UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY at MISSOURI
MIZZOU ARENA | COLUMBIA, MO.
FEB. 19, 2019
Final Score: No. 4/4 Kentucky 66, Missouri 58
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky improved to 22-4 overall and 11-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
- With Tennessee’s win earlier in the night, UK remains a game out of first place in the SEC and a half game behind LSU. The Tigers host Florida on Wednesday.
- Missouri falls to 12-13, 3-10 in the league.
- Kentucky increased its series lead to 12-1 and 4-1 in Columbia, Mo.
- Next up for UK: the Wildcats return home to host Auburn on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. That game will be televised by CBS.
- Kentucky won the first meeting, 82-80, on Jan. 19 in Auburn.
In the First Half
- Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the 19th time this season. UK is now 15-4 with that lineup.
- After Mizzou opened the game with a 3, Kentucky followed with a 10-2 run going into the first media timeout.
- Following a brief 11-10 Missouri lead, Kentucky quickly answered. A high-low alley-oop combination from Travis to Washington for a flush sparked a 9-0 Kentucky run. Herro scored the seven after that thanks to a flagrant foul that earned him two free throws and a layup in the same possession, followed by a 3 on the ensuing possession.
- Herro scored his seven straight points in just 18 seconds of game time.
- Up 22-17 with 7:24 left in the first half, UK outscored Missouri 19-6 heading into halftime for a 41-23 lead.
- UK shot 50 percent in the first half and held Mizzou to 30.8 percent.
- Washington, who was named the Oscar Robertson Trophy National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association earlier in the day, kept his recent momentum rolling with 15 first-half points and five rebounds.
- He made 6 of 10 shots in the first half, including two 3-pointers.
- Nick Richards had one of his finest halves of the season with seven points in seven minutes in the first half.
In the Second Half
- UK started the second half with Hagans, Herro, Johnson, Washington and Richards.
- Hagans carried the Cats early in the second half with eight points in the first 5:26 of game time, including two 3-pointers.
- Travis exited the game and did not return with a right knee sprain at the 10:24 mark.
- UK did not make a field goal for the final 6:57 of the game.
- It was UK’s seventh straight road victory, the program’s longest road winning streak since the 2014-15 season that saw the Wildcats win its first 38 games overall.
- Kentucky is now 240-40 vs. Associated Press unranked competition under John Calipari.
- UK held Missouri to 58 points and 37-percent shooting.
- The Wildcats improved to 176-16 under Calipari when holding the opponent to less than 40-percent shooting, including 12-0 this season
- Kentucky is 167-7 when limiting the opponent to 63 points or fewer under Calipari.
- The Wildcats continue to put opponents away when they get up by double figures. UK moved to 255-5 all-time under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points in the contest. A remarkable 85.9 percent of Calipari’s 297 wins at Kentucky have featured a double-digit lead at some point in the contest.
- Kentucky lost the rebounding 28-34.
- UK is now 3-2 this season when losing the rebounding.
- UK won points in the paint 22-20.
- UK is 19-3 when prevailing in the paint.
- The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 13 games. During that 13-game span, UK has …
- Limited the opponents to 38.5 percent from the field.
- Limited the opponents to 31.6 percent from 3-point range.
- Limited the opponents to 60.7 points per game.
- PJ Washington, this week’s reigning USBWA National Player of the Week, showed no signs of ending his conference tear with a game-high-tying 18 points and an outright game-high eight rebounds.
- He came up two points shy of a 10th 20-point game of the season. He’s scored at least 15 in nine straight, but broke a streak of four-straight 20-plus performances.
- He is averaging 20.7 points and 8.1 boards over the last nine games.
- He has 11 straight games in double figures.
- Tyler Herro continued to be a road warrior with 18 points and five rebounds. He’s averaging a team-high 16.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 52.3 percent and 43.2 from 3 in Kentucky’s eight road games. The Wildcats are now 13-0 when he scores at least 15 points.
- Nick Richards came off the bench to score seven points in 12 minutes, adding four rebounds. UK is 10-0 this season when he scores at least four points.
- Ashton Hagans scored 12 points, reaching double figures for the seventh time this year, but first since Jan. 26 vs. Kansas.