Kentucky leads the series, 12-0, and is 18-0 all-time against teams from the current configuration of the Southern Conference.
Tonight opened a five-game homestand. The Wildcats have two more games before the Christmas break, Tuesday against Samford at 7 p.m. (ESPN2) and Thursday vs. Loyola-Maryland at 1 p.m. (Fox Sports South).
UK won the tip and began the scoring with an alley-oop dunk by Anthony Davis.
The Cats followed with two steals and baskets.
UTC didn’t have a shot hit the rim until 18:08.
The Moccasins got on the board at the 16:11 mark on a turnaround baseline jumper by Drazen Zlovaric.
UK led by as many as 20 points in the first half and took a 39-23 lead into the locker room.
Anthony Davis notched a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The last Wildcat to get a first-half D-D was DeMarcus Cousins, who had 15 and 10 against LSU on Feb. 6, 2010.
Ahead 53-37, UK made a 13-0 run that featured consecutive three-pointers by Kyle Wiltjer, giving the Wildcats a 66-37 advantage.
After an emphatic follow dunk by Anthony Davis with 3:09 to go, UK had its biggest lead of the game at 87-53.
Coach John Calipari removed the starters from the game at that point.
Twany Beckham, a transfer from Mississippi State, made his first appearance as a Wildcat.
Kentucky has scored at least 87 points in five of its 10 games this season.
UK made 12 of 33 three-pointers, season highs in both categories.
UK limited the visitors to 33.3 percent from the field, 21 of 63. UK has held seven opponents under 34 percent shooting this season.
In its 109th season of basketball, Kentucky is the NCAA’s all-time wins leader with 2,061 wins.
The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to 40 games, the second-longest active streak in the nation. The run includes the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and the last 39 games at Rupp Arena.
UK is a perfect 39-0 under Coach John Calipari at Rupp Arena, the longest win streak in venue history.
UK owns a 465-60 all-time record in Rupp Arena.
Since the 2000 season, Calipari-coached teams have posted a 193-19 record at home.