UK Post Game Notes After Win Over Mississippi State

Posted at 12:16 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 00:16:44-05
Kentucky’s PJ Washington, right, shoots while defended by Mississippi State’s Abdul Ado during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

The UK Basketball team won it’s 12th straight game in the series against Mississippi State as the Wildcats beat the Bulldogs 76-55.

Here are some more team and individual statistics from Tuesday night’s game.

Final Score: #8/9 Kentucky 76, #22 Mississippi State 55

Team Records and Series Notes

·     Kentucky won its fifth in a row and is 15-3 overall, 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is 14-4, 2-3 in the SEC.

·     Kentucky leads the series 96-20 but has a slim 5-4 lead when both teams are ranked.

o     UK has won 12 in a row overall vs. the Bulldogs.

·     Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play their final nonconference game of the regular season Saturday by hosting Kansas at 6 p.m.  The game will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.

o     Rupp Arena will be the site for the popular ESPN College GameDay Show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Gates open at 9 a.m.

In the First Half

·     Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washingtonand Reid Travis for the 11th time this seasonUK is now 8-3 with that lineup.

·     After Mississippi State tallied two baskets, UK got 10 straight points, including seven from Johnson.

·     Moments later, an 8-0 run made it 18-6 in favor of the Wildcats. It was an 18-2 run overall after the early 4-0 hole.

·     UK had its largest lead of the half at 20-7.

·     MSU rallied within 28-22 before UK went to halftime with a 34-26 advantage.

·     On the strength of three 3-pointers, Herro led all scorers in the first half with 11 points.

In the Second Half

·     After a UK basket to make the lead 10, Mississippi State steadily whittled away and pulled within two at 41-39.

·     Nick Richards made the front end of a 1-and-1, then took a nifty dish from Herro for a dunk, starting a 16-4 run to make it 57-43.

·     Ahead 64-53, UK finished the game with a 12-2 run.

·     All totaled, after MSU had pulled within two points, UK finished the game on a 35-16 spurt.

Team Notes

·     Mississippi State totaled a season-low 55 points. UK is 68-0 under Coach John Calipari when keeping the opponent at 55 points or less, including 4-0 this season.

·     Mississippi State shot only 31.1 percent from the field. UK is 171-15 (.918) under Calipari when keeping the opponent at 40 percent or less, including 7-0 this season.

·     Kentucky is 3-1 vs. Associated Press Top 25 teams this season, including consecutive victories over Auburn and Mississippi State.  UK will have a chance for wins vs. ranked opponents in three consecutive games when the Wildcats play host to No. 9/10 Kansas on Saturday.

o     This was the first time UK had defeated AP Top 25 opponents in consecutive games (with no game in between) since the 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional.

·     UK’s 21-point margin of victory is the most vs a ranked opponent since dispatching No. 13 Michigan State, 69-48, on Nov. 15, 2016.

·     UK improved to 248-5 (.980) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any point in the game.

·     UK has won 14 in a row at Rupp Arena, including 11-0 this season.

Player Notes

·     PJ Washington led all scorers with 21 points, most for him since the Seton Hall game.

·     He also contributed six rebounds and tied his career best for blocked shots with four.

·     It’s the fifth time this season he’s led UK in scoring.

·     It’s the third 20-point game of the season, fifth career.

·     He made three 3-pointers, one off his career high.

·     Tyler Herro had 18 points, making all three of his 3-point tries and 5-of-5 at the foul line.

·     UK is 6-0 this season when Herro makes at least three 3-pointers.

·     UK is 10-0 this season when Herro scores at least 15 points.

·     Ashton Hagans had five points, a career-high nine assists and two steals.

·     Hagans has 12 consecutive games with at least three assists. He’s led the team in assists 12 times this season.

·     Hagans school-record streak of seven straight games with at least three steals came to an end tonight. His streak was the most by a freshman in a major conference since Chris Paul (Wake Forest) had a stretch of 10 straight games with three or more steals in the 2003-04 season.

·     Keldon Johnson sparked the Wildcats with seven points in the early 10-0 flurry, finishing with nine points total. He added five points, two assists and tied his career best for steals with three.

·     Reid Travis had five points, and for the third time this season, collected a dozen rebounds.

·     It’s the fifth time this season he’s led the team in rebounding.

·     Nick Richards had an active 10 minutes, totaling eight points, six rebounds and a blocked shot.

·     The eight points are his best since the season-high 10 against Winthrop on Nov. 21.


·     Calipari is now 290-67 at UK, including 47-23 when both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25.

·     Calipari has a 735-207 all-time on-court record.

·     Calipari is 13-0 vs. Mississippi State during his career.

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