Kentucky-Vanderbilt Postgame Notes

March 2, 2011

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Team Records and Series Info

  • Both teams are 21-8 overall, 9-6 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • UK leads the series 134-44, including 75-14 in Lexington.
  • Kentucky has a 164-52 record against SEC East teams since the league split into divisions in 1991-92.
  • Kentucky is 88-19 all-time on Senior Night.
  • Kentucky closes out the 2010-11 regular-season schedule Sunday at Tennessee. The Wildcats and Volunteers tip off at noon and the game will be televised by CBS.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky used the lineup of Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson for the fourth-consecutive game.
  • Doron Lamb got the first score of the game at 19:12 on runner in the lane.
  • Kentucky never trailed in the first half.
  • The Wildcats gradually built leads as large as 15 points at 36-21 and 38-23.
  • UK went into the locker room with an 11-point lead, 40-29.
  • The key stat for the Cats in the opening period was eight offensive rebounds that led to a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points.

Second-Half Story

  • John Jenkins, who scored a career-high 32 points vs. Kentucky in Nashville, did not get his first basket until the 17:00 mark of the second half. (Jenkins came on strong in the second half and finished with 16.)
  • Vanderbilt was within 46-42 at the 14:42 mark when UK went on a 9-0 run for a 55-42 cushion.
  • The Commodores responded with an 18-4 run and got their first lead of the game at 60-59 with 4:25 remaining on a driving layup by Lance Goulbourne.
  • The teams were separated by no more than three points in the final eight minutes of the game.
  • Darius Miller put the Wildcats ahead 61-60 with a driving banker at 2:50, UK’s final basket of the game.
  • Jeffery Taylor put VU ahead 62-61 on a layup at 2:30.
  • Brandon Knight put UK ahead 63-62 with two foul shots at 1:36.
  • Taylor tied it at 1:19 with a foul shot, 63 each.
  • With 52.5 seconds remaining, Terrence Jones edged UK ahead 64-63 by making the first of two foul shots.
  • Josh Harrellson got a steal and was fouled with 19 seconds left.
  • At 18.8 seconds, Jones had a 1-and-1 and made both to make it 66-63.
  • Goulbourne tallied a driving layup at 8.6 seconds to draw within 66-65.
  • At 8.2 seconds, Knight had a 1-and-1 and made both for 68-65
  • At 6.7 seconds, Brad Tinsley of VU had a 1-and-1 and made the first to draw within 68-66.
  • At 1.1 seconds, Jones of UK was called for traveling.
  • Tinsley’s inbounds lob to Ezeli was not handled cleanly as he was contested tightly by Jones and Harrellson. The ball squirted out of bounds as time expired.

Team Notes

  • UK made 7 of its final 8 foul shots in the final 1:36. UK came into the game making 82.4 percent in clutch foul-shooting situations.
  • UK held Vanderbilt to 66 points. UK is 19-0 this season (40-0 under Coach Calipari) when the opponent scores 67 or fewer points.
  • Kentucky is 33-0 at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari. It ties the longest streak for a UK coach in Rupp Arena along with Rick Pitino’s 33-straight home wins in 1992-94.
  • UK has won 34 in a row at home, beginning with the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and continuing with the last 33 at Rupp.
    • It is the second-longest active home win streak in the nation.
    • It is 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.
  • This is the first time that the Wildcats have gone undefeated in Rupp Arena in two-consecutive seasons.
    • The last time UK went undefeated at home in two-straight seasons was 1951-52 and 1953-54 (no schedule played in 1952-53).
  • Kentucky has made at least one three-point shot in 776 consecutive games.

Individual Notes

  • Brandon Knight led Kentucky with 17 points and three assists.
    • Has scored in double figures in 24-consecutive games and 28 of 29 games this season. It’s the longest streak since Jodie Meeks had 32-straight double-figure games in 2008-09.
    • Knight made one three-point shot tonight, his 68th of the season, tying the UK freshman record for three-pointers set by Rex Chapman in 1986-87.
  • Darius Miller made 5-of-9 shots en route to 12 points. He added two steals.
  • Josh Harrellson had eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. He added nine points and four blocked shots.
    • Harrellson was honored before the game during Senior Night activities as the lone senior on the 2010-11 squad. Following tradition, Harrellson was presented with a framed jersey and “My Old Kentucky Home” was sung.
  • Terrence Jones had 15 points and nine rebounds.