Postgame Notes: South Carolina Edition

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Postgame Notes

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Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes
South Carolina 72, #17/15 Kentucky 67
March 1, 2014
Colonial Life Arena – Columbia, S.C.

 Team Records, Notes

  • Kentucky falls to 21-8 overall and 11-5 in Southeastern Conference action. South Carolina improves to 11-18 and 4-12 in league play.
  • Kentucky still leads the overall series 47-11 and 18-7 in Columbia.
  • The Wildcats return to action with the season’s home finale on Tuesday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET. Kentucky welcomes Alabama to Rupp on Senior Night.
  • Today’s attendance was 15,303.

Team Facts

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup was comprised of all freshmen for the ninth-straight outing. Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle and James Young formed the lineup. That squad is now 6-3 on the year as the opening five.
  • Jarrod Polson was the first sub off the bench for UK. It’s the second time this season he’s been called upon first.
  • Young hit a 3-pointer at the 15:10 mark in the opening half to extend UK’s 3-streak to 889 consecutive games. It is the third largest streak in the country.
  • South Carolina held a 31-28 lead at halftime. UK is 3-6 and 1-4 when trailing at the break.
  • Kentucky scored 33 points on free throws which is the second most in a single game in the John Calipari era.

 First Half Facts

    • Kentucky scored the game’s first three points, but South Carolina scored the next five to take a 5-3 advantage into the opening media break. UK missed four of its first five attempts from the field.
    • UK shot 17-of-23 from the free throw line as the Gamecocks were whistled for 14 first half fouls.
    • The Blue and White hauled in 30 rebounds in the opening half and held a rebounding margin of +15 in the opening stanza.
    • South Carolina shot 35.7 percent from the field including 50.0 percent from behind the arc in the opening half compared to just 17.2 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from 3-point range for the Cats.
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