UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY AT AUBURN
AUBURN ARENA | AUBURN, ALA.
FEB. 14, 2018 ATTENDANCE: 9,121
Final Score: #10/11 Auburn 76, RV/RV Kentucky 66
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 17-9 overall, 6-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 23-3 overall and atop the league standings at 11-2.
Kentucky leads the series 92-19, including 30-15 at Auburn.
Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky plays host to Alabama on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS.
In the First Half
Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the second time this season. UK is 1-1 with this lineup.
Kentucky opened the scoring when Kevin Knox hit a 3-pointer at the 18:50 mark, extending UK’s streak of 1,039 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
UK got off to a good start on defense, as Auburn made only 1 of its first 16 shots, including 0 of 9 from 3-point range. That helped the Wildcats to an early 10-4 lead.
Auburn got hot and went on a 12-2 spurt, taking the lead at 16-12.
The Tigers stayed in front the rest of the half and went to intermission ahead 39-33.
After missing the first nine 3-point tries, the Tigers hit six of their last eight of the first half.
Knox led the UK effort in the first half with 12 points.
UK is now 6-6 this season when trailing or tied at halftime.
In the Second Half
Trailing 48-42, UK went on a 7-0 run and regained the lead with 13 minutes remaining.
UK was still leading, 59-55, when Auburn struck with a 13-2 run for a 68-61 Tiger advantage.
UK fought back within 68-64 but got no closer as Auburn went on to win.
Kentucky has its first four-game losing streak since the end of the 2008-09 regular season. It is Coach John Calipari’s first four-game losing streak since Memphis lost four in a row to end the 2004-05 regular season.
UK is 42-12 in “bounce back” games under Calipari following a loss.
UK is 51-26 under Calipari against ranked teams.
UK did not win tonight despite holding Auburn to 36.7 percent field-goal shooting. UK is now 162-14 under Calipari when keeping the opponent under 40 percent from the field.
Auburn shot 29.6 percent from three-point range today, 8 of 27. UK entered the game third in the nation in 3-point defense at 29.1 percent.
UK opponents also are attempting threes at a record rate. Opponents are averaging 25.4 long balls per game, well ahead of the UK opponent record of 23.2 3-pointers attempted in the 2007-08 season.
UK used its size advantage to win the rebounding, 36-34.
UK grabbed nine offensive rebounds and won second-chance points 12-7. It is the first time this season that UK didn’t win the game despite leading second-chance points.
UK also won points in the paint, 36-20.
Kevin Knox led the Wildcats with 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.
He is averaging 17.6 points over the last eight games.
PJ Washington came off the bench to collect 13 points and five rebounds. It is his first double-figure scoring game since Mississippi State on Jan. 23.
Jarred Vanderbilt grabbed 10 rebounds in only 21 minutes of action, adding three points, three assists and two blocked shots as well.
Vanderbilt has 60 rebounds in 132 minutes this season, an average of one carom per 2.2 minutes of action, an incredible ratio.
Coach John Calipari
Calipari has a 711-202 all-time on-court record.
Calipari is now 266-62 at Kentucky.
Calipari is 9-2 vs. Auburn in his career.