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No. 1/1 Kentucky vs. Mississippi State
Humphrey Coliseum – Starkville, Miss.
Feb. 25, 2015
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 74, Mississippi State 56
Kentucky is 28-0, 15-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is 12-16, 5-10 in the SEC.
Kentucky leads the series 91-20 overall and 34-12 in Starkville, Miss.
With 28 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK passed the 1995-96 team for the longest single-season win streak in school history.
With the win, John Calipari passed his longest coaching win streak. The 2008-09 Memphis squad won 27 in a row (not at the opening of a season).
UK also extended longest season-opening streak for a Calipari coached team. His 1995-96 Massachusetts team and 2007-08 Memphis team each started 26-0.
Kentucky is 205-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 50 of the last 52 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 94-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 53-4 at UK.
Calipari is now 180-37 (.829) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
UK led the entire game and has trailed for only 149:01 of a possible 1,135 minutes this season.
Kentucky won by double digits for the 23rd time this season.
Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip with No. 18/16 Arkansas. Continue reading: Win #28 – Kentucky 74 Mississippi State 56
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Vengeance tasted ever so sweet on Wednesday night as the third-ranked Railsplitters (26-1, 20-1 SAC) punished the Carson-Newman Eagles (14-13, 12-9 SAC) for their lone loss of the season and soared to a 91-61 victory in Jefferson City, Tenn. and Holt Fieldhouse.
Luquon Choice’s (Laurens, S.C.) hot-shooting fronted the near wire-to-wire victory as the sophomore shooting guard matched a career-high with 34 points, falling just one shy of his career-high with seven three-pointers. Choice entered Wednesday’s contest needing three triples to surpass David Hopper (1990-91) for LMU’s single-season record. With 95 three-pointers and the school’s single-season record in tow, Choice has a chance to become just the third player in South Atlantic Conference history to bury 100 treys in a season. Tusculum’s Kyle Moore holds the league record with 117 made threes in 2009-10. Continue reading: LMU men avenge season’s only loss by routing Carson-Newman 91-61
BREVARD, N.C. – Sophomore shooting guard Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) rained in a season-high 27 points as the fifth-ranked Railsplitters (25-1, 19-1 SAC) outscored the Brevard Tornados (10-16, 8-12 SAC) by 13 points in the second half in an 87-75 win in Brevard, N.C. on Monday night.
It was a story of two halves for the Railsplitters. In the first stanza, Lincoln Memorial shot 58.6 percent (17-for-29), but allowed the Tornados to post a 48.4 percent (15-for-31) clip with five three-pointers. The Railsplitters and Tornados finished tied with 15 rebounds in the period, while Brevard scrounged for seven offensive boards. Lincoln Memorial trailed 44-43 after one period. Continue reading: LMU Men: Big second half lifts Railsplitters to 12 point win at Brevard
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College forward Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla. ) scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds, as the No. 18 Bulldogs raced past Reinhardt (Ga.) with a second half surge in a 94-78 victory in Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Sunday night at Robsion Arena.
The win, which was Union’s 17th in a row overall, enabled the Bulldogs to end the regular season with a 26-4 overall mark and 17-1 in the AAC. Reinhardt fell to 17-11, 9-9 in the AAC with the defeat. Continue reading: Union College Men: Bulldogs grind out 17th in a row on Senior Night
Cats Toughest Test Left In Regular Season May Be Arkansas
By – Ira D. Combs
Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.
Now that we’ve survived the blizzard of 2015, or at least I think we have the worse part of it behind us, the Commonwealth’s sports fans can get back to closely following their beloved Kentucky Wildcats march toward what hopefully will be a history making undefeated season and 9th NCAA championship .
UK is a still perfect 27 – 0 as we enter the last week of February and have once again garnered all votes from the national media and set perched high on top of the totem poll as the # 1 kingpin of college basketball .
Continue reading: Ira Combs: Arkansas may be biggest hurdle for Cats to remain unbeaten
Auburn at Kentucky, Men’s Basketball
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Feb. 21, 2015
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 110, Auburn 75
Kentucky is 27-0, 14-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 12-15 overall, 4-10 in league play.
Kentucky leads the series 90-17, including 45-2 at home.
With 27 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK tied the 1995-96 team for the longest single-season win streak in school history.
It’s also the longest season-opening streak for a John Calipari coached team. His 1995-96 Massachusetts team and 2007-08 Memphis team each started 26-0. Continue reading: Win #27 – Postgame notes from Kentucky’s 110-75 win over Auburn
No. 1/1 Kentucky vs. Tennessee
Thompson-Boling Arena – Knoxville, Tenn.
Feb. 17, 2015
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 66, Tennessee 48
- Kentucky is 26-0, 13-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee is 14-11 overall, 6-7 in league play.
- Kentucky leads the all-time series by a 151-67 margin.
- With 26 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK is off to the best start in program history.
- With Tuesday’s win UK passed the 1953-54 team, which started 25-0.
- Kentucky is the only team in Southeastern Conference history to begin a season 26-0.
- UK’s 13-0 start to conference play is the Wildcats’ best since the 2011-12 team started 16-0 in SEC play.
- Kentucky’s 26-game winning streak is tied for the third longest in school history.
- The streak is the second longest over the course of a single season, tying the 2002-03 Wildcats.
- The 1995-96 Wildcats went on a 27-game winning streak, which is the single-season school record.
- Kentucky is 203-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 48 of the last 50 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
- Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 92-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 51-4 at UK.
- Calipari is now 178-37 (.828) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
- Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena on Saturday vs. Auburn. Game time is 7 p.m. ET and it will be televised on ESPN.
Continue reading: Win #26 – Postgame notes from Kentucky’s 66-48 win at Tennessee