Alex Poythress was the first sub off the bench for UK. It was his team-leading 24th time being the first called upon.
Andrew Harrison’s 3-pointer in the first half extended UK’s 3-point streak to 900 consecutive games. It is the second-longest streak in the country.
John Calipari coached teams are now 129-39 in the months of March and April.
Calipari is 43-14 (.754) all-time as a coach in the NCAA Tournament. His career winning-percentage is the first among active head coaches.
Kentucky had won 11-straight NCAA Tournament games entering tonight’s contest. That’s the most consecutive victories for a team in the NCAA Tournament since Florida won 12-straight en route to its national titles in 2006 and 2007.
First Half Facts
UConn raced out to a 6-2 lead to open the half following consecutive fast-break opportunities.
A 7-0 spurt in under a minute of action gave UConn a 13-6 lead midway through the half. The lead extended to nine at 17-8 with 13:08 remaining.
A Shabazz Napier 3-pointer with 8:31 left gave UConn it’s largest lead at 24-12, but Andrew Harrison followed with a 3-pointer of his own on the following possession.
UK stared at its largest deficit of the NCAA Tournament when the Huskies went up 30-15, but a quick 5-0 run quickly cut the lead to 10 at 30-20 with 5:13 remaining in the half.
The Wildcats closed the half on a 16-5 run to cut the double-digit deficit to just four, 35-31, going into the break.
UK is 6-9 on the year when trailing at the break, but 3-1 during postseason competition.
Second Half Facts
An Aaron Harrison 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half cut the UConn lead to 35-34.
After cutting it to just a two-point lead at 41-39, the Huskies scored nine-straight points to recapture a three possession lead at 48-39 with 10:59 to go.
An 8-0 run, over a 3:16 span, by the Wildcats made the score 48-47 with 8:17 to go. But Connecticut got back-to-back 3-pointers from Napier and Niels Giffee and UK got no closer than four points the remainder of the game.
James Young led the Wildcats with 20 points and seven rebounds.
It was his ninth 20-point game this season.
Earned Final Four All-Tournament team honors.
Andrew Harrison had eight points, a game-high five assists and three steals.
Dished out four or more assists in 11 of UK’s last 13 games.
Pushing through on a gimpy ankle, Julius Randle totaled 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Randle got 417 rebounds this season and passed Anthony Davis (415) for the most rebounds by a freshman in single-season school history.