UK-South Florida Postgame Notes

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 1/1 Kentucky vs. South Florida – Miami Hoophall Invitational
American Airlines Arena – Miami
Nov. 27, 2015
Attendance: TBA

 

Final Score: No. 1/1 Kentucky 84, USF 63


Team Records and Series Notes

Kentucky moved to 6-0 on the season. USF dropped to 1-5.
Kentucky now has a 1-0 lead in the all-time series.
Kentucky will return to Rupp Arena Monday, Nov. 30, against Illinois State at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Game Notes

Kentucky started with the lineup of Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis for the fourth game in a row. That starting lineup is 4-0 this season. 
After falling behind 2-0 and then 4-2, Kentucky did not trail the rest of the game.
With Kentucky leading 27-21 with six minutes to play in the first, UK closed the first half on a 15-0 to take a 42-21 lead at the break.
Kentucky led by as many as 31 at the 11:43 mark in the second half. 
The second-half score was 42-42.

Team Notes

Kentucky finished the Hoophall Miami Invitational 4-0.
UK has won 37 straight regular-season games. The Wildcats’ last regular-season loss was at Florida on March 8, 2014.
With 2,184 all-time wins, Kentucky is the nation’s leader in that category. 
Coach John Calipari has a 641-178 (.783) all-time record, including a 19-38 (.838) mark at Kentucky.  
Kentucky is now 121-5 (.960) under Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
Jamal Murray made a 3-pointer at the 11:46 mark of the opening half, extending UK’s streak of games with a made 3-pointer to 945, the second-longest streak in the nation. 
UK shot 50 percent from the field, the fourth game this season the Cats made at least half their shots.
Kentucky’s 21-point margin of victory was the second best of the season (plus-30 vs. NJIT Nov. 14).
For the third time in the last 50 seasons, UK has won each of its first six games of a season by at least 11 points (1982-1983, 2014-2015, 2015-2016).
For the second time since 1982-1983 UK has won each of its first six games of a season while scoring at least 74 points (1987-1988, 2015-2016).
Top-Ranked Notes
Kentucky was ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls released Monday.  
UK owns an all-time record of 217-28 (.886) as the nation’s top-ranked team.
UK is 65-5 (.928) under Calipari when ranked No. 1 and the Wildcats have been in the No. 1 slot in five of the seven years of Calipari’s term in Lexington.
Calipari is 106-10 (.914) all-time as the head coach of the AP’s No. 1 team.

Player Notes  

Freshman Jamal Murray notched a career-high 21 points to lead all scorers.
He tied his career high with two made 3s, an output he has reached in four of six games this year.
Murray has made at least one three in all six games this year.
Freshman Skal Labissiere scored 17 points.
He was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line, a new career high in made free throws. 
He blocked three shots.
Freshman Charles Matthews scored a career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
He knocked down his first-career 3-pointer.
He was 2 of 2 from the free-throw line after entering the game 2 of 6 from the line this season.
Freshman Isaiah Briscoe had the game high in assists (seven) and tied Marcus Lee for the team high in rebounds (six).
He chipped in six points, his season low, as he failed to score in double figures for the first time this year.
Sophomore Tyler Ulis scored eight points and added two steals and two assists in 14 minutes, a season low.
He left the game in the first half with a hyperextended elbow injury. He is day to day.
He was 2 of 2 from behind the 3-point line, tying his season high in made 3s. His 3-point shooting percentage was a season high.
Freshman guard Jonny David scored his first career points at the free-throw line in the final minute of the game.