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UK-Utah Valley postgame notes, numbers

Nick Richards (Vicky Graff Photo)

NOV. 10, 2017

Final Score: #5/4 Kentucky 73, Utah Valley 63

Team Records and Series Notes
Friday’s game vs. Utah Valley marked the start of the 116th season of Kentucky men’s basketball
Kentucky is 1-0 overall while Utah Valley begins the season 0-1
It marked the first meeting between the two schools
Kentucky improved to 95-19 in season openers, including 9-0 under John Calipari (no official games were played for the 1953 season)
Friday’s game marked a reunion for Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope. The former Kentucky men’s basketball player played at UK form 1994-96 and helped the Wildcats to the 1996 national championship. He scored 546 career points in 69 games
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats will play Vermont at 3:30 on Sunday. The game will broadcast live on ESPN.

In the First Half
Kentucky started the lineup of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards. It’s the first time Kentucky has started five freshmen in a regular-season game since the Wildcats started freshmen Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson for the 2014 national championship game vs. UConn on April 7, 2014
Nick Richards scored the first points of the season at the 19:47 mark
Kentucky started the first half 2 for 9.
Kentucky held UVU without a field goal for 4:52 in the first half from 17:55 to 13:03
UVU went on a 16-2 run over the last 5:51 on the first half
Kentucky shot 5 of 29 after starting the half 2 of 2
Kentucky went scoreless over the last 3:58 of the half
Nick Richards led the Wildcats with eight points. He shot 2 of 3 from the field and 2 of 3 from the foul line

In the Second Half
Freshman Kevin Knox scored the first five UK points in the half
Kentucky gave up three points to start the half, then went on a 18-0 run to go up six after trailing by 12 that started at the 18:09 mark
Kentucky did not allow a field goal over 5:34 in the second half from 14:33 to 8:59
UK shot 19 of 32 (.594) in the second half and held UVU to 11 of 25 (.423) shooting
Kentucky went 9 for 11 from the foul line in the second half

Team Notes
With 2,238 wins, Kentucky is the nation’s leader
Kentucky forced 20 turnovers, including 11 in the second half
UK turned that into 23 points
20 of those 23 came in the second half
Each teamed had 34 points in the paint
26 of Kentucky’s 34 came in the second half
UK had 22 fast-break points while UVU had six
All but two of Kentucky’s fast-break points came in the second half.
Four players (Diallo, Richards, Knox, Gilgeous-Alexander) had double-digit points in the win
Kentucky shot 16 of 23 (.696) from the free-throw line
Quade Green was a perfect 4-of-4 from the line
The Wildcats were outrebounded 38-37
Player Notes
Hamidou Diallo started the game 0 for 5 and then finished 8 of 11
He had a game-high 18 points, including 2 for 4 from the 3-point line
Diallo added five rebounds and three assists
The Wildcats were plus-21 when Diallo was on the floor
Wenyen Gabriel had a game-high 13 rebounds, three off his career high
Gabriel led Kentucky with six rebounds in the first half
His 13 rebounds would be the highest mark by a Wildcat this season, including the exhibitions
Gabriel’s 13 field-goal attempts were two above his career high. He had shot 11 times twice, last against LSU at home on Feb. 11
Gabriel tied Nick Richards with three blocks
Gabriel tied his career high in blocks, which he had reached three previous times, last at Alabama on Feb. 11
Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the teams with four assists each
Hamidou Diallo and Wenyen Gabriel had three
Kevin Knox saw the court for a game-high 37 minutes
He had put up 12 points and six rebounds
UK was plus-9 when Knox was on the floor
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored the second-most points in the game with 13
He added four assists and three rebounds and was plus-12 in 36 minutes

Calipari earned his 250th win at Kentucky and is now 250-53
Calipari is 135-6 at Rupp Arena
Calipari has a 695-193 all-time on-court record

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