UK Post Game Notes Following Win Over North Dakota

Posted at 12:18 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 00:37:35-05
Kentucky’s Reid Travis, left, shoots while defended by North Dakota’s Kienan Walter (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

The Kentucky Basketball team was able to raise its record to 2-1 this season thanks to five Wildcats scoring in double figures in the 96-58 win over North Dakota.

After the game these were some of the key post game notes for the team and individual play.

Team Records and Series Notes

·     Both teams are 2-1 on the season.

·     This was the first meeting between the teams.

·     Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats will host Virginia Military Institute on Sunday for the second of the four-game Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase. That game is slated for a 6 p.m. tip on the SEC Network.

In the First Half

·     Kentucky started Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the second game in a row.

·     The teams traded scores early, and after two ties and five lead changes, UK held a 17-16 lead seven minutes into the contest.

·     At that point, UK took control with a 15-0 run for a 32-16 lead.

·     The Wildcats finished the half with a 7-0 spurt for a 46-25 score, also representing the team’s largest lead of the opening period.

·     Six Wildcats scored in the first half. Buoyed by a career-high two 3-pointers, P.J. Washington led the scoring with 10 points.

In the Second Half

·     Kentucky opened the second stanza with Quickley, Herro, Johnson, Travis and Richards.

·     A 10-0 spurt early in the half pushed the score to 60-32.

·     With 13:32 left, a North Dakota player missed two free throws, winning free Chick-fil-A for all in attendance!

·     UK led by as many as 38 points, coming at the final score of 96-58.

Team Notes

·     It was UK’s best shooting night of the young season, making 53.2 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent at the free-throw line.

·     UK dominated the rebounding, 45-15, leading to a 16-0 advantage in second-chance points.

·     All five starters scored in double figures. The last time five Cats scratched for double digits was Feb. 28 vs. Ole Miss.

·     With a win tonight, Kentucky has now notched a win against teams from all 50 states.

o     North Dakota was the lone state from which the Wildcats had never played an opponent.

o     North Dakota is one of five states that UK has played only one opponent, the other four being Delaware, New Mexico, South Dakota and Vermont.

o     Tennessee – not Kentucky – is the state that Kentucky has played more games, won more contests and dropped more matchups against than any other state because of Southeastern Conference rivals Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

o     Connecticut is the only state (3-4) that UK has a losing record against.

·     The win marked the 45th consecutive home win over an unranked AP poll nonconference opponent.

o     UK is now 225-38 under John Calipari against unranked competition.

·     UK is now 5-5 as a No. 10-ranked team under Calipari.

·     UK improved to 235-5 (.979) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any point in the game.

·     The Wildcats are now 154-7 (.957) under Calipari’s direction when limiting the opponent to 63 points or fewer.

·     Kentucky continues to earn a lot of free throws and is averaging 31.7 attempts per game.

Player Notes

·     It was 25 for 25 tonight as No. 25 P.J. Washington had a career-high 25 points.

·     Included was a career-high for 3-pointers as he made 4-of-5 from long range.

·     Had the big night despite playing just 17 minutes.

·     Keldon Johnson notched Kentucky’s first double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

·     He’s the lone Wildcat to score in double figures in all three games this season.

·     Tyler Herro scored 18 points while pilfering five steals.

·     Five steals is only one short of the most in the Calipari.  The last Wildcat with five was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the 2018 NCAA Tournament vs. Davidson.

·     Immanuel Quickley tallied 12 points and added four assists.

·     Reid Travis completed the double-figure scoring with 11 points while contributing seven rebounds.

·     Quade Green had six points and distributed a game-high five assists.


·     Calipari is now 277-65 at UK.

·     Calipari has a 722-205 all-time on-court record.

·     He is now 20 wins away from tying Joe B. Hall for the second-most victories by a UK head coach in program history.