Jan 18, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard James Young (1) dunks the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Wildcats defeated Tennessee 74-66. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers Post Game Notes

Jan 18, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats center Dakari Johnson (44) shoots a basket against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Wildcats defeated Tennessee 74-66. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee at Kentucky — UK Post-Game Notes

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., January 18, 2014

Attendance: 24,246, second-largest of the season

 

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 74, Tennessee 66

 

Team Records, Notes

  • Kentucky is 13-4, 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference.  Tennessee is 11-6, 2-2 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 150-67.
  • UK leads the series 90-16 in Lexington, including 35-4 in Rupp Arena.
  • This is the only time the teams will meet during the regular season.  The teams have played two regular-season games every year since the 1953-54 season.
  • Kentucky continues its three-game homestand Tuesday night against Texas A&M.  Game time is 9 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

 

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky started Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 10th-consecutive game.
  • Tennessee got the game’s first six points before Julius Randle got UK got on the board at 17:08.  Two possessions later, Randle made his first 3-pointer as a Wildcat.
  • Tennessee led the entire way until the final minute of the half.
    • The Wildcats were down 30-24 when Randle scored UK’s next seven points to make it 32-31 UT.
    • James Young’s first basket of the game, a 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining, sent UK to the locker room with its first lead at 34-32.

 

Second-Half Story   

  • Tennessee regained the lead early in the half and the teams battled back-and-forth.
  • Tied at 39, UK gradually pulled away to 64-53 with 4:11 remaining, the Wildcats’ largest lead of the game.
  • Tennessee held UK scoreless the next three minutes, but could only pull within 64-58 when Andrew Harrison hit a contested driving shot with 1:09 to play.
  • Tennessee got no closer than six the remainder of the way as the Wildcats held on to win 74-66.

 

Team Notes

  • Kentucky has won 19 consecutive home games and is 78-2 in Rupp Arena under Coach Calipari.
  • Kentucky made its first 17 foul shots until the first miss with only 32 seconds to play.
    • UK finished the game 23 of 24 for a season high of 95.8 percent.
  • Kentucky made 7 of 16 on 3-point shots, 43.8 percent.
    • Seven made is only one shy of UK’s season high of eight vs. Arlington and Baylor.
    • 43.8 percent is UK’s fourth-best game of the season.
  • UK did a good job taking care of the ball with only eight turnovers, just one more than the season best of seven vs. Asheville and Belmont.

 

 

 

 

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Individual Notes

 

  • Julius Randle had 18 points, 16 of which came in the first half.
    • Also tied his career high assists with four.

 

  • Andrew Harrison tallied a career-high 26 points, his first 20-point game as a Wildcat.
    • Led the Cats with 10-of-10 at the foul line.
    • Also had three assists with no turnovers in 33 minutes of play.

 

  • Aaron Harrison added 14 points, the 11th time in the last 12 games he has scored in double figures.

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