Kentucky-North Carolina Postgame Notes
Dec. 14, 2013
Team Records, Notes
- Kentucky moves to 8-3 on the year, and 0-1 on the road. North Carolina moves to 7-2 and 4-2 at the Smith Center.
- The Tar Heels move their series lead to 23-13 overall.
- Kentucky will return to the hardwood Saturday, Dec. 21, as Belmont travels to Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for noon ET on ESPNU.
- Today’s attendance was 21,565.
- Kentucky started with the lineup of sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshmen Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young. That lineup is 4-3 on the year. UK has used that starting five in each of its last four games.
- Dakari Johnson and Dominique Hawkins were the first subs in the game. It marked the third time Hawkins and Johnson have been the first Wildcats off the bench.
- After taking a 4-2 lead with 17:44 in the first half, UK led for more than 12 minutes until a James Joel jumper put the Tar Heels up 24-23 with 5:32 remaining in the first half.
- The 15 called fouls in the first half marks the most fouls in the opening half for the Wildcats, topping UK’s 12 fouls in the first half against Michigan State.
- UNC got to the free throw line at a greater rate in the first half than any previous UK opponent, with Carolina’s 21 free throw attempts besting the previous high of a UK opponent, 11 from Michigan State.
- Five 3-point attempts in the first half for the Wildcats ties a season low. UK previously only attempted five 3s in the first half vs. Providence. UNC’s 3-point attempts in the first half is also a low for UK opponents.
- UK trailed 33-30 at the end of the first half; the Wildcats are 1-2 this season when trailing at the half.
- The Wildcats briefly regained the lead at 40-39 with 16:03 left in the second half on an Andrew Harrison free throw.
- After a back-and-forth battle for the lead UNC captured the advantage on a layup with 13:26 left in the game to take a 48-46 edge it would never relinquish.
- The Tar Heels stretched the lead to as much as eight on two free throws with 6:53 to play but Randle responded with a layup and two free throws to cut the lead.
- After trailing 66-58 with 5:33 left in the game, UK scored five unanswered to cut the game to three with under four to play, but that would be all the closer the Cats would get.
- UK bested North Carolina from the charity stripe .674 compared to .578 for UNC. It marked the fifth time the Wildcats shot a better percent from than line than their opponent,
- Kentucky dominated North Carolina on the boards, pulling down 44 rebounds to UNC’s 32.
- The game featured eight ties and six lead changes
- Aaron Harrison scored a team-high 20 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field and knocking down his only 3-point attempt.
- This is the third time Aaron Harrison has led the team in scoring.
- He has reached double-figure scoring in five-consecutive games.
- Tonight marked the third 20-point performance of his career.
- Andrew Harrison delivered 17 points and a career-high seven assists
- He has now scored double-digit points in six games.
- Shot a career-high 17 free throws, connecting on 10.
- James Young poured in 16 points and added five rebounds.
- He knocked down eight made free throws which is a new season high.
- Has knocked down multiple 3-pointers in seven games this season, including making at least one in all but one game this year.
- Willie Cauley-Stein ended the game with five points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.
- Was a force in the paint in the first half, pulling down nine rebounds and swatting three shots.
- Has logged three or more rejections in six-straight games.
- The 12 rebounds is just one shy of a career-high which he set against Robert Morris earlier this year.
- Alex Poythress recorded six points and eight rebounds.
- The eight boards marked the most rebounds for the sophomore since grabbing 12 against Michigan State in the third game of the season.
- Julius Randle recorded 11 points and added five rebounds.
- He has reached double-figure scoring in every game this season. It is the most consecutive games in double-figures since Brandon Knight scored 10 or more in 28-straight games from Nov. 30, 2010 through March 13, 2011.