UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. TENNESSEE
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
FEB. 16, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 24,467
Final Score: No. 5/5 Kentucky 86, No. 1/1 Tennessee 69
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is now 21-4 overall and 10-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
Tennessee is 23-2, 11-1 in the SEC, ending the Volunteers’ 19-game winning streak.
Kentucky leads the series 155-71 and has won two in a row.
Kentucky leads 12-8 when both teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. This was the first time the teams had played when both were ranked in the top five.
UK leads 93-17 in games played in Lexington.
Tonight’s attendance of 24,467 the third largest in Rupp Arena history.
Next for Kentucky: on Tuesday, the Wildcats play at Missouri. Game time is 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT in Columbia) and it will be televised on ESPN.
In the First Half
Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the 18th time this season. UK is now 14-4 with that lineup.
Tennessee got the first basket – the visitors’ only lead of the game – but Washington replied with UK’s first seven points for a 7-4 lead.
Midway through the half, Johnson got hot, making 11 straight points for UK – including three 3-pointers – to build UK’s largest lead of the half at 23-15.
The teams battled evenly the remainder of the half and UK took a 37-31 lead into intermission.
Washington and Johnson led the way with 13 points each.
In the Second Half
Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
Washington swished a jump hook and Herro followed with a corner 3-pointer, spurting the lead to 42-31 and forcing a Tennessee timeout less than a minute into the half.
Kentucky kept it going with nine more points to make it 51-31, with Tennessee calling yet another timeout at the 16:31 mark.
Including the last two points of the first half, it was a 16-0 run, UK’s longest of the season.
Grant Williams shot Tennessee’s first free throws of the game with 16:07 remaining.
Kentucky got into bonus free throws with 14:53 on the clock.
UK got its largest lead at 60-36 and then 62-38 with 12:37 remaining.
Tennessee suddenly got hot and poured in 13 straight points in less than three minutes to pull within 62-51 but never got any closer.
Washington stopped the run with a short banker and a pair of free throws to get the lead back to 66-51.
Tennessee never got any closer than 11 as UK went on to win 86-69.
Kentucky’s 17-point margin of victory is its largest ever against an AP No. 1-ranked team. The previous largest margin was 15 over No. 1 Florida in 2003.
UK is 5-2 vs. Associated Press Top-25 foes this season.
Kentucky is 7-15 all-time against AP No. 1 teams, including 2-2 under Coach Calipari. This is UK’s first win over an AP No. 1 since defeating Ohio State in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
UK shot 54.7 percent from the field tonight, the Wildcats’ 10th game this season of at least 50 percent.
Kentucky won the rebounding 39-26 and points in the paint 36-20.
UK is now 19-2 this season when winning/tying the rebounding and 18-3 when prevailing in the paint.
The Wildcats have won 11 of its last 12 games. During that 12-game span, UK has …
Limited the opponents to 38.6 percent from the field.
Limited the opponents to 31.4 percent from 3-point range.
Limited the opponents to 60.9 points per game.
PJ Washington led the way with 23 points, the fourth straight game he has led the Wildcats.
Had two key stretches of points – UK’s first seven of the game, then had four in a row after Tennessee had its 13-0 run in the second half.
It is his ninth 20-point game of the season and his seventh in the last eight games.
He is averaging 21 points over the last eight games.
He has 10 straight games in double figures.
He’s the first player to do that since Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored in double figures in 10 straight games from Feb. 20, 2018 to March 22, 2018.
Keldon Johnson tallied 19 points, sparked by his 11-point spurt midway in the first half. He made 3 of 6 on 3-pointers. UK is 5-0 this season when he makes at least three 3-pointers.
Tyler Herro posted his first collegiate double-double with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. UK is 12-0 this season when he scores at least 15. Went 8 of 9 at the foul line tonight, but his miss ended a string of 30 consecutive free throws made. For the season, he is shooting 91.4 percent at the foul line.
Reid Travis earned his way to the foul line 10 times, making seven, and finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Ashton Hagans had nine points, most since the Kansas game, and had seven assists. UK is 6-0 this season when Hagans has at least seven assists.