Kentucky-Mississippi State Postgame Notes

Feb. 3, 2009

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • With the loss, Kentucky is 16-7, 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State improves to 15-7, 5-2 in the SEC.
  • UK owns an 84-20 advantage all-time in the series, winning six of the last nine.
    • UK is now 43-5 all-time against MSU in Lexington, including a 22-2 mark against the Bulldogs in Rupp Arena.
  • Kentucky is 460-113 against schools from the SEC's Western Division.
  • UK owns a 180-32 record all-time against schools from the state of Mississippi.
  • Kentucky has won 83 of its last 104 home games, owning a 424-58 all-time record in Rupp Arena.
  • The Wildcats three-game losing skid is the longest since a three-game losing streak in December 2007.
  • UK returns to action on Feb. 10, hosting Florida in Rupp Arena at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

First-Half Notes

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Ramon Harris, Michael Porter, Perry Stevenson, Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson for the 14th time this season, owning a 9-5 record.
  • UK lost the opening tip, marking the eighth game the Wildcats have lost the opening tip.
  • Josh Harrellson was the first Wildcat to check in off the bench, the second time this season he was the first UK player to sub in.
  • At the 10 minute mark of the first half, Mississippi State held an 11-6 advantage, with freshman Darius Miller tallying four of UK's six points.
  • With eight minutes left in the half, MSU owned a 13-12 lead.
  • Michael Porter's 3-pointer with 1:38 left in the half extended UK's streak of 3-pointers made to 696 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in the nation.
  • Freshman Landon Slone checked in late in the half, his first conference action of the season and first appearance since the Central Michigan contest.
  • UK trailed at the half, 37-24, the seventh game this season UK trailed at the half. UK's 13-point halftime deficit is its largest in SEC play this season.
    • Entering the game Kentucky had trailed only once in an SEC game at halftime, at Alabama, a UK win.
    • UK is 2-5 this season when trailing at halftime.

Second-Half Notes

  • Landon Slone was the first UK sub off the bench in the second half, checking in for Ramon Harris at the 18:01 mark.
  • Trailing by 13 at halftime, UK found itself down 43-38 at the 11-minute mark of the second half.
  • Jodie Meeks' breakaway slam dunk put UK down 43-40 with 10:40 left in the contest.
  • Barry Stewart's 3-pointer lifted the MSU lead to 50-42 with just under nine minutes to play.
  • DeAndre Liggins' 3-pointer with 7:25 left to play brought UK to a 50-45 deficit.
  • Back-to-back 3-pointers gave MSU a 61-45 lead with 3:01 left to play, capping an 11-0 run.

Team Notes

  • UK held Mississippi State to 44-percent shooting from the field, marking the 23rd time in 23 games that UK has held its opponent to under 50-percent shooting.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding battle, outrebounding MSU 38-33.
  • UK has out-rebounded all but four of its opponents this season.
  • UK totaled a 32-14 advantage on points scored in the paint.
  • Kentucky finished shooting 11-for-14 from the charity stripe, marking the 21st time UK shot over 70 percent from the free-throw line this season.
  • The Kentucky bench outscored the MSU bench, 16-2.

Individual Notes

  • Jodie Meeks finished the game with 15 points in 37 minutes.
    • Meeks has totaled double-digit points in each game this season, 23 consecutive games.
    • Meeks has made a 3-pointer in each game this season.
    • Meeks had his consecutive free-throw made streak snapped at 22, missing his final free-throw attempt of the game.
  • Patrick Patterson totaled 15 points and nine rebounds, adding two blocked shots.
    • Patterson scored double figures for the third consecutive game, the 19th time this season and the 41st time in his career.
    • Patterson has grabbed at least five rebounds in 19 of 23 games this season.
  • Freshman Darius Miller posted seven points, five assists, three rebounds and a team-best three steals in 32 minutes.
    • Miller's five assists equals a career high, accomplished in four games.
    • Miller's three steals mark a new career best.