Win #33 – Kentucky 91 Auburn 67 – Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. Auburn, Men’s Basketball – Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn., March 14, 2015
 
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 91, Auburn 67

 

  • Team records: Kentucky is 33-0, Auburn is 15-20.
  • Kentucky leads the series 91-17 and has won 18 straight against the Tigers.  Earlier this season, UK defeated Auburn 110-75 in Lexington
  • With 33 consecutive victories …
  • It breaks the record for the longest win streak in Kentucky history. UK went 25-0 in 1953-54, then won the first seven games of the 1954-55 season.
  • It extended the longest season-opening win streak for any team in SEC history.
  • It extended the longest win streak for a John Calipari-coached team.
  • Kentucky is 210-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 55 of the last 57 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 99-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 58-4 at UK.
  • Calipari is now 185-37 (.833) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
  • Kentucky plays Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT (noon CDT) in the championship game of the SEC Tournament vs. the winner of Arkansas/Georgia game.

 

In the SEC Tournament

 

  • Kentucky has an all-time record of 123-25 (.831) in SEC Tournament games.
  • UK has a record of 38-2 (.950) in semifinal games.
  • UK has won 27 tourney titles with a 27-10 record in championship games.

 

Team Notes

 

  • UK limited Auburn to 33.3 field-goal percentage today. The Wildcats lead the nation in field-goal percentage defense.
  • Kentucky blocked seven shots today. The Wildcats are second in the nation with 6.9 blocks per game.
  • UK shot 56.3 percent from the field, the 10th game this season that the Wildcats have made at least 50 percent.
  • UK shot 50 percent from three-point range, 7 of 14. It is the third game this season that the Cats made at least half their long-distance shots.
  • Kentucky shot 85.7 percent from the foul line, 30 of 35.
  • 30 free throws made is a season high
  • The Wildcats have made 77.9 percent at the charity stripe over the last nine games.
  • UK won bench points 26-5. UK has won bench points in every game this season.
  • UK was behind for 13 seconds today. The Wildcats have trailed for only 178:56 of a possible 1,335 minutes this season.
  • Five Wildcats scored in double figures, first that time that has happened since the previous game vs. Auburn on Feb. 21.
  • Kentucky’s streak of 930 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Aaron Harrison made a three at the 19:14 mark of the first half.

 

First-Half Facts

 

  • Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 14th time this season.
  • Auburn made the first basket, then UK responded with the next eight points.
  • UK also made runs of 7-0, 9-0 and 6-0 in building a 34-14 lead, its biggest advantage of the half.
  • UK went to halftime ahead 47-29.

 

Second-Half Story

 

  • Kentucky started the second half with Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.
  • AU pulled within 13 points (57-44) before UK put the game away with a 14-0 run, making it 71-44.

 

Player Notes

 

  • Willie Cauley-Stein had 18 points, a game-high seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
  • It is his first double-figure scoring game since Feb. 14 vs. South Carolina.
  • It is his most points since a career-high 21 vs. Texas on Feb. 5.
  • Andrew Harrison notched 15 points and added four assists. It is his 13th double-figure scoring game of the season.
  • Aaron Harrison scored 12 points, his team-leading 20th double-figure game of the season.
  • Trey Lyles scored 12 points, including 4 of 4 at the foul line. It is 10th time this season to land in double figure scoring.
  • Devin Booker tossed in 12 points, his 18th double-figure effort of the campaign. He also grabbed six rebounds, one shy of his career high.
  • Tyler Ulis totaled six points, five rebounds, a game-high six assists and two steals.
  • He has become more of a scoring presence recently, averaging 6.5 points over the last eight games.
  • He has averaged 3.9 over the last eight games, leading UK in that category in five of the last six games.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scored eight points, netting career highs with 8 of 8 at the foul line.
  • Towns has averaged 13.1 points over the last seven games.

 

 

Comments are closed.