No. 1 Men's Basketball at S. Carolina -- Postgame Notes

Jan. 24, 2015

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KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
No. 1/1 Kentucky at South Carolina
Colonial Life Arena --­­ Jan. 24, 2015
Attendance: 18,000

FINAL SCORE: No. 1/1 Kentucky 58, South Carolina 43

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 19-0, 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina is 10-8, 1-5 in the SEC.
  • UK leads the all-time series with South Carolina, 48-11, including a 19-7 mark in games played in Columbia.
  • Kentucky coach John Calipari has a 10-2 all-time record vs. South Carolina.
  • Calipari has a 616-177 overall record and a 171-37 mark at Kentucky.
  • UK has a 193-27 all-time record as the nation’s No. 1 team, winning 37 of the last 39 games as the AP’s top-ranked team.
    • Calipari has an 81-9 all-time record as the No. 1 team in the nation, including a 40-4 mark at Kentucky.
  • Kentucky will return to action on Thursday, traveling to Missouri for a 12 p.m. ET tip-off, with the game televised live on ESPN. The game will also be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Tom Leach and Mike Pratt voicing the action.

Team Notes

  • With a 19-0 start, UK has tied the 2009-10 team for the third-best start in UK history.
  • With 2,159 wins, Kentucky is the all-time wins leader in college basketball.
    • UK has a league-best 929-262 all-time mark in SEC play.
  • After Devin Booker’s 3-pointer to give UK a 9-8 lead early in the first half, Kentucky extended its streak of games with a 3-pointer to 919 consecutive, the second-longest streak in the nation.
  • UK improved to 14-0 when holding a halftime lead.
  • The nation’s leader in blocks and blocks per game, Kentucky swatted nine shots and have had at least three blocked shots in each game this season.
  • Kentucky is now 52-0 under Calipari when holding its opponent under 55 points, including 14 wins in 2014-15.
  • Kentucky held South Carolina to 23-percent shooting from the field and have held 10 opponents under 30 percent shooting on the year.
  • UK had more blocks and steals (17) than South Carolina had field goals (12).
    • It marked the eighth time in 2014-15 UK has had more blocks and steals than the opponent had field goals and the first time since a win over UCLA.
  • South Carolina had just five assists, marking the 15th time this season UK has held its opponent to under 10 assists.
  • Kentucky has held its opponent to under 55 points in 14 of 19 games, the most in school history in the shot-clock era (since 1985-86).
  • UK held South Carolina to just four field goals in the second half.
  • The Wildcats held the Gamecocks without a field goal from the 4:31 mark in the first half to the 15:12 mark in the second half.
  • UK also held South Carolina to a 6:16 field-goal drought that ended with a SC 3-pointer with 6:07 left in the game.

Individual Notes

  • Freshman guard Devin Booker charted a game-high 18 points, his fifth game with at least 18 points.
    • Booker is 22 for 33 over his last nine games from 3-point range.
    • Booker has led UK in scoring a team-best seven times.
  • Sophomore guard Aaron Harrison totaled 13 points, adding four rebounds and a season-high tying three steals.
    • Aaron Harrison has made 24 3-pointers over his last nine games and has had a 3-pointer in 11 consecutive games.
  • Junior forward Wille Cauley-Stein played in his team-leading 85th career game.
    • A member of the Midseason Wooden Award watch list, Cauley-Stein had two steals to become the first player in Kentucky history with 200 or more blocks and 100 or more steals.
  • Freshman guard Tyler Ulis had a team-best six assists in just 20 minutes, his most assists since dishing out seven in a win over Ole Miss.
    • Ulis added six points, three rebounds and a steal.
    • Ulis has a 63-17 assist-turnover ratio in his collegiate debut.
  • Freshman forward Trey Lyles made his seventh start of the year.
    • Lyles had seven points and two rebounds, adding an assist and a steal.
  • Sophomore center Dakari Johnson led UK with six rebounds and has had at least three rebounds in nine consecutive games.
  • Sophomore forward Marcus Lee tied his career high with four blocks, in just 13 minutes.