Kentucky-Tennessee State Postgame Notes

Dec. 22, 2008

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • With the win, Kentucky improves to 9-3, and with the loss, Tennessee State drops to 3-7.
  • UK has won 10 of its last 11, with the lone loss coming against No. 21 Miami on Dec. 3.
  • Kentucky leads the all-time series with Tennessee State , 4-0, including a 3-0 mark in Lexington .
  • The Wildcats own a 309-109 all-time record against teams from the state of Tennessee .
  • Kentucky has won 80 of its last 99 home games and owns a 421-56 all-time record in historic Rupp Arena.
  • UK owns a perfect 33-0 record against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • Tonight was Kentucky 's 2,600 th all-time game. The Wildcats are 1,975-624-1.
  • The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Dec. 27, hosting Florida Atlantic at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net South.

First-Half Notes

  • Kentucky started the game with the lineup of Kevin Galloway, Michael Porter, Perry Stevenson, Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson for the fourth consecutive game.
    • UK is 4-0 with this starting lineup this season.
  • Patrick Patterson won the tip, with UK and Patterson winning 10-of-12 jump balls this season.
  • With a three from Jodie Meeks at the top of the key, UK has now made a three pointer in 685 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in the nation.
  • For the third consecutive game, UK opened up on at least a 10-0 run, gaining a 15-0 lead to start the contest.
  • UK 's 15-0 run to open the game was the 13th run of 10 or more points this season.
    • The 15-0 run is UK 's largest run in the last three games, and the largest of the season to open a game
    • UK 's largest run of the season was 21 against Lamar.
  • At the time of the first media timeout (15:30), UK had held Tennessee State scoreless, the third consecutive game an opponent had not scored before the first media timeout. Appalachian State was held scoreless until the 14:49 mark and Indiana did not register a point until the 13:35 mark.
  • Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins were the first Wildcats to sub in off the bench, checking in for Michael Porter and Kevin Galloway.
  • Tennessee State got on the board for the first time with a Gershom Jordan bucket with 13:24 to play in the first half.
  • At the time of the second media timeout (7:45), the Wildcats owned a 30-12 lead, using eight points from Jodie Meeks and six from each Perry Stevenson and Patrick Patterson.
  • UK took its first 20-point lead of the game with a putback from Perry Stevenson at the 6:31 mark.
  • With a fast-break layup with 5:49 left in the half, Jodie Meeks has recorded double figures in the first half for the seventh game this season.
  • With 10 points in the first half, Perry Stevenson recorded double-figure points for the second time in his career, the last coming on Jan. 22, 2008 against UT, totaling 10 points in the first frame.
  • At the half, UK owned a 59-24 lead - its largest point total at half time - eclipsing the previous mark of 56 points against Lamar.
    • Three UK players totaled double figures in the half, including Meeks, Patrick Patterson and Perry Stevenson.
    • Stevenson grabbed a half-best seven rebounds.
    • Kentucky had a 16-6 assist-turnover margin in the first half, outrebounded TSU 24-15 and posted a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points.
    • UK scored 19 points off Tennessee State turnovers.
    • UK maintained a 16-1 advantage in assists over TSU in the first frame.
  • Jodie Meeks poured in 27 points in the first half, with two assists and three rebounds.
    • Meeks' 27 points in the half marked the second consecutive game and the third game this season he had outscored the opposition at half (Kansas State, Appalachian State, Tennessee State).
    • Meeks tied a school-record seven three pointers in the first half, equaling Tayshaun Prince (vs. North Carolina , 2001) and Derrick Miller (vs. Kansas , 1989).

Second-Half Notes

  • UK opened the second half with the same starting lineup as the first half.
  • Darius Miller was the first to check in off the bench in the second half, subbing in for Jodie Meeks with 19:38 left in the contest.
  • With a 92-41 lead at the 8:01 mark, UK notched its largest lead this season, a 51-point advantage, eclipsing the previous mark of 45 against Lamar.

