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UK-Tennessee postgame notes, numbers




MARCH 2, 2019


Final Score: No. 7/7 Tennessee 71, No. 4/4 Kentucky 52


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky falls to 24-5 overall and 13-3 in the Southeastern Conference, falling a game behind Tennessee and LSU for the league lead.
  • Tennessee is now 26-3 and 14-2 in SEC play.
  • Kentucky still leads the most played series in school history 155-72.

o    UK leads 54-52 in games played in Knoxville, Tennessee, but Tennessee has won four straight at Thompson-Boling Arena. That’s UK’s longest losing streak on the road to Tennessee since dropping seven straight in Knoxville from 1979 to 1985.

  • UK is now 12-9 vs. Tennessee when both teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats enter the final week of the regular season, starting with a trip to Ole Miss on Tuesday. That game is slated for a 9 p.m. ET tip on ESPN.    


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the combination of Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the first time this season.

o    Reid Travis missed his third straight game with a sprained right knee. His timetable for a return was at least two weeks from the injury, which occurred Feb. 19 at Missouri.

  • UK jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, featuring a slick lob pass from Herro to Richards for a dunk followed by a Hagans 3-pointer.
  • Tennessee answered with a 9-0 run that lasted 3:15 of game time. Richards ended it with a free throw.
  • The Volunteers pulled in front 28-18 on a 9-0 run from the 8:38 mark to the 4:03 mark. Kentucky went scoreless for 4:59 until Richards hit a free throw at the 3:39 mark.
  • The Wildcats dealt with foul trouble nearly all half. EJ Montgomery picked up his second foul at the 9:55 mark mark and his third at 5:00, Washington was charged with his second with 8:23 (and went to the bench for the rest of the half), Johnson got his second at 5:16, and Richards picked up No. 2 at the 2:59 mark and No. 3 at 2:17.

o    When Washington went to the bench with his second foul, the Wildcats were outscored 18-6 until halftime.

  • After a Johnson floater at the 10:23 mark, Kentucky went without a field goal for 9:32 of game time until Jemarl Baker Jr. hit a 3 pointer from the left corner with 51 seconds left in the half.
  • UK’s six field goals and 23.1-percent shooting were both first-half lows this season

o    The six made field goals were behind only the five made in the second half vs. Missouri on Feb. 19.

o    The 23.1 percent was a low for any half.


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened with the same starting five: Hagans, Herro, Johnson, Washington and Richards.
  • After falling behind by 20 points, the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run – highlighted by five points from Immanuel Quickley – to cut Tennessee’s lead to 47-34. The Wildcats would never get any closer.
  • UK did not score over the final 3:22 of the game.


Team Notes

  • UK’s road winning streak was stopped at six games. It was the longest road winning streak since the magical 2014-15 season.
  • Kentucky is now 5-3 vs. AP Top 25 opponents and 3-2 vs. top-10 foes.
  • UK scored a season-low 52 points, four fewer than the previous low.

o    It’s the fewest points the Wildcats have scored since netting just 48 in a loss to Vanderbilt on March 15, 2013, in the SEC Tournament.

  • Kentucky shot a season-low 31.8 percent.

o    That’s UK’s lowest field-goal percentage since shooting 31.5 percent at Missouri on Feb. 3, 2018.

  • UK made just 14 file goals, tying the fewest field goals UK made in one game during the Calipari era (March 1, 2014 at South Carolina).
  • After dominating the Volunteers 36-20 in points in the paint in the first matchup in Lexington, Kentucky scored just 10 on Saturday. Tennessee scored 28.

o    UK fell to 3-2 when getting outscored in the paint.

  • It’s just the third time in 23 games UK has lost when winning the rebounding battle.

Player Notes  

  • PJ Washington led UK with 13 points despite foul trouble in the first half.
  • He’s scored in double figures in 13 of the last 14 game and 19 games overall.
  • Nick Richards started for the third time this season and first time since Nov. 23 vs. Tennessee State. He scored eight points, hauled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
  • He’s blocked three shots in each of the past three games
  • UK dropped to 12-1 this season when Richards scores at least four points. 
  • Immanuel Quickley scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting (2 of 4 from 3-point range).
  • It was his best scoring output since he scored 12 on Jan. 12 against Vanderbilt.



  • Calipari is 299-69 at UK, needing just one more win to become the fourth-fastest coach in NCAA Division I history to 300 wins at any school
  • Calipari has a 744-200 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari fell to 57-29 vs. AP Top 25 opponents at Kentucky and 23-18 vs. the top 10.
  • He is 80-52 when both opponents are ranked in the AP Top 25, including 49-25 at UK. He’s 26-17 all-time when both opponents are in the top 25 and 15-10 at UK.
  • Calipari is 16-10 vs. Tennessee in his career.

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