Kentucky-Creighton Postgame Notes

March 23, 2009

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  • Kentucky improves to 22-13 on the season, while Creighton falls to 27-8.
  • Kentucky leads the series with Creighton 8-4 and is now 2-2 against the Bluejays in Omaha.
  • The Wildcats are now 13-5 all-time in the NIT.
  • This was UK's first meeting with Creighton since the 1948 season. It was the Wildcats' first trip to Omaha since 1940.
  • Billy Gillispie is now 140-84 in his career, 40-26 at Kentucky.
  • UK advances to the NIT Quarterfinals and will play at Notre Dame on Wed., March 25.

Team game notes

  • The Wildcats used the starting combination of Ramon Harris, Jodie Meeks, Patrick Patterson, Michael Porter and Perry Stevenson. UK is now 14-9 with that lineup.
  • UK lost the opening tip. The Wildcats have won the opening tip 21 times this season.
  • A.J. Stewart was the first sub off the bench for Kentucky. It was his second time this season as the Wildcats' first sub.
  • UK extended its string of 710 consecutive games making a three-pointer.
  • Kentucky trailed 33-31 at the half. The Wildcats are 4-9 when trailing at halftime.

Individual game notes

#5 Ramon Harris

  • Made his 51st career start
  • Recorded a career high eight assists
  • Averaging six assists in the NIT

#13 Michael Porter

  • Made his 44th career start
  • Recorded ninth multi-career game of the season.

#21 Perry Stevenson

  • Made his 40th career start
  • Recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career
  • 12 field goal attempts tied his career high
  • Pulled down a career postseason high 10 rebounds
  • Averaging 11.5 points in NIT play

#23 Jodie Meeks

  • Made his 41st career start
  • Four first half FG attempts was fewest since four attempts against Mississippi State.
  • Scored in double digits in 34 of 35 games this season.
  • Moved to 35th on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,225 points.
  • Moved to fifth on SEC single season three-pointer FG attempted list (278).

#54 Patrick Patterson

  • Made his 58th career start
  • Became the 57th member of UK's 1,000 point club, doing so in 58 games, the 10th fastest in UK history.

#55 Josh Harrellson

  • Tallied four rebounds, the most since he grabbed four against Mississippi State John Hayden Asst. Director Athletic Media Relations University of Kentucky