Kentucky-Arkansas Postgame Notes

Feb. 14, 2009

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  • Kentucky is now 18-7, 7-3 on the season. Arkansas 13-10, 1-9.
  • Kentucky leads the series with Arkansas 23-7.
  • The Wildcats are 20-9 all-time on Valentine's Day.
  • Kentucky has a short layoff, traveling to Vanderbilt Tuesday for a nationally televised contest on ESPN with the Commodores.

Team game notes

  • The Wildcats used the starting combination of Josh Harrellson, Ramon Harris, Jodie Meeks, Michael Porter and Perry Stevenson. It was the first time with that starting five.
  • UK won the opening tip. It was the first time Perry Stevenson jumped center this season.
  • Jodie Meeks scored the game's first points, the fourth time he has been the first scorer this season.
  • A.J. Stewart was the first sub off the bench for Kentucky. It was his first time this season to be the first Wildcat off the bench.
  • UK extended its string of 700 consecutive games making a three-pointer.
  • The Wildcats made eight three-pointers in the first half. It was the most they've made in the first half this season.
  • UK's 40 first half points were the most since tallying 41 at Tennessee.
  • UK led 40-29 at the half. The Wildcats are now 16-2 and 6-2 in the SEC when leading at the half.
  • After ranking towards the top of the nation in free throw percentage most of the season, the Wildcats have hit just 58.3 percent (21-for-36) in the last two games.

Individual game notes

#1 Darius Miller

  • Fouled out for the third time this season.

#5 Ramon Harris

  • Made his 42 nd career start
  • Pulled down a season high nine rebounds.
  • Tied career high with five assists.

#13 Michael Porter

  • Made his 34 th career start
  • Has hit 6-of-12 three-pointers in last three games

#15 A.J. Stewart

  • Was the first sub off the bench for the first time this year
  • Hit his first career three-pointer

#21 Perry Stevenson

  • Made his 31 st career start
  • Finished with five blocked shots moving him into ninth on UK's blocks list with 130.

#23 Jodie Meeks

  • Made his 31 st career start
  • Scored Kentucky's first seven points of the game
  • Has scored in double digits in 25 straight games. The longest streak since Tayshaun Prince did it 29 times in the 2000-01 season.
  • Recorded 22 first half points, the fifth time this season he's gone for 20 in the first half.
  • Has hit a three-pointer in every game this season and multiple three-pointers in 18 of the last 19 games.
  • Broke the Bud Walton Arena scoring record by an opposing player, formerly held by Nate Driggers of Montevallo (37) in 1993.
  • Broke the Bud Walton Arena scoring record with 45 points, formerly held by Al Dillard (39) in 1993.
  • Has set two arena scoring records this season, including a Thompson-Boling Arena record 54 against Tennessee.
  • Finished 4-for-7 from the free throw line. It was the first time this season he's missed more than two free throws in a game.
  • Became the 56th member of UK”s prestigious 1,000 point club. He currently has 1,037.

#55 Josh Harrellson

  • Made his first career start