Kentucky-Louisville Postgame Notes

Dec. 27, 2014

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Team Records, Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 13-0 overall to start the season, while Louisville falls to 11-1.
  • UK now leads the series 33-15
  • Kentucky improved to 7-1 against Louisville under head coach John Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 191-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 31 of the last 33 games as the Associated Press top-ranked team.
    • Calipari has led three teams to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 74-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 33-4 at UK.
  • UK is 3-0 away from Rupp Arena this season.
    • Saturday was UK's first true road game of the year, making the Wildcats 1-0 this season as the away team.
  • By beating Louisville by eight points, the Wildcats' school-record run of consecutive double-digit wins to begin a season ended at 12.
  • With 13 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK is off to the seventh-best start in program history.
  • Kentucky will not play again until the new year. The Wildcats begin Southeastern Conference play against Ole Miss on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena on the SEC Network.

Team Facts

  • Four freshmen, Tyler Ulis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles, combined for 39 of Kentucky's 58 points.
  • Kentucky's starting lineup consisted of Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony for the third straight game.
  • Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson entered the game for Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Towns and Cauley-Stein with 16:26 to go in the first half, marking the first UK subs of the game.
  • Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5:23 to go in the first half, extending UK's streak of consecutive games with at least one made 3 to 913. Kentucky entered the game with the second-longest streak in the country, behind only UNLV.
  • UK held Louisville to 25.9-percent shooting, marking the eighth opponent this season the Cats have limited to less than 30 percent from the floor.
    • UK has played five ranked opponents this season, and four of the five have been held to 30 percent or lower from the field.
  • The Cats have held 11 of their 13 opponents to 55 points or fewer and 10 of 13 to their lowest point total of the season.
    • Louisville's 50 points was the Cardinals' second-fewest total points in a game this year (45 vs. Cleveland State)
    • With 11 opponents held to 55 or fewer this season, UK has matched a program record for opponents held to 55 or fewer in an entire season through just 13 games. It matches the record set by the 2011-12, 2004-05 and 1996-97 teams.
  • With UK holding Louisville to just one assist, it marked the fewest-ever assists by a UK opponent, with immediate records available dating back to 1999-2000.
  • UK blocked just three shots.
    • The Wildcats have blocked 10 or more shots seven times in 13 games.
    • The three blocked shots are the fewest in a game this season, and the fewest since having one block against Wisconsin on April 5, 2014 in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Louisville was limited to just 18 points in the opening half. It marks the 10th time in 26 halves this season in which an opponent scored 20 or fewer points.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky's 22 first-half points were a season low.
  • Louisville forced UK into a season-high-tying 10 first-half turnovers.
  • Kentucky out-rebounded Louisville 22-18 in the first half.
  • Kentucky led for the first 13:03 of the game, but never by more than four at any time.
    • Four was the margin by which UK led at half.
  • Louisville took its first lead of the game, 13-12, at the 6:57 mark in the first half.
    • It was the only lead they would have in the entire contest, as UK retook the lead with 5:23 to go in the first half on a 3 by Aaron Harrison, and the Wildcats did not trail the remainder of the period.

Second-Half Facts

  • Twelve of Tyler Ulis' UK-high 14 points came in the second half.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein picked up his fourth foul with 10:13 remaining in the second half. He went to the bench after that foul and did not return until 6:05 was remaining.
  • Louisville made a field goal at the 10:13 mark in the second half, and then scored its next nine points off of free throws.
    • U of L went through a span of more than seven minutes between made field goals between the Montrez Harrell field goal at the 10:13 mark and a made 3-pointer by Chris Jones with 2:16 to go.

Individual Notes

  • Tyler Ulis led UK with a career-high 14 points, with 12 of them coming in the second half.
    • Ulis did not have any turnovers.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns was UK's second-leading scorer with 10 points, for his fifth double-figure game of the year.
    • He tied Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles with a game-high nine rebounds, with a season-high-tying five of them having come on the offensive end.
  • Dakari Johnson tied Towns with nine rebounds, seven of them having come on the defensive end.
  • Marcus Lee blocked three shots. He was the only Wildcat to block any shots.