UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. ALABAMA
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
FEB. 17, 2018 ATTENDANCE: 23,220
Final Score: Kentucky 81, Alabama 71
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 18-9 overall, 7-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama is 17-10 overall and 8-6 in the SEC.
Kentucky leads the series 111-37, including 57-10 in Lexington.
UK has won nine in a row vs. Alabama.
Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky travels to Arkansas Tuesday with tipoff slated for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
In the First Half
Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the third time this season. UK is 2-1 with this lineup.
Richards scored Kentucky’s first four points with two dunks.
He’s scored Kentucky’s first points of the game nine times, tied for the team lead.
He’s started a game with a dunk six times this year.
Quade Green hit a made 3 with 9:28 to play, extending UK’s streak of 1,040 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
UK’s largest lead was five points when Diallo hit a layup with three seconds remaining in the half.
Kentucky’s 39 points in the first half was its most before halftime since scoring 41 vs. Louisville, which UK beat 90-61.
In the Second Half
Nick Richards scored the first two points of the half with a layup at the 19:42 mark, giving UK a seven-point lead, its largest since winning at West Virginia on Jan. 27.
Alabama never led by more than three, and its last lead was 59-58 with 8:34 to play.
UK opened up its largest lead, 11 points, with 44 seconds to play in the second half.
UK had not led by more than seven since the win at West Virginia on Jan. 27.
UK led by more than 10 points for the first time since defeated Mississippi State on Jan. 23.
Kentucky snapped its first four-game losing streak since the end of the 2008-09 regular season. It was Calipari’s first four-game losing streak since Memphis lost four in a row to end the 2004-05 regular season.
UK is 43-12 in “bounce back” games under Calipari following a loss.
The Wildcats have only lost back-to-back games 12 times during the Calipari era with three of those losses having come during the just lapsed four-game losing streak.
Kentucky won rebounding 44-27, and offensive rebounding 20-9.
UK’s offensive rebounds were one outside the top 10 for most of the Calipari era.
Alabama’s 27 rebounds were tied for the second fewest by a UK opponent this year.
UK’s plus-17 rebounding margin was its highest in SEC play. The only higher rebounding margin UK had this year was plus-23 in two straight games against Troy and Fort Wayne in November.
Kentucky scored 39 bench points, just under half of UK’s total for the game.
UK won bench points 39-19. UK is 8-8 this season and 3-6 in the SEC when leading bench points.
UK also won points in the paint 40-32
UK is 13-7 overall, and 5-6 in the SEC with more points in the paint this year.
Five Wildcats scored in double figures for the first time since Nov. 26 vs. UIC.
Quade Green came off the bench to score 12 points and dish four assists.
He’s scored 10 or more in 12 games this year, two of the last four and three of the last six.
Nick Richards scored 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot.
He reached double figures for the seventh time this year, but the first time since scoring 10 vs. Vanderbilt on Jan. 30
Kevin Knox scored 13 points, all in the second half.
Scoreless in the first 26:38 of the game, he proceeded to score 11 of Kentucky’s next 13 points between the 13:22 and 8:17 marks in the second half.
He also grabbed five rebounds.
PJ Washington came off the bench to score 16 points and grab five rebounds.
He’s scored in double figures in two straight after not reaching that threshold since playing Mississippi State on Jan. 23.
Jarred Vanderbilt scored a career high 11 points in this the 10th game he’s played.
He came up a rebound shy of a double-double.
Vanderbilt has 69 rebounds in 151 minutes this season.
Coach John Calipari
Calipari has a 712-202 all-time on-court record.
Calipari is now 267-62 at Kentucky.
Calipari is 148-8 in Rupp Arena.
Calipari is 14-3 against Alabama.