UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. TENNESSEE STATE
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
NOV. 23, 2018 ATTENDANCE: 20,224
Final Score: No. 10/10 Kentucky 77, Tennessee State 62
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 5-1 on the season, winning its fifth in a row, while Tennessee State is now 2-4.
This was the first meeting between the two schools in program history.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats will host Monmouth on Wednesday. That game is slated for an 8:30 p.m. tip on the SEC Network.
In the First Half
Kentucky started Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the second consecutive game.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start, trailing 9-5 at the first media timeout with 15:09 on the clock.
Within the first nine minutes of the game, UK forced a season-high two shot-clock violations.
An 11-0 run over 1:43 allowed the Wildcats to take a 21-14 edge with 7:55 to play.
Another spurt this time over 3:38 and an 8-0 margin pushed UK’s lead to 11 at 33-22 with just under a minute to go.
The Wildcats owned a 35-27 lead at the break. It marked the fifth straight halftime lead for UK who improved to 5-0 when having the lead at halftime.
In the Second Half
Johnson, Quickley, Herro, Washington and Reid Travis opened the second half for the Cats.
Travis scored the first five points of the second half and the Wildcats took a 40-27 lead with 18:12 remaining.
Kentucky led by as many as 20 with 7:38 to go.
TSU went on an 8-0 run over 1:46 to pull to within 11 at 70-59 with 4:48 to play.
The Wildcats then held the Tigers to zero points for the next 3:08 of clock. TSU scored its final bucket with 56 seconds to play.
Kentucky shot its second-worst field-goal percentage (.442), ahead of only its .441 percentage against Duke to open the season.
UK got to the line a season-high 41 times. It’s the most trips to the line since taking 41 trips against LSU in the SEC Tournament on March 14, 2014.
UK shot a season-low 65.9 percent from the charity stripe.
That snapped a stretch of four straight games shooting 70 percent or better.
Kentucky is averaging 32.5 trips to the line for the season.
Kentucky won the rebounding battle 37-28 narrowly missing out on its fifth straight game of having a double-figure edge.
UK has a plus-17.2 rebound margin through the first six games of the season.
The win marked the 48th consecutive home win over an unranked Associated Press poll nonconference opponent.
UK is now 228-38 under John Calipari against unranked competition.
UK is now 8-5 as the AP No. 10-ranked team under Calipari.
UK improved to 238-5 (.979) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any point in the game.
Kentucky limited the Tigers to 62 points. UK is 155-7 (.957) when limiting opponents to 63 points or fewer during Calipari’s tutelage.
UK forced a season-high three shot-clock violations.
Keldon Johnson led all scorers with a career-high 27 points to go along with seven boards.
He sunk a career-high 13 free throws, which is tied for the second-most in a game under Calipari and the most since De’Aaron Fox equaled the number against UCLA on March 24, 2017.
His 18 free-throw attempts are the most since PJ Washington took 20 shots from the line against Kansas State on March 22, 2018.
He’s scored in double-figures in all but one game and leads the Wildcats in scoring for the season at 16.5 points per game.
Reid Travis narrowly missed on his first double-double as a Wildcat with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
He blocked a season-high two shots.
He scored in double-figures for the 73rd time in his career.
EJ Montgomery scored five points and added six boards and two blocks.
He’s snared six or more rebounds in four of six games this season.
He’s blocked two or more shots in each of the last five games.
Quade Green tallied five points and dished out four assists. It’s the fourth game with multiple assists for Green this season.
Immanuel Quickley chipped in with nine points and two assists.