UK-LSU: Game Notes

Game Notes from LSU - UK ....

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 89, LSU 58

Team records and series notes

  • Kentucky is now 14-2 overall and has won four in a row. UK is 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU is 9-6 overall, breaking a three-game win streak. The Tigers are 2-2 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 75-21 and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings. UK is 38-4 vs. LSU in games played in Lexington.
  • Tubby Smith has a 10-1 career record vs. LSU, including 7-1 at Kentucky.
  • Kentucky has won 19-consecutive games against SEC Western Division teams, including 17 regular-season matchups and two games in the SEC Tournament. UK's last loss against the SEC West was Jan. 26, 2002, a 64-61 loss to Alabama in Rupp Arena.

    Team game notes

  • Key run: behind 5-0, UK went on a 23-3 run for a 23-8 lead. The Wildcats never trailed again.
  • Kentucky opened a 20-point lead, 47-27, before settling for a 49-36 halftime advantage. It was Kentucky's highest first-half point total of the season.
  • Kentucky's bench played 48 minutes in the first half and scored 23 points. The rest enabled the Wildcat starters to blow open the game in the second half. Ahead 64-51 with 9:37 to play, UK closed the game with a 25-7 run. Kentucky shot 54.2 percent from the field, the third time in five SEC games that the Wildcats have topped 50 percent.
  • The Wildcats made a season-high 11 three-pointers, making a season-high 55 percent from the arc.
  • Kentucky limited LSU to 58 points, 19.8 below the Tigers' average. The Tigers scored just nine points in the game's final 13-plus minutes. UK leads the SEC in scoring defense with 57.6 points per game.
  • Kentucky had just nine turnovers today, the third time this season that the Wildcats have had only single-digit miscues.
  • The Wildcats dominated points in the paint, 42-20, points off turnovers, 29-13, and bench points, 33-9.
  • Kentucky plays its next three games away from Rupp Arena, its first three-game SEC road swing since the 1996-97 season. The Wildcats open the road trip Tuesday at Tennessee. Tip-off for the ESPN-televised game has been moved up to 7 p.m.

    UK individual game notes

  • Shagari Alleyne had one of his best games with nine points, four blocked shots, and led the Wildcats with six rebounds. It is the first time in his career that he has led the team in rebounding in a game.
  • Chuck Hayes tallied 10 points, giving him 1,026 in his career and moving him past Bob Burrow (1,023) for 48th place on the UK career scoring list.
  • Rajon Rondo had two steals, continuing his streak of at least one steal in every game this season.
  • Patrick Sparks led UK's season-best three-point barrage by sinking 5-of-7 threes. Sparks, who leads the SEC in assist/turnover ratio, had three assists and no miscues today.
  • He has a streak of 29 consecutive games (including his last 13 games at Western Kentucky in 2003) with at least three assists.
  • Back on board: Ramel Bradley, who sustained a mild concussion and sat out the second half of the Mississippