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Kentucky-North Dakota postgame notes, numbers

Tyler Herro (Vicky Graff Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. NORTH DAKOTA
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
NOV. 14, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 18,555
 
Final Score: No. 10 Kentucky 96, North Dakota 58
                                                             
Team Records and Series Notes

  • Both teams are 2-1 on the season.   
  • This was the first meeting between the teams.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats will host Virginia Military Institute on Sunday for the second of the four-game Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase. That game is slated for a 6 p.m. tip on the SEC Network.

 
In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the second game in a row.
  • The teams traded scores early, and after two ties and five lead changes, UK held a 17-16 lead seven minutes into the contest.
  • At that point, UK took control with a 15-0 run for a 32-16 lead.
  • The Wildcats finished the half with a 7-0 spurt for a 46-25 score, also representing the team’s largest lead of the opening period.
  • Six Wildcats scored in the first half. Buoyed by a career-high two 3-pointers, PJ Washington led the scoring with 10 points.

 
In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened the second stanza with Quickley, Herro, Johnson, Travis and Richards.
  • A 10-0 spurt early in the half pushed the score to 60-32.
  • With 13:32 left, a North Dakota player missed two free throws, winning free Chick-fil-A for all in attendance!
  • UK led by as many as 38 points, coming at the final score of 96-58.

 
Team Notes

  • It was UK’s best shooting night of the young season, making 53.2 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent at the free-throw line.
  • UK dominated the rebounding, 45-15, leading to a 16-0 advantage in second-chance points.
  • All five starters scored in double figures. The last time five Cats scratched for double digits was Feb. 28 vs. Ole Miss.
  • With a win tonight, Kentucky has now notched a win against teams from all 50 states.
    • North Dakota was the lone state from which the Wildcats had never played an opponent.
    • North Dakota is one of five states that UK has played only one opponent, the other four being Delaware, New Mexico, South Dakota and Vermont.
    • Tennessee – not Kentucky – is the state that Kentucky has played more games, won more contests and dropped more matchups against than any other state because of Southeastern Conference rivals Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
    • Connecticut is the only state (3-4) that UK has a losing record against.
  • The win marked the 45th consecutive home win over an unranked AP poll nonconference opponent.
    • UK is now 225-38 under John Calipari against unranked competition.
  • UK is now 5-5 as a No. 10-ranked team under Calipari.
  • UK improved to 235-5 (.979) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any point in the game.
  • The Wildcats are now 154-7 (.957) under Calipari’s direction when limiting the opponent to 63 points or fewer.
  • Kentucky continues to earn a lot of free throws and is averaging 31.7 attempts per game.

Player Notes  

  • It was 25 for 25 tonight as No. 25 PJ Washington had a career-high 25 points.
    • Included was a career-high for 3-pointers as he made 4-of-5 from long range.
    • Had the big night despite playing just 17 minutes.
  • Keldon Johnson notched Kentucky’s first double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
    • He’s the lone Wildcat to score in double figures in all three games this season.
  • Tyler Herro scored 18 points while pilfering five steals.
    • Five steals is only one short of the most in the Calipari.  The last Wildcat with five was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the 2018 NCAA Tournament vs. Davidson.
  • Immanuel Quickley tallied 12 points and added four assists.
  • Reid Travis completed the double-figure scoring with 11 points while contributing seven rebounds.
  • Quade Green had six points and distributed a game-high five assists.

 
Calipari

  • Calipari is now 277-65 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 722-205 all-time on-court record.
  • He is now 20 wins away from tying Joe B. Hall for the most victories by a UK head coach in program history.

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