UK-USC: Game Notes

Game Notes as Kentucky slips by South Carolina, 79-75, Wednesday.

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 79, South Carolina 75
Team records and series notes

  • Kentucky is now 10-1 overall and has won six in a row. South Carolina is 8-4 overall and has lost one in a row. This was the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
  • Kentucky has won 13-consecutive home games.
  • Kentucky now leads the series 35-5 and the Wildcats have won 18 of the last 19 meetings.
  • The Wildcats lead 18-1 all-time in games played in Lexington.
  • Tubby Smith, a former assistant coach at South Carolina, is now 21-3 against the Gamecocks as a head coach, including 18-1 at Kentucky.
  • Kentucky is now 56-16 all-time in league openers and has won 17 of the last 18 league lid-lifters.

    UK team game notes

  • The Wildcats made their first seven shots and did not miss until the 14:40 mark of the first half.
  • After making only four of their first 12 foul shots, the Wildcats made 10 in a row during the second half.
  • Trailing 53-50, the Wildcats scored on seven consecutive possessions to take a 66-57 lead. The Gamecocks got no closer than five points after that.
  • South Carolina shot 53.6 percent from the field tonight, breaking Kentucky's streak of holding the opponent under 50 percent shooting in 42-straight games.
  • Kentucky won points off turnovers 21-5. South Carolina had 17 turnovers while the Wildcats had just nine miscues.
  • South Carolina's bench outscored Kentucky's reserves, 25-12, marking the first time this season that UK's bench has been outscored.
  • Kentucky returns to action Sunday, Jan. 9, when the Wildcats play host to Kansas at 4:30 p.m. The game will be a national telecast on CBS.

    UK individual game notes

  • All five starters scored in double figures for the Wildcats. The last time UK had five players tally in double digits was March 19, 2004, vs. Florida A&M in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Chuck Hayes got 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season and 18th of his career. Hayes has claimed at least six rebounds, one assist, and one steal in every game this season.
  • Rajon Rondo played one of his best games with 11 points, a season-high five rebounds, a season-high five assists, and three steals while playing a season-high 32 minutes. He has had at least one steal in every game this season.
  • Patrick Sparks tied his season high with seven assists. It was the third-consecutive game, and fourth time this season, that he had seven assists. He has had at least three assists in every game this season.
  • Kelenna Azubuike downed four three-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points. Four three-pointers tied his career best.

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