Kentucky-Notre Dame Postgame Notes

Dec. 9, 2010

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  • Kentucky improves to 6-2 on the season. Notre Dame drops its first game, falling to 8-1.
  • UK is now 42-18 all-time against Notre Dame, 24-9 against the Irish in Louisville and 20-4 against them in Freedom Hall.
  • The Wildcats are 166-72 against schools comprising the Big East.
  • UK runs its all-time record in Louisville to 122-33 and 59-18 in Freedom Hall.
  • Kentucky will be in action again Saturday, Dec. 11, against Indiana. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. p.m. ET with the game being televised on ESPN.

Team game notes

  • The Wildcats used the starting combination of Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson for the eighth straight game. Kentucky is 6-2 with that starting five.
  • Eloy Vargas was the first sub off the bench for Kentucky. It was Vargas’ third time this season to be the first Wildcat off the bench.
  • Kentucky extended its streak of game with a three-pointer to 757 games, the third longest streak in the country.
  • Trailing 38-27 at the 4:44 mark of the first half, UK closed the half on a 13-2 run to draw even at the half at 40-40.
  • It was the first time this season Kentucky was tied going into halftime.
  • With 26 seconds left in the first half, Notre Dame was whistled for a three-second violation. It was the first three-second violation called in a Kentucky game this season.
  • This is the second time both Terrence Jones (12) and Brandon Knight (11) scored in double-figures in the first half of the same game. Both did it against Boston.
  • The Cats scored the first six points of the second half to push their run to 19-2 before Notre Dame hit two free throws.
  • The Fighting Irish scored their last field goal of the first half at the 5:02 mark and didn’t score from the field again until the 12:38 mark of the second half, a stretch of 12:24 without a field goal.
  • The UK defense didn’t yield its first field of the second half until the 12:38 mark. They didn’t allow Notre Dame’s second field until the 9:30 mark.
  • Brandon Knight drew a charge at the 6:49 mark of the second half. It was the second time this season (Doron Lamb) the Wildcats have drawn a charge.
  • Kentucky is 2-0 against ranked teams this year.
  • The last time Kentucky had two players score 20 points was in the season opener against East Tennessee State (Terrence Jones 25, Doron Lamb 20).
  • UK has hit 36 3-pointers in its last four games.
  • For the second straight game, Kentucky set a season-high from the free throw line, shooting 77.3 pct. (17-22) from the stripe.

Individual game notes

#1 Darius Miller

  • Has hit a 3-pointer in every game this season.

#2 Stacey Poole

  • Scored his first points as a Wildcat on a 3-pointer.

#3 Terrence Jones

  • Scored 12 first-half points, the fourth time this season and third time in the last four games he’s gone for  double-figures in the first half.
  • Recorded his fifth double-double of the season.
  • Tallied his fourth 20-point game of the season and his third 20-10 game of the season.
  • Tied career-high with 17 rebounds.

#4 Jon Hood

  • Connected on his second 3-pointer this season.

#12 Brandon Knight

  • Has connected on a 3-pointer in seven of eight games this season.
  • Has gone for multiple 3-pointers six times this season.
  • Recorded his fourth 20-point game this season and second in the last three.
  • Has hit nine of his last 10 free throws.
  • Played career high 39 minutes.

#20 Doron Lamb

  • Has hit nine of his last 10 free throws.

#55 Josh Harrellson

  • Finished with nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end.