Kentucky Wildcats Big Blue Bahamas Tour: Game 2 Notes and Interviews

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With game two of the Kentucky Wildcats Big Blue Bahamas Tour in the book, it’s time to look at some breakdown of the game. For your pleasure, here is the box score from today’s game, as well as the cumulative box score through the first two games of the tour. Additionally, below are the official notes from the UKAA and some videos of the post game press conference. Enjoy!

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky 81, Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket 49
August 11, 2014
Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium

 Team Records, Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 2-0 on its 2014 exhibition tour in the Bahamas.
  • Including a trip to Canada for an exhibition series in 2010, the Wildcats are now 5-0 in exhibition contests in the John Calipari era.
  • Associate head coach Kenny Payne served as Kentucky’s head coach in today’s contest.
  • The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. UK will play the Puerto Rico National Team Reserves for the second time in three days.
  • UK dished out 17 assists and has combined for 37 assists in two contests. Seven different Wildcats had at least one assist in today’s game.
  • For the second straight contest, Kentucky’s 10 players who posted at least 19 minutes of game action scored at least one basket.
  • Kentucky dominated the boards and hauled in 38 for the contest, while limiting Chalons-Reims to just 18.
  • UK’s offensive efficiency was once again stellar as the Wildcats connected on 52 percent of its shots from the floor. In two games, Kentucky is shooting at a sparkling 50 percent clip.
  • Nine of Kentucky’s 29 made field goals came in the form of a dunk. Marcus Lee, Aaron Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns, Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson all registered at least one dunk.

First Half Facts

  • Kentucky used the starting lineup of Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress for the second consecutive outing.
  • Poythress scored the game’s first bucket.
  • Kentucky’s first subs off the bench were the equivalent of yesterday’s squad of Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyler Ulis and Derek Willis.
  • Chalons-Reims grabbed a 20-12 lead with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the half.
  • Behind a 10-0 run late in the opening stanza, UK grabbed a lead it would not relinquish at 28-22. The run included a Hawkins-to-Lee alley-oop and back-to-back 3-pointers from Hawkins and Willis.
  • Poythress scored six points over the final 3:18 and ended the stanza as UK’s top scorer with eight first half points.
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