Kentucky-Florida Postgame Notes

March 13, 2015

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  • Team records: Kentucky is 32-0, Florida is 15-17.
  • Kentucky leads the series 97-37.
    • UK defeated Florida twice during the regular season, 68-61 in Gainesville and 67-50 in the regular-season finale in Lexington.
    • The last time UK defeated Florida three times in a season was in 2012.
    • The last time UK held Florida to 50 or fewer points in consecutive games was the 1949 and 1951 seasons.
  • With 32 consecutive victories …
    • It tied the longest win streak in Kentucky history. UK went 25-0 in 1953-54, then won the first seven games of the 1954-55 season.
    • It extended the longest season-opening win streak for any team in SEC history.
    • It extended the longest win streak for a John Calipari-coached team.
  • Kentucky is 209-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 54 of the last 56 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 98-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 57-4 at UK.
  • Calipari is now 184-37 (.833) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
  • UK was behind for 8:50 today. The Wildcats have trailed for only 178:43 of a possible 1,295 minutes this season.
  • Kentucky has an all-time record of 122-25 (.830) in SEC Tournament games.
  • Kentucky plays Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville vs. the winner of LSU/Auburn game.

Team Notes

  • UK held Florida to 49 points. UK is 112-5 under Coach Calipari when holding the opponent to 63 or fewer points. UK is 58-0 under Calipari when limited the opponent to 55 or fewer points, including 20 times this season.
  • UK limited Florida to 39.3 field-goal percentage today. The Wildcats lead the nation in field-goal percentage defense.
  • Kentucky shot 82.6 percent from the foul line, 19 of 23. The Wildcats have made 76.4 percent at the charity stripe over the last eight games.
  • UK won points off turnovers, 15-4. UK has won or tied points off turnovers in every game this season.
  • UK won bench points 13-11. UK has won bench points in every game this season.
  • Kentucky’s streak of 930 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Andrew Harrison swished a three at the 13:20 mark of the first half.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 14th time this season.
  • Florida made five of its first six shots in jumping out to a 10-5 lead.
  • The Gators were ahead 17-14 when Kentucky took the lead for good with a 6-0 run.
  • UK went to intermission ahead 31-27.

Second-Half Story

  • Kentucky started the second half with Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein.
  • Kentucky made two big runs in the second half –
    • Leading 33-31, Kentucky had a 9-0 surge – capped by two foul shots and a 3-pointer by Aaron Harrison – for a 42-31 advantage.
    • After the Gators pulled with 50-45 with 7:40 to go, UK finished the game with a 14-4 run. Towns and Lyles scores the first nine points of the decisive spurt, combining to make seven consecutive foul shots.

Player Notes

  • Karl-Anthony Towns had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
    • It is his seventh double-double of the season, six of which have come against SEC opponents.
    • Towns has averaged 14 points over the last six games.
  • Aaron Harrison tied Towns in leading UK with 13 points. UK’s leading scorer for the season, he has tallied at least nine points in six straight games.
  • Tyler Ulis played a season-high 32 minutes, totaling seven points, four assists and three steals.
    • He has become more of a scoring presence recently, averaging 6.6 points over the last seven games.
    • He led the Wildcats with four assists and has averaged 3.6 over the last seven games.
    • His three steals tied his season high set on Nov. 30 against Providence.