Kentucky-Louisville Postgame Notes
Kentucky 69, Louisville 61
March 31, 2012
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Kentucky moved 37-2, while Louisville dropped to 30-10.
The Wildcats are 30-14 all-time against Louisville and 3-2 against the Cardinals in the NCAA Tournament.
UK is now 110-46 in NCAA Tournament games.
Kentucky’s 110 tournament wins is the most in the country.
The Wildcats are 18-7 in Final Four games and 8-3 in national semifinal games.
Kentucky is 36-13 all-time in New Orleans and 6-2 in NCAA Tournament games played in New Orleans.
John Calipari is 37-13 in the NCAA Tournament.
John Calipari will coach in his second national championship on Monday night. The Wildcats will face the winner of the Kansas/Ohio State game on Monday in the national championship game. It is Kentucky’s first appearance in the championship since winning the 1998 National Championship.
Team game notes
The Wildcats used the starting combination of
Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague for the 28th time this season. UK is 27-1 with that starting five.
Darius Miller was the first sub off the bench for UK. It was his 26th time as the Wildcat sixth man. Kentucky extended its streak of games with a 3-pointer to 826 games, the third-longest streak in the country.
With seven blocked shots, the Wildcats pushed their NCAA record number of blocks to 333.
After Louisville scored the game’s opening basket, Kentucky hit its first four shots of the game, going on an 8-0 run to take an 8-2 lead.
The Wildcats went into the locker room at halftime leading 35-28. Kentucky is 31-0 when leading at halftime.
UK shot 60 pct. in the first half, the third time in the tournament the Cats have hit better than 50 pct. from the field in the first half.
The Wildcats shot 57.1 pct. from the field for the game, the fourth time in five NCAA Tournament games UK has hit better than 50 pct. from the field.
Anthony Davis’ five blocked shots are the third most in a Final Four game and second most in a semifinal game in tournament history.
Individual game notes
Finished with 13 points pushing his career total to 1,243 points, placing him 35th on the UK all-time scoring list.
Ranks 10th on UK’s all-time 3-point field goals list with 174.
Averaging 13.2 in NCAA Tournament.
Has hit 21 of last 22 free throws.
With six points, Jones moves to 53rd on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,055 career points.
#14 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament.
With 10 points moved to within 4 points of his 1,000th career point. Would be the 60th member of the 1,000-point club and the third one this season.
Averaging 15.4 in NCAA Tournament.
With 18 points and 14 rebounds, recorded his 20th double-double, tying the UK freshman record (
DeMarcus Cousins) for double-doubles. With five blocks, moved to second on the NCAA all-time freshman block list with 180. He is two blocks shy of tying the freshman record 182 (Hassan Whiteside, Marshall; 2010).
Averaging 15.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.6 blocks in NCAA Tournament.
Finished with five assists to three turnovers. In last 21 games, has 112 assists to 51 turnovers, a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Averaging 13.2 points and 5.2 assists in NCAA Tournament.