Cats win fifth straight game 79-70 over Harvard

HARVARD AT #7/7 KENTUCKY

RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.

DEC. 2, 2017
ATTENDANCE: 22,922

 

Final Score: #7/7 Kentucky 79, Harvard 70

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky wins its fifth game in a row improving to 7-1. Harvard is 3-6.
  • This was the first meeting between UK and HU in men’s basketball.
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK travels to the Madison Square Garden to play Monmouth in the Citi Hoops Classic. Game time is noon and it will be televised on ESPNU.

 

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has a 701-194 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari is now 256-54 at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 141-6 at Rupp Arena.
  • Calipari is 2-0 vs. Harvard in his career.

 

In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the seventh straight game.
  • At the first media timeout Kentucky led 11-7 with Knox leading the Wildcats with five points.
  • Kentucky went on a 7-0 run from 5:22 to 4:15 after Harvard cut the deficit to one point to increase the lead to 39-31.
  • Knox’s 16 points are the most by a Wildcat in a half this season.
  • Knox’s third game this season and second in a row that he has reached double figures before halftime.
  • It is the third game in a row that Kentucky has shot 50 percent or better in the first half.
  • Kentucky made 12 free throws, the most made in a half this season.

 

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky went on a 13-0 run from 11:01 to 8:19 to earn an 18-point lead.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 20 points in the second half.
  • UK did not score a field goal over the final 2:31 of the game and finished 1 of 8 from the field.

 

Team Notes

  • UK led by as many as 20 points in the game and is 221-4 in the John Calipari era in games that the Wildcats have led by at least 10 points.
  • UK outrebounded Harvard, 37-36, the seventh consecutive game that the Wildcats won or tied the boardwork.
  • UK won points in the paint, 42-20.
  • Kentucky led 15-0 on fast-break points.
    • UK has had more fast-break points than every opponent this season.
  • UK tied it’s season low for fewest turnovers in a game with 10, also achieving that number against Vermont.
  • With a 24-3 advantage in points off turnovers against the Crimson, UK has now had at least a plus-21 edge in that category in consecutive games.

 

Player Notes

  • Kevin Knox scored 20 points and has scored in double figures in every game this season.
    • It was his second game in a row with at least 20 points. The last Wildcat to do that was De’Aaron Fox against Georgia and Alabama last season at the SEC Tournament.
  • Hamidou Diallo tied his career high of 19 points. It is the second game in a row he has scored in double figures and tied his career high (set last game).
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 12 points and tied his career best for rebounds (five).
    • It was his third game in a row scoring in double figures.
  • Nick Richards scored nine points and tied his career high for blocked shots with three for a second game in a row.
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones was 4 of 4 from the field and scored a season-high nine points. He also had two rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes of action.

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