Kentucky-Florida Postgame Notes

Feb. 26, 2011

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Team Records, Series Info and Other Big News

  • Kentucky is 20-8 overall, 8-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida is 22-6, 11-3 in league play.
  • UK leads the series 89-33, including 46-8 in Lexington.
  • Kentucky has a 163-52 record against SEC East teams since the league split into divisions in 1991-92.
  • This is the 55th 20-win season in Kentucky history.
  • Today’s win marks the 500th collegiate-career victory for Kentucky Coach John Calipari. Calipari has a collegiate record of 500-151 (76.8 percentage).
  • Kentucky closes out the 2010-11 home schedule Tuesday against Vanderbilt at 9 p.m. The Senior Night game will be televised by ESPN.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky used the lineup of Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson for the third time this season.
  • Doron Lamb opened the scoring with a driving banker on UK’s first possession at 18:57.
  • An intense, closely played first half resulted in Kentucky holding a 34-33 lead at intermission. The teams were separated by no more than four points for the entire half.

Second-Half Stats

  • Kentucky scored the first five points of the second half to go ahead 39-33, the largest lead of the game to that point. Florida bounced back promptly to tie the game at 41.
  • Tied at 41, Kentucky gradually built the lead to 11 points at 69-58, topped with a huge play by Darius Miller. Doron Lamb missed a three-pointer but Miller flashed across the court to soar for the rebound. Miller got the ball back and drained a three-pointer at 4:13 to give UK its 69-58 advantage.
  • Kentucky got its biggest lead at 12 points, 73-61.
  • Florida edged as close as six points at 74-68, but the Gators got no closer and the Wildcats won 76-68.

Team Notes

  • Today’s hard-fought contest featured eight ties and 10 lead changes. As a matter of contrast, in UK’s previous six SEC home wins this season, there were a total of only two ties and five lead changes.
  • UK shot 51.7 percent from the field, making 30 of 58 shots. The Wildcats are 11-0 this season (29-0 under Coach Calipari) when making at least half their field-goal attempts.
  • UK, the SEC’s stingiest turnover team at 11.2 turnovers per game, had only seven miscues today. It’s the second-lowest of the season as UK had six turnovers vs. Indiana.
  • Kentucky is 32-0 at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari. It is the second-longest streak for a UK coach in Rupp Arena behind Rick Pitino’s 33-straight home wins in 1992-94.
  • UK has won 33 in a row at home, beginning with the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and continuing with the last 32 at Rupp.
    • It is the second-longest active home win streak in the nation.
    • It is tied for the third-longest home streak in school history. UK won 129-consecutive home games at Alumni Gymnasium and Memorial Coliseum from 1943-55 and 39 straight in Alumni from 1933-36.
  • Kentucky has made at least one three-point shot in 775 consecutive games.

Individual Notes

  • Brandon Knight scored 16 points and had six assists with no turnovers.
    • Has scored in double figures in 23-consecutive games and 27 of 28 games this season. It’s the longest streak since Jodie Meeks had 32-straight double-figure games in 2008-09.
  • Darius Miller poured in a career-high 24 points.
    • It’s the second-consecutive home game in which Miller has posted a career-high scoring total. He had 22 points last Saturday vs. South Carolina.
    • Miller also had a fine floor game with three assists and three blocked shots.
  • Josh Harrellson claimed a game-high 12 rebounds. It’s his 13th double-figure rebounding game of the season.