Kentucky improves to 7-1 and 1-1 in neutral site games. Providence falls to 7-2 on the year.
UK now leads the series 2-0. The only other matchup occurred on March 18, 1976 in Madison Square Garden.
Tonight’s game marks the first of five other matchups in the month of December for UK that features a team with two losses or fewer and are either receiving votes or ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll.
Kentucky will remain on the road for another neutral contest on Friday, Dec. 6 in Arlington, Texas. UK’s men’s and women’s squads will play a doubleheader vs. Baylor in AT&T Stadium.
Alex Poythress was UK’s first sub off the bench. It is the third time this season he has checked into the game first.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 6-0 lead to start the game. It marked the most successive points to start a game this season for UK.
UK has now made a 3-pointer in 868 consecutive games when Poythress sunk a long ball from the corner at the 16:20 mark.
Kentucky led 39-35 at the break. UK is 5-0 when leading at halftime.
After Providence pulled to within one at 39-38, Kentucky went on an 8-0 run spurred by the player of Willie Cauley-Stein who had six points, three rebounds and a pair of blocks in the spurt.
UK shot a season-high .643 (27-of-42) from the field. That mark is good for third in the John Calipari era and the best since a .697 clip against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 23, 2012. The Wildcats also connected on 6-of-8 from behind the arc for a season-high .750 percentage.
UK out-rebounded Providence by a 35-30 margin. Kentucky has out-rebounded every opponent it has faced this season.
The Wildcats went 19-of-25 from the free throw line. It marked the first game this season the Blue and White have not hit at least 20 shots from the charity stripe.