Kentucky-ETSU Postgame Notes

March 18, 2010

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Series Record

  • Kentucky improves to 33-2 on the season while East Tennessee State is now 20-15.
  • UK is 3-0 in the series against the Buccaneers.
  • The Wildcats are 99-44 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. UK is 4-2 in NCAA Tournament games played in the New Orleans metro area. UK also is 40-10 in NCAA opening round games and 30-8 while playing as a No. 1 seed.
  • Kentucky is 8-0 against No. 16 seeds.
  • This is the most wins for Kentucky since the 1998 team went 35-4.
  • The Wildcats will be in action again on Saturday taking on the winner of the Texas/Wake Forest game in the second round.

NCAA Tournament Team Notes

  • UK’s 54 first-half point was the most since scoring 60 in the first frame against Florida A&M in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats won that game 96-76.
  • This was the 12 th time that UK has scored at least 100 points in an NCAA Tournament game and the first time the Wildcats hit the century mark in the tourney since a 101-70 win over Utah in 1996.
  • UK’s 15 three-pointers are one shy of the school record for an NCAA Tournament game (16 vs. Wake Forest in 1993).
  • UK’s 27 assists is the third-most for the Wildcats in an NCAA Tournament game and the most since 33 vs. Mount St. Mary’s in 1995.
  • UK’s 11 blocked shots are the second-most for the Wildcats in an NCAA Tournament game. The UK record is 14 vs. UCLA in 1998.

Team game notes

  • The Wildcats used the starting combination of Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Darius Miller, Patrick Patterson and John Wall for the 26 th time this season. Kentucky is 24-2 with that starting five.
  • Darnell Dodson and Daniel Orton were the first subs off the bench for Kentucky.
  • Kentucky’s first basket of the game was a three-pointer by Darius Miller, extended UK’s streak of games with a three-pointer to 746 games, the third longest streak in the country.
  • Trailing 10-9, Kentucky went on an 18-2 run to open up a 27-12 lead in the first half.
  • UK led 54-26 at the half, its largest halftime lead since leading LSU 42-14 on Feb. 6.
  • Kentucky shot 51.7 percent from the field, the 17 th game this season the Wildcats have hit at least half of their field-goal attempts in a game.
  • UK made a season-high 15 three-pointers. The Wildcats have hit at least eight three-pointers in four of the last six games.

Individual game notes

#1 Darius Miller

  • Made fourth straight start

#3 Darnell Dodson

  • Has hit a three-pointer in six straight games.
  • Claimed four rebounds and is averaging 3.8 boards over the last five games.

#11 John Wall

  • Had 17 points and a game-high 11 assists. It is his fifth double-double of the season and third in points and assists.
  • Averaging 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists over the last four games.
  • Extended his UK freshman season scoring record to 575 points.
  • Extended his UK freshman season assists record to 221 assists.
  • Extended his UK freshman season free throw record with 170 made.

#15 DeMarcus Cousins

  • Totaled five points, a game-high eight rebounds and a career-best four assists.
  • Extended his UK freshman season rebounding record to 341 boards.

#21 Perry Stevenson

  • Blocked two shots and moved to fifth on UK’s all-time blocks list with 158.

#24 Eric Bledsoe

  • Set career highs with 29 points and eight three-pointers, also tying a career-best with four steals.
  • 29 points is the most for a UK player this season.
  • His eight three-pointers broke UK’s record for an NCAA Tournament game. The old record was seven by Tony Delk vs. Syracuse in the 1996 championship game.
  • Shot 88.9 percent from three-point range (8 of 9). That’s the second-best three-point percentage for a UK player in an NCAA Tournament game (min. five attempts), trailing only Jamal Mashburn’s perfect 5-of-5 vs. Wake Forest in 1993.
  • His third straight game to knock down multiple three-pointers and ninth this season.
  • Scored in double-digits in the first half (15 tonight) for only the third time this season.
  • Averaging 18.5 points in UK’s four postseason games.

#33 Daniel Orton

  • Had one of his better games with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

#34 DeAndre Liggins

  • Had a season-high five assists.

#54 Patrick Patterson

  • In his first career NCAA Tournament game, tallied 22 points, including 9-of-10 from the field.
  • His 90.0 shooting percentage is UK’s third-best in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • Scored 15 first-half points, the 12 th time this season he’s gone for double-digits in the first half.
  • Moved to 13 th on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,543 career points.