UK at 24-0 looking good to go undefeated

It wasn’t easy, but we knew this game would be tough. UK has now won back to back road games against two teams thought to have a chance to defeat them. Florida put up a good fight but came up short. LSU had their chances but in

Photo circulating the internet.
Photo circulating the internet.

the end the undefeated Cats prevailed. How many teams can let an opponent start the game with a 10-2 run and then let the same opponent go on a 21-2 run midway through the 2nd half, and still end up winning? With those 2 runs, UK had to make up 27 points in order to win, they did. On the other hand, how good is your team, when they give up a 21-2 run. Come March, UK CANNOT afford any 10-2 runs and surely will not survive many 21-2 runs. That being said, the Cats are 24-0 and off to the second best start in school history. That is saying something considering no other program has the overall win total UK has and no other SEC team can match their over all win total. The only thing truly stopping the Cats now is being able to get up for the remaining 7 teams on their SEC schedule. BBN is ready for history, now we wait and see.

 

 

(Game Notes provided by UK Athletics) Kentucky Postgame Notes- No. 1/1 Kentucky vs. LSU – Maravich Assembly Center – Baton Rouge, La. Feb. 10, 2015 – Attendance: 13,111 – FINAL SCORE: No. 1/1 Kentucky 71, LSU 69

Team Records and Series Notes

 With the win, Kentucky is 24-0, 11-0 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU dropped to 17-

7, 6-5 SEC.

 Kentucky owns an 86-25 lead over LSU in the all-time series, including a 30-17 edge in

Baton Rouge, La.

 Kentucky will return Rupp Arena on Saturday with tipoff slated for 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Team Notes

 The only undefeated team remaining in the nation, Kentucky is the all-time wins leader in

college basketball with 2,165.

 With 24 consecutive wins to open the year, Kentucky passed the 1965-66 Wildcats for sole

possession of the second-best start in program history.

 Kentucky is off to the best start under coach John Calipari.

 UK is one win shy of equaling the best start in school annals.

 The streak is the third-longest streak in UK single-season history.

 UK’s 24-game winning streak is tied for the sixth longest in school history.

 UK has won 46 of its last 48 games as the Associated Press top-ranked team.

 Calipari has a 176-37 record at Kentucky and a 621-177 overall on-court record in his

career.

 Calipari has a 90-9 all-time record when coaching the nation’s No. 1 team,

including a 49-4 mark at Kentucky.

 Kentucky has a league-leading 933-262 all-time record in SEC play.

 Kentucky started the game with Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dominique Hawkins,

Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.

 Devin Booker, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles, Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis were UK’s first subs,

entering the game with 17:00 to go in the first half.

 LSU began the game on a 10-2 run, and also led 14-6. LSU led by eight points twice,

which were Tigers’ largest leads of the first half.

 Kentucky started the second half with Booker, Ulis, Towns, Cauley-Stein and Lyles.

 Kentucky led by as many as 13 points with 12:46 to go in the second half.

 LSU went on a 21-2 run from between the 12:46 and the 7:29 mark in the second half.

 LSU took a lead 62-60 lead with 8:18 remaining in the game.

 Towns snapped LSU’s 16-0 run with a step-back jumper from just inside the 3-point line

after LSU had taken a 66-60 lead.

 The Cats took the lead for good when Towns kept an offensive possession alive with an

offensive rebound and then scored with 1:30 left to take a 70-69 lead.

 Booker scored the final point of the game on a free throw with 15 seconds left. LSU missed

a 3 just before the buzzer to secure the UK win.

 Nine Wildcats scored in the game. Just five Wildcats scored in UK’s previous game, on

Saturday against Florida.

 Kentucky attempted 68 field goals, which was its second-highest total this season (70 vs.

Grand Canyon).

Individual Notes

 Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his team-leading fourth career double-

double.

o He finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and added two blocks and two

assists.

o Towns has two double-doubles in the last three games.

o Towns has blocked two shots in each of UK’s past three games.

o Standing at 6-11, Towns also has two or more assists in each of the past three

games.

 Junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein finished with a team-high 15 points and chipped in

seven rebounds.

 Freshman guard Devin Booker finished with 14 points.

 Sophomore guard Andrew Harrison scored 13 points and had a team-high four assists.

o Cauley-Stein had a team-high three blocks and added a steal.

o He scored in double figures for the second game in a row and the third time in the

last four games.

o He has scored in double figures in five of UK’s last six road games.

o He has scored in double figures in three of the last five games.

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