Team Notes

  • UK is the all-time NCAA wins leader with 1,975 wins.
  • Spanning the last game against Appalachian State, Kentucky ran up a streak of 25 consecutive made free throws, before DeAndre Liggins missed the back-end of a shooting foul in the second half.
    • UK made 12-of-13 free throws in the game and have now made 31 of its last 33 free throw attempts.
  • UK shot a total of 56-percent (40-for-72) from the field, connecting on over 50-percent for the seventh time this season and the third time in the last four games.
  • Kentucky connected on 10-of-25 three-point attempts, a 40-percent clip, the fourth consecutive game with over 40-percent three-point shooting.
  • UK finished with a 30-16 assist-turnover ratio, with 30 assists marking a season-high, seven more than the Longwood and Indiana contests.
  • UK forced Tennessee State into a 2-19 assist-turnover margin, the worst for a UK opponent this season, as UK forced Delaware State into a 5-22 assist-turnover total.
  • UK had three players tally double-figure points for the seventh time in the last eight games.
  • UK totaled 102 points, marking the first time recording 100 points three times in a season since the 1996-97 campaign.
    • UK has now scored at least 100 points in 49 games all-time.
  • With a 49-27 advantage on the board, UK has outrebounded 11 of 12 opponents this season.
  • The Wildcats held TSU to 32-percent (19-for-59) shooting from the field, with UK now holding all 12 of its opponents under 50-percent this season.
  • Tennessee State shot just 28-percent (4-for-14) from behind the arc. UK has held 11 of its 12 opponents to under 50-percent from the three-point line.
  • Kentucky , winners of 20 NCAA attendance titles in Rupp Arena including 12 of the last 13, had an attendance of 21,958 for Monday's game.

Individual Notes

  • Following his career-high performance with 46 points against Appalachian State in Freedom Hall on Saturday, junior Jodie Meeks tallied 32 points, connecting on 8-of-15 three pointers and 10-of-19 from the field.
    • Meeks has now hit a three pointer in every game this season and has eight or more threes in two straight games.
    • Meeks has connected on multiple threes in the last six games.
    • Meeks tied a school-record seven three pointers in the first half, equaling Tayshaun Prince (vs. North Carolina , 2001) and Derrick Miller (vs. Kansas , 1989).
    • Meeks has connected on 12 straight free throws, dating back to his last eight free-throw attempts against Appalachian State.
    • Meeks' 27 points in the half marked the second consecutive game and the third game this season he had outscored the opposition at half (Kansas State, Appalachian State, Tennessee State).
    • Meeks scored at least 20 points in two straight games, marking the first UK player to accomplish the feat since Joe Crawford vs. Georgia (3/15/08) and Marquette (3/20/08).
    • Meeks has totaled double figures in 12 straight games, each game this season.
    • Meeks' six rebounds was one shy of his career high, seven against North Carolina this season.
    • Meeks' launched 15 three-point attempts, the most since Jamal Mashburn lofted 15 three pointers against South Carolina on Jan. 4, 1992.
  • Patrick Patterson led all scorers with a career-high 33 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
    • Patterson's 33 points eclipsed his previous career high of 31, set against Lamar on Dec. 3, 2008.
    • Patterson notched his 13th career double-double and the seventh of the season. Patterson is now tied for 27th all-time on the UK double-double list.
    • Patterson has totaled double figure points in nine straight games and in 10-of-12 games this season.
    • Patterson has seven games with at least 10 rebounds this season and 13 in his career, leading UK in rebounding 20 times in his career.
    • Patterson has multiple blocked shots in five consecutive games and has a block in 11-of-12 games this year.
  • Perry Stevenson totaled 12 points and seven rebounds, blocking one shot and adding two assists.
    • With 10 points in the first half, Perry Stevenson recorded double-figure points in the first half for the second time in his career, the last coming on Jan. 22, 2008 against UT, when he totaled 10 points in the first frame.
    • Stevenson recorded five or more rebounds for the fifth consecutive game.
    • Stevenson blocked a shot for the fifth straight game.
  • Michael Porter tied his career-high with seven assists and just one turnover in 25 minutes, adding two steals.
    • Porter's seven assists equaled his previous career, set against UAB in 2007-08.
    • Porter's seven assists also marked a season-best for UK , as freshman DeAndre Liggins doled out seven dimes against North Carolina .
  • Kevin Galloway hauled in a career-high five rebounds, adding four assists, one steal and two points.
  • Freshman Darius Miller totaled a career-high tying five assists, five points and three rebounds in 20 minutes.