Kentucky-Cleveland State Postgame Notes

Nov. 24, 2009

Recap | Box Score

  • Kentucky is now 5-0 on the season. Cleveland State falls to 3-2.
  • UK is now 1-0 all-time against the Vikings.
  • Kentucky returns to action on Wednesday in the championship game taking on the winner of the Stanford/Virginia game. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. ET with the game being televised on CBS College Sports.

Team game notes

  • The Wildcats used the starting combination of Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Darius Miller, Patrick Patterson and John Wall for the fourth straight game. Kentucky is 4-0 with that starting five.
  • UK won the opening tip. The Wildcats have won the opening tip in all four games this season. DeMarcus Cousins has jumped center for every game this year.
  • DeMarcus Cousins scored the game's first points 2:03 into the game.
  • Ramon Harris was the first sub off the bench for Kentucky. It was his second time this season to be the first Wildcat off the bench.
  • UK extended its string of 716 consecutive games making a three-pointer.
  • Kentucky carried a 35-27 lead into halftime. The Wildcats are now 4-0 when leading at the half.
  • The Wildcats opened the second half on an 18-4 run to take a 53-31 lead.
  • The UK defense held Cleveland State to a season low 49 points. The Vikings' previous low was 6 at St. Bonaventure.
  • The Wildcats outrebounded the opposition for the fifth time this season, outrebounding the Vikings 48-28.
  • Kentucky's +20 rebound margin was its largest this season.
  • For the fifth time this season, Kentucky outscored its opponent in the paint, putting up 26 to Cleveland State's 14.
  • UK has advanced to its second straight in-season tournament championship. The Wildcats won the Las Vegas Invitational last year.

Individual game notes

#1 Darius Miller

  • Just missed his first career double-double with nine points and eight rebounds
  • Pulled down a season high eight rebounds

#4 Jon Hood

  • Converted his first career three-pointer

#5 Ramon Harris

  • Pulled down a season high eight rebounds

#15 DeMarcus Cousins

  • Converted his first career three-point attempt
  • Has scored in double-digits in last three games, averaging 15.0 ppg.

#24 Eric Bledsoe

  • Has a three-pointer in three straight games and four of UK's first five games.

#54 Patrick Patterson

  • Finished with nine points, putting him over 1,100 for his career (1,105).
  • Patterson recorded nine points and five rebounds in the first half.

#55 Josh Harrellson

  • Hit his first three-pointer of the season, knocking down the open look with: 02 left in the first half
  • Finished with a season best five points