Kentucky-Georgia Postgame Notes

March 4, 2015

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  • Kentucky is 30-0, 17-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia is 19-10, 10-7 in the SEC.
  • Kentucky leads the series 119-26.
  • With 30 consecutive victories …
    • UK extended the longest season-opening win streak for any team in SEC history.
    • UK extended the second-longest overall win streak in Kentucky history.
    • UK extended the longest win streak for a John Calipari-coached team.
    • UK extended the longest single-season win streak in program history.
  • Kentucky is 207-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 52 of the last 53 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 96-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 55-4 at UK.
  • Calipari is now 182-37 (.831) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
  • With the win John Calipari has now led UK to 30 wins in a season three times.
  • UK led for 19:50, and trailed for 16:09. Kentucky has trailed for only 165.1 of a possible 1,215 minutes this season.
  • Kentucky returns Rupp Arena on Saturday for the regular-season finale vs. Florida. Game time is 2 p.m. and it will be televised on CBS.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky’s streak of 928 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Devin Booker connected from deep at the 8:44 mark of the first half.
  • Kentucky committed no turnovers in the first half, a season low.
  • Kentucky’s three assists in the first half was its fewest in a first half this year.

Game Facts

  • Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 11th time this season.
  • Kentucky started the second half with Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein.
  • Key stats:
    • Kentucky scored 18 points off turnovers, compared with four from UGA.
    • Georgia had 11 turnovers, compared with three by UK – all of which came in the second half.
    • Georgia did not have a steal, UK had four.
    • UK won bench points 19-15. UK has won bench points in every game this season.
  • Aaron Harrison scored Kentucky’s first nine points of the second half, after having played six minutes in the first half due to picking up two fouls.
  • After trailing by nine at the 9:12 mark in the second half, Kentucky went 7 of 9 from field-goal range.
  • After Georgia took a 62-56 lead with 5:36 left to play, UK closed the game on a 16-2 run.
  • The Wildcats took a 65-62 lead at the 2:53 mark in the second half, UK’s first lead in 12 minutes. UK never trailed after that.
  • Kentucky’s largest lead of the game was the final score, with UK ahead by eight.

Player Notes

  • Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns tied his career-high with 19 points, set three other times this season.
    • It marked his 14th double-figure game of the season and the seventh in the last 10 games.
    • The Piscataway, N.J., native also added seven rebounds.
    • He scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half.
    • His 19 points led all scorers.
  • Sophomore guard Aaron Harrison scored 16 points, the third time in the last four games that he’s scored 16 or more.
    • It’s his team-leading 18th double-figure game of the season.
    • Fourteen of his 16 points came in the second half.
    • He scored Kentucky’s first nine points of the second half.
  • Sophomore Andrew Harrison notched 12 points, the seventh time in the last 11 games and the fourth time in the last five games he’s eclipsed double digits.
  • Sophomore center Dakari Johnson was a perfect 4 for 4 from the line and is 12 of 13 from the charity stripe dating back to the LSU game.