Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein were the first subs off the bench for UK. Poythress' name has been called first a team-high 20 times and Cauley-Stein has been first on 15 occasions.
Poythress hit a 3-pointer at the 13:35 mark of the first half to extend UK's 3-point streak to 895 consecutive games. Kentucky entered the game tied with Vanderbilt for the nation's second-longest streak. By extending the streak, UK officially takes over the second-longest streak in the country trailing only UNLV.
John Calipari coached teams are 125-38 in the months of March and April.
Calipari is 39-13 all-time as a coach in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to today's game, only seniors Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson and junior Brian Long had logged a minute in NCAA Tournament action. The trio had combined for 10 total minutes.
First Half Facts
Andrew Harrison made one of two free throws prior to the jump ball after Kansas State was assessed a technical foul for dunking in warm-ups.
A 14-2 run over a 5:17 time frame which was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Aaron Harrison gave UK a 19-10 lead with 8:21 remaining in the half.
A 6-0 run by Kansas State trimmed UK's 12-point advantage to just six at 29-23 with under a minute to play in the half.
That score held into the break. The Wildcats improve to 21-2 when leading at halftime this season.
Second Half Facts
Kansas State cut Kentucky's advantage to two at 35-33 into the second timeout of the second half with 14:54 remaining.
A 7-0 spurt, which included a technical foul being assessed to Kansas State's Shane Southwell, allowed Kentucky to push the lead back to nine at 42-33 with 12:32 remaining.
Willie Cauley-Stein finished with two points and eight rebounds. He also added four blocks and four steals.
Registered four or more blocks in three of his last four games.
Passed Nerlens Noel (105) for second place on the single-season blocks list at Kentucky.
Had four steals marking the third time this season and the sixth time in his career he has had at least three swipes in a single outing.