Kentucky-Mississippi State Postgame Notes

Feb. 15, 2011

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Team Records and Series Info

  • Kentucky is 18-7 overall, 6-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is 13-12 overall, 5-6 in league play.
  • UK leads the series with Mississippi State, 87-20, including 44-5 in Lexington.
  • Kentucky has a 120-30 record against SEC West teams since the league split into divisions in 1991-92.
  • Kentucky remains at home for the next game as the Wildcats play host to South Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

First-Half Facts

  • With Darius Miller coming off a leg injury, Kentucky used the lineup of Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, DeAndre Liggins, Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson for the first time this season.
  • Mississippi State stormed out to a 5-0 lead on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions and UK called a timeout at 19:27.
  • The Bulldogs stayed hot and extended their lead to 24-13 at the 10:39 mark. At that point, MSU was 8 of 10 from the field and 5 of 6 at the foul line.
  • Kentucky got as close as one point at 31-30 but MSU kept the lead the entire half.
  • With Mississippi State ahead 40-35 with 1.1 seconds to go, MSU’s Brian Bryant was called for fouling Brandon Knight on a three-point shot. Coach Rick Stansbury was assessed a technical foul. Knight made 4-of-5 foul shots (2 of 2 on the technical, 2 of 3 on the three-pointer) to draw UK within 40-39 at intermission.

Second-Half Stats

  • Josh Harrellson opened the second half with a layup to give UK its first lead at 41-40.
  • MSU reclaimed the advantage with a 7-0 run to go ahead 48-43.
  • Trailing 50-47, the Wildcats sparked an 11-0 run for a 58-50 lead.
  • MSU got as close as two points at 65-63 before the Wildcats expanded the cushion to 80-67 with a 15-4 spurt.
  • MSU rallied within four points, 83-79, with 43 seconds to play but the Bulldogs got no closer.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky is 30-0 at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari.
  • UK has won 31 in a row at home, beginning with the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and continuing with the last 30 at Rupp. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation.
  • UK shot 56.1 percent from the field. UK is 9-0 this season (27-0 under Coach Calipari) when making at least half their field-goal attempts.
  • UK won points in the paint, 34-20.
  • Kentucky has made at least one three-point shot in 774 consecutive games.

Individual Notes

  • Terrence Jones totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds.
    • Jones leads the SEC in double-doubles with nine
  • Brandon Knight led all players with 24 points and seven assists
    • Has 11 20-point games this season, extending his record for most ever by a UK freshman
    • 24 points was one short of his career high
    • Has scored in double figures in 20-consecutive games and 24 of 25 games this season. The last Wildcat with 20 consecutive double-figure games was Jodie Meeks in the 2008-09 season.
    • Seven assists was one short of his career high
  • Making his fourth start of the season, Doron Lamb poured in 20 points. It’s his fifth 20-point game of the season.
  • Darius Miller tossed in 13 points and added two blocked shots, two steals, one assist and did not have a turnover.
    • Recovering from a leg injury sustained Saturday at Vanderbilt, Miller did not start for the first time this season. It ended a streak of 31-consecutive starting assignments, dating back to last season.