Kentucky improves to 27-7 while Michigan State ends its season at 23-10.
Today's win for UK snaps a three-game losing streak in the series with
Michigan State. The Spartans maintain a slight 3-2 advantage in the series.
UK is now 1-1 against Michigan State in NCAA Tournament meetings. In the
previous series meeting, the Spartans defeated UK 67-63 in the second round
of the 2006 NCAA Tournament in Chicago, Ill. (3/20/06).
Kentucky snaps an eight-game losing streak to Big Ten opponents and improves
its overall mark against the league to 29-41.
Coach Matthew Mitchell's overall record improves to 90-68, including a
60-39 mark at UK. Mitchell's record against Michigan State moves to 1-0.
Kentucky completes its all-time record at Freedom Hall at 11-11.
NCAA Tournament Notes
Up next: Kentucky advances to the Kansas City regional
semifinals where it will face the winner of top-seed Nebraska vs. No. 8 seed
UCLA on Sunday, March 28. Tip time is to be announced.
Kentucky advances to the NCAA regional semifinals for the first time since
The Wildcats improve their NCAA Tournament record to 6-6 overall and 1-2
in second-round contests.
UK's 18-point win marks the Wildcats' largest margin of victory in the
NCAA Tournament. The previous high was 10 points in a 69-59 first-round victory
over Chattanooga in 2006.
The 52 points allowed were the fewest for a UK opponent in the NCAA Tournament.
The previous low was 59 to Chattanooga in 2006.
Kentucky held Michigan State to 34.5 percent shooting from the field (19-of-55).
It marks the lowest shooting effort by a UK opponent in the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans' 16.7 percent shooting from three-point range (2-of-12) was
also the lowest by a UK opponent at the NCAA Tournament.
The win also marks the first time Kentucky has placed its men's and women's
basketball programs into the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals since 1982.
Team Game Notes
Key run: Kentucky closed the first half and started the
second half with runs that decided the contest. The Wildcats trailed 28-24
with 6:43 left in the first half when they closed on an 11-3 spurt. UK then
opened the second stanza on a 17-8 run that gave the Wildcats a 52-39 advantage
with 12:18 remaining. Eight different UK players scored during the combined
runs led by Rebecca Gray's six points. Lydia Watkins, A'dia Mathies and Amani
Franklin had four points each.
Kentucky extends the school record for wins in a season to 27.
UK extended its streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 222
consecutive games, dating back to the 2003-04 season.
UK swiped 14 steals against the Spartans to set the school record for steals
in a season with 396. The previous record of 382 steals was set by the 1990-91
squad. UK has swiped 10 or more steals in 25 games this season.
Kentucky has held its opponent under 50 percent field goal shooting in
32 of 34 games this season.
Kentucky forced Michigan State into 18 turnovers. The Wildcats are 24-6
when forcing more turnovers than the opponent.
UK improves to 18-1 when scoring 70 or more points in a game this season;
23-1 when outscoring the opponent in the paint (36-18 against the Spartans);
20-1 when holding its opponent under 60 points and 18-0 when out-rebounding
its opponent (40-37).