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UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY AT TEXAS A&M

REED ARENA | COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

FEB. 10, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 13,263

Final Score: #24/24 Kentucky 74, Texas A&M 85

                                                         

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 17-8 overall and 6-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M is 17-8, 6-6 in league play. 
  • Kentucky leads the series 9-4, including 3-2 in College Station.
  • Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky plays Wednesday at Auburn. Game time is 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST in Auburn) and it will be televised by ESPN2.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the 11th time this season. UK is 6-5 with this lineup.
  • Kentucky extended its streak of 1,038 consecutive games with a 3-pointer when Knox connected with 17:33 on the clock in the opening half.
  • Gilgeous-Alexander scored the opening basket for Kentucky 1:27 into the game.
  • Kentucky missed its last nine field goals and was scoreless from 16:29-11:18. During this 5:11 stretch, TAMU went on a 7-0 run to lead 12-8.
  • UK dropped to a zone and held TAMU without a point for from 10:36-7:50. TAMU answered with a 6-0 run.
  • Brad Calipari checked in with 6:36 left. It was his first action since Jan. 16 at South Carolina.
  • Knox scored in double figures for the eighth time in an opening half this season.
  • Kentucky ended the first half on an 8-0 run to lead 30-26 which is the first time UK has lead at halftime since Jan. 23 vs. Mississippi State.
  • Kentucky is now 11-3 when leading at the half.

In the Second Half

  • Texas A&M opened the second half on a 17-2 run forcing Kentucky to call a timeout at 16:16.
  • UK held Texas A&M to 26 points in the first half, but the Aggies matched that by the 12:48 mark of the second half.
  • TAMU shot 66.7 percent in the second half and was 7 of 9 on 3-pointers.
  • Kentucky went on an 8-0 run from 3:49-0:56 to cut the deficit to eight, but would get no closer.
  • Gilgeous-Alexander and Diallo scored 13 points in the second half.

Team Notes

  • UK is now 3-3 this season in games decided by three points or less.
  • UK is 42-11 in “bounce back” games (following losses) under John Calipari.
  • This is the first time that Kentucky has lost three games in a row under Calipari.
  • Kentucky allowed 40 rebounds, which tied the most allowed this season. Last time was on Jan. 16 at South Carolina.
  • UK allowed 59 points in the second half, which is the most this season.

Player Notes

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander totaled 19 points, three rebounds and eight assists. 
    • Alexander has averaged 19.75 points over the last four games.
    • It is the 10th time this season he has had at least six assists, including the fifth time in the last seven games.
  • Kevin Knox had 18 points, his 19th double-figure game of the season.
  • PJ Washington had five points and led the Wildcats in rebounding with eight.
  • Hamidou Diallo scored 13 points which all came in the second half. It was his 14th double-figure game of the season.

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has a 711-201 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari is now 266-61 at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 8-3 vs. Texas A&M in his career.
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