This was the first meeting between UK and Loyola-Maryland. The Wildcats are 14-0 all-time against teams from the current configuration of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, including 2-0 this season.
After the Christmas break, Kentucky continues the five-game homestand Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8:30 p.m. vs. Lamar. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Key stat in first half: Loyola 4 of 10 on three pointers, UK 0 of 6 from long range.
With the score 51-46, Kentucky made its first three-pointer with 17:12 remaining when Kyle Wiltjer swished from the left corner.
Wiltjer's three began a 22-4 run that gave UK a 73-50 advantage. Wiltjer scored 10 points in the 22-4 spurt.
From there, Kentucky coasted to an 87-63 win.
Kentucky shot 53.8 percent from the field, making 28 of 52 shots. It's the seventh time this season that the Wildcats made at least half their shots in a game.
Kentucky made 28 of 37 free throws, season highs in both categories.
UK is 57-1 under Calipari when the opponents scores 67 or fewer points.
The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to 42 games, the second-longest active streak in the nation. The run includes the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and the last 41 games at Rupp Arena.
UK is a perfect 41-0 under Coach John Calipari at Rupp Arena, the longest win streak in venue history.
UK owns a 467-60 all-time record in Rupp Arena.
Since the 2000 season, Calipari-coached teams have posted a 195-19 record at home.
In its 109th season of basketball, Kentucky is the NCAA's all-time wins leader with 2,063 wins.