Kentucky-Auburn Postgame Notes

Feb. 21, 2015

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  • Kentucky is 27-0, 14-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 12-15 overall, 4-10 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 90-17, including 45-2 at home.
  • With 27 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK tied the 1995-96 team for the longest single-season win streak in school history.
    • It’s also the longest season-opening streak for a John Calipari coached team. His 1995-96 Massachusetts team and 2007-08 Memphis team each started 26-0.
    • Calipari tied his longest coaching win streak. The 2008-09 Memphis squad won 27 in a row (not at the opening of a season).
  • Kentucky is 204-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 49 of the last 51 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 93-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 52-4 at UK.
  • Calipari is now 179-37 (.829) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
  • Calipari won his 100th game at Rupp Arena and is now 100-4 (.962) in the venue.
  • UK led the entire game and has trailed for only 146:01 of a possible 1,095 minutes this season.
  • Kentucky returns to action Wednesday at Mississippi State. Game time is 7 p.m. EST and it will be televised on the SEC Network.
  • Kentucky officially retired the jersey of Tony Delk, who played at UK during the 1993-96 seasons, during a halftime ceremony.

Team Notes

  • UK hit the century mark for the first time since a 105-76 win vs. UT Arlington on Nov. 19, 2013.
  • It’s the most points for the Wildcats since a 115-87 win over Tennessee State on Dec. 30, 2002.
  • It’s the most points for the Wildcats against an SEC opponent since a 120-81 win over Vanderbilt on Feb. 7, 1996.
  • Kentucky shot a season-high 64.7 percent from the field, the ninth time this season the Wildcats have made at least half their shots in a game.
  • Key stats for the Cats:
    • UK won rebounding 44-22. That led to a 21-7 margin on second-chance points.
    • UK won points in the paint 62-24.
    • UK won bench points 43-10.
  • Kentucky had 25 assists, tying the season high set earlier vs. UCLA.
  • Kentucky had balanced scoring with six players in double figures, the first time that has happened since the win over UT Arlington on Nov. 25.
  • Kentucky’s streak of 926 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Andrew Harrison tripled at the 17:39 mark of the first half.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky’s strarting lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 10th time this season.
  • Kentucky jumped out to a 30-4 lead.
  • UK’s biggest lead of the half was 27 points at 42-15.
  • UK went to intermission ahead 52-26, tying the Missouri game for the largest halftime lead of the season against an SEC opponent.
  • UK’s 52 points is the second most this season in a first half.  UK scored 55 in the first half vs. UT Arlington on Nov. 25.

Second-Half Story

Player Notes

  • Karl-Anthony Towns had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
    • It is his fifth double-double, the third in the last six games.
    • 19 points tied his season high set on two previous occasions.
    • He was 8-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 at the foul line.
  • Aaron Harrison pumped in 18 points, his fourth-highest total of the season.
  • Dakari Johnson had 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
  • Andrew Harrison contributed 12 points and a career-high-tying nine assists.
  • Devin Booker scored 11 points, his 15th double-figure game of the season.
  • Tyler Ulis notched 10 points, the most for him since scoring 11 points at Alabama on Jan.17.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein had nine points, making all four of his field goal attempts.
  • Marcus Lee tallied six points, making all three field goal attempts, along with a career-high-tying eight rebounds.
  • Tod Lanter’s 3-pointer was his first points as a Wildcat.