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UK-Tennessee postgame notes, numbers

Keldon Johnson (Jeff Houchin Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY vs. TENNESSEE

SEC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS | BRIDGESTONE ARENA | NASHVILLE, TENN.

MARCH 16, 2019
ATTENDANCE: 20,933, largest ever for an SEC Tournament game in Bridgestone Arena

Final Score: No. 8 Tennessee 82, No. 4 Kentucky 78           

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 27-6 overall, ending a three-game winning streak. Tennessee is 29-4.
  • UK leads the Tennessee series, 155-73.

o    On Feb. 16, UK won 86-69 in Lexington.

o    On March 2, Tennessee won 71-52 in Knoxville.

  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats return home to learn their NCAA Tournament destination Sunday night.

 

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the combination of Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the 20th time. UK is 15-5 with this lineup.
  • Both teams came out hot early and at the first television timeout, UK led 13-11.
  • Trailing 24-21, Tennessee put together an 8-0 run for a 29-24 lead, its largest of the game.
  • Tennessee was strong from long range, making its first four 3-pointers and 7-of-9 in the half.
  • Tennessee led at halftime, 36-34, after Travis hit a long 3, his first since Feb. 12.
  • Washington, UK’s leading scorer and rebounder, picked up his second foul with 14:18 left and did not play the rest of the half.

 

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened with the second half with the starting lineup.
  • The teams continued to battle evenly, with the teams staying within four points of each other during the first 12 minutes of the half.
  • Trailing 58-57, Hagans put the Wildcats ahead with a layup, then fed Johnson and Washington for layups and a 63-58 Wildcat lead.
  • Hagans’ spurt began a 10-2 Kentucky run that staked the Wildcats to a 67-60 lead.
  • A basket-and-one by Johnson with 2:58 left gave the Cats their largest lead at 72-64.
  • Tennessee stormed back, needing only 90 seconds for an 11-2 run to go ahead 75-74 with 1:28 remaining.
  • Washington’s tip-in put the Cats back ahead at 76-75.
  • Tennessee Lamonte Turner made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to put the Volunteers ahead 78-76 and two foul shots by Jordan Bone made it 80-76 with 10 seconds remaining.
  • After a Hagans layup, Bone made two more free throws and Tennessee won 82-78.
  • Over the last three minutes of the game, Tennessee finished on an 18-6 run.

 

Team Notes

  • Today’s game was magnificently contested, with nine ties and 15 lead changes.  No team led by more than eight points.
  • Kentucky shot 53.6 percent from the field. UK suffered its first lost when making half its shots and is now is 14-1 this season when shooting 50 percent or better.
  • UK won the rebounding, 32-29. UK fell to 21-4 this season when outrebounding the opponent.
  • Kentucky dominated points in the paint, 44-22. The Wildcats are now 23-4 when winning the points in the paint.
  • Five Wildcats scored in double figures, the first time that has been accomplished since Jan. 5 at Alabama. Ironically, that was also a loss.
  • UK fell to 5-4 vs. Associated Press Top 25 teams this season and 4-3 vs. the top 10. 

 

In the SEC Tournament

  • Kentucky has an all-tine record of 134-26 in the SEC Tournament. Today’s game ended a 13-game tourney winning streak and a run of four straight championships.
  • UK is 42-3 in semifinal games and has been in the semifinals six years in a row.
  • Kentucky is 12-5 vs. Tennessee in the SEC Tournament, including 5-2 in semifinal games.

o    This is the second year in a row that the teams met in the SEC Tournament, with UK defeating Tennessee in the 2018 championship game.

  • Coach Calipari is 23-4 in the SEC Tournament.

 

Player Notes  

  • PJ Washington led the Wildcats with 16 points and had five rebounds.
  • It is the 15th time this season he has led the team in scoring.
  • Keldon Johnson tallied 15 points and tied for the team lead in rebounding with six. 
  • Ashton Hagans had 10 points and a career-high 12 assists.
  • His 12 assists are the most ever for a Wildcat in the SEC Tournament under Calipari and most by a Wildcat this season.
  • After beginning the season 5 of 27 on 3-point shots, Hagans has made 8 of 17 long balls over his last seven games.
  • Reid Travis scored 11 points and tied Johnson for the team lead in rebounding with six.
  • Tyler Herro scored 10 points and added four assists. 
  • Nick Richards played an efficient 10 minutes, scoring six points, making 2 of 2 field goals and free throws, along with four rebounds.
  • EJ Montgomery’s eight points are his most since Feb. 5 vs. South Carolina.

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