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UK-Davidson postgame notes, numbers

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MARCH 15, 2018


Compiled by Jake Most


Final Score: No. 5 Kentucky 78, No. 12 Davidson 73


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 25-10 overall. Davison is 21-12.
  • UK leads the series 2-0. Both meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Next for Kentucky: The Wildcats will play the winner of this evening’s Arizona vs. Buffalo game.


NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Kentucky made its national-record 57th NCAA Tournament, extending the NCAA record for most tournament appearances.
  • UK owns a 125-50 record all-time in NCAA action.
  • Kentucky is 47-10 in tournament openers and has won 24 of its last 25 first-round tournament games. 

o   UK has won eight NCAA Tournament openers in a row, all under Calipari.

  • Kentucky is 27-6 in NCAA Tournament games under Calipari.
  • In Calipari’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances with Kentucky, the Wildcats have reached the second round every time.
  • Calipari is undefeated in the NCAA Tournament against teams seeded lower than 10th.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the 15th time this season. UK is 10-5 with this lineup.
  • Neither team led by more than four in the first 10 minutes.

o   Kentucky opened up its largest lead, six points, with a 6-0 run over 2:30 to take a 23-17 lead at the 7:10 mark.

o   Davidson answered with a Kellan Grady dunk at the 6:54 mark, but then UK went on a 7-0 run over 1:07 to open up a 30-19 lead.

  • From tied at 17-17 with 11:39 to play, UK outscored Davidson 17-7 to close the first half.


In the Second Half

  • Davidson made its first three 3-point-attempts of the half, and stretched further was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc in the first 11:52.
  • Davidson tied the game at 52-52 and 54-54 at the 7:41 mark, but got not closer.
  • Kentucky led by as much as 11 points in the second half as late as with 24 seconds to go.

Team Notes

  • UK’s NCAA-record streak of 1,047 consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer came to an end.

o   UK’s last game without a made 3-pointer came against Seton Hall on Nov. 26, 1988 in a three-point loss.

o   Kentucky’s streak started two nights later in a win over Cal.

  • Kentucky limited Davidson to 39.3 percent from the field.

o   UK is now 168-14 under Calipari when keeping the opponent under 40 percent from the field.

  • Kentucky shot 51.0 percent from the field today. UK is 13-1 this season when the Wildcats make at least half their shots.
  • UK had 10 turnovers today. UK is 14-0 this season when committing 11 or fewer miscues.
  • UK led by as many as 13 points today.  The Wildcats are 232-5 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during a game.


Player Notes  

  • Kevin Knox scored 25 points, 16 of them coming in the second half. He shot 8 of 16 from the field.
  • It was his team-leading 10th game with 20 or more points.
  • It was his team-leading 28th game with 10 or more points.
  • Knox failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time in 12 games.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, after a slow start, finished with 19 points,  a career-high eight rebounds, seven assists and a career-high five steals.
  • After starting 1 for 8 from the floor, he made four of his next five shots and scored 17 points in the second half.
  • His five steals are tied for the fourth most in an NCAA Tournament game by a Wildcats
  • PJ Washington scored 11 points, all in the first half, marking the sixth time he reached double-figures in a first half this season, and the first time since Feb. 20 at Arkansas.
  • Hamidou Diallo scored eight points.
  • He blocked a career-high three shots.
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones posted eight points and grabbed six rebounds.
  • His eight points were his most since scoring eight vs. Louisville on Dec. 29.
  • His six rebounds were his most since grabbing eight vs. ETSU on Nov. 17.


Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has a 718-203 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari is now 274-63 at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 52-17 in the NCAA Tournament games.
  • Calipari is 27-6 in NCAA Tournament games at UK.

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