Win #35 – NCAA Tournament Game 1 – Kentucky 79 Hampton 56

Kentucky vs. Hampton, Men’s Basketball – NCAA Tournament – Second Round
KFCYum! Center, Louisville, Ky., March 19, 2015
Attendance: 21,639

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 79, Hampton 56
Team records: Kentucky is 35-0, Hampton is 17-18.
Kentucky and Hampton played for the first time.
With Kentucky’s 35 consecutive victories …
It extends the longest win streak in Kentucky history.
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 212-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 57 of the last 59 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 101-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 60-4 at UK.
Calipari is now 187-37 (.834) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
Next for the Wildcats: UK will play Cincinnati in the NCAA third round on Saturday at approximately 2:40 p.m. ET (30 minutes following the UCLA vs. UAB game) in the KFC Yum! Center.
In the NCAA Tournament
Kentucky is 44-10 in tournament openers, and has won 22 of its last 23 second-round (previously first-round) tournament games.
The Wildcats are 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games held in Louisville. UK is 3-0 in NCAA Tournament games held in the KFC Yum! Center.
Kentucky won its nation-leading 117th NCAA Tournament game. UK is 117-47 (.713) all-time in the Big Dance.
Since 1992, the Wildcats are 116-32 (.784) in postseason play (NCAA, NIT and SEC).
Kentucky also leads the country in wins in the tournament since 2010 (19), when John Calipari first led UK into the Big Dance.
UK is 19-3 in tournament games under John Calipari.
Team Notes
Kentucky entered the game as the nation’s top-rated shooting-percentage defense, and the Wildcats held Hampton to 28.8 percent from the field.
Kentucky held a team to less than 30-percent shooting for the first time since South Carolina (Feb. 14).
Kentucky has now held 12 opponents to less than 30 percent shooting for the game.
Kentucky is now holding opponents to a combined total shooting percentage of .353.
Kentucky shot 71.4 percent from the foul line, 20 of 28. The Wildcats have made 78.4 percent at the charity stripe over the last five games (105 of 134).
UK trailed for 29 seconds. The Wildcats have trailed for only 179:23 of a possible 1,415 minutes this season.
Kentucky won bench points today, 24-10. Kentucky has won bench points in all but one game this season (vs. Arkansas, SEC Championship).
Game Facts
Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 16th time this season.
Marcus Lee, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Dakari Johnson entered the game at the 16:24 mark.
Kentucky started the game 3 of 10 from the floor in the first 5:31 of the game.
Kentucky’s streak of 935 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Andrew Harrison connected from deep with 49 seconds to go in the first half.
Kentucky started the second half with Booker, Ulis, Andrew Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and Cauley-Stein.
Kentucky started the second half on an 8-0 run in the first 2:50 of the period.
Player Notes
Karl-Anthony Towns had his eighth double-double of the season and second in the last four games.
He finished with a career-high 21 points. He added 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Andrew Harrison scored 14 points. It was his 15th double-figure scoring game of the season.
Trey Lyles scored 10 points and added six rebounds.
Tyler Ulis scored 11 points and had a game-high three assists.
Ulis has scored in double figures six times.
Ulis has scored in double figures in two games he has played at the KFC Yum! Center (at Louisville on Dec. 21, 2014).
He has led UK in assists in seven of the last eight games.

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