Kentucky improves to 32-2 on the season while Mississippi State falls to
UK is 86-20 against the Bulldogs, including an 8-2 mark in the SEC Tournament.
The Wildcats are 113-22 all-time in the SEC Tournament and 27-8 in SEC
Tournament championship games.
UK is 9-1 all-time in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Most wins since the 2003 team went 32-4.
Coach John Calipari has now won five-straight conference tournament championships,
dating back to his Conference USA days.
SEC Tournament Notes
This marks UK's 26 th SEC Tournament title and first since 2004.
Freshman John Wall was named the SEC Tournament MVP while freshmen Eric
Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins were named to the All-Tournament team. At least
one UK player has been named to the All-Tournament team in 13 of the last
19 tournaments and a Wildcat has been named MVP 14 times since 1979.
This was the first time since 2008 that Kentucky played an overtime game
in the SEC Tournament. UK improves to 4-2 in OT during the SEC Tournament.
It was UK's first overtime game in the SEC Tournament championship game
since defeating Arkansas 95-92 in 1995.
UK improves to 3-0 in overtime games this season.
UK and Mississippi State have now played back-to-back overtime games.
The last time Kentucky and Mississippi State met in the SEC Tournament
was in 2007. That game also went into overtime. UK improves to 3-1 in SEC
Tournament Championship games against the Bulldogs.
Darnell Dodson was the first sub off the bench for Kentucky. It was Dodson's
fourth time as the first Wildcat off the bench.
Kentucky extended its streak of game with a three-pointer to 745 games,
the third longest streak in the country.
With DeMarcus Cousins' block at the 10:15 mark of the first half, the 2010
squad became the best shot blocking team in UK history with 246 blocks, surpassing
the 1998 team's previous record of 240 blocks.
The Wildcats trailed 35-31 at halftime, only the seventh time UK has trailed
after the first half this season. UK is now 6-1) when trailing at the half
Kentucky forced its sixth shot-clock violation this season.
In the two games between Kentucky and Mississippi State this season, there
were 12 ties and 20 lead changes. There 14 ties and 11 lead changes in the
first meeting with MSU in Starkville.
UK was out-rebounded 43-37 and improves to 8-1 when being out-rebounded.