UK owns a 472-60 all-time record in Rupp Arena.
  • Since the 2000 season, Calipari-coached teams have posted a 200-19 record at home.
  • In its 109th season of basketball, Kentucky is the NCAA’s all-time wins leader with 2,071 wins.

Individual Notes

  • Anthony Davis tallied 11 points and led the Wildcats with nine rebounds, four blocked shots and a career-high four steals.
    • Davis has blocked at least two shots in every game this season. He entered the game leading the nation with 4.7 blocks per game.
    • Davis has scored double figures in nine-straight games.
    • Davis has made 45 of his last 54 foul shots (83.3 percent).
  • Terrence Jones led the Wildcats with 15 points
    • Has scored double figures in six-straight games
  • Marquis Teague tied his career high for minutes played with 38, contributing 10 points, two rebounds and an assist.
  • Darius Miller notched 11 points and a team-high four assists.
    • Now has 1,049 points in his career, moving him past Jim Line (1,041) for 53rd place on the all-time UK scoring list.
  • Doron Lamb hit a couple of three-pointers early and finished with 14 points.
  • Limited by foul trouble, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played only 23 minutes before fouling out, yet still contributed 13 points and six rebounds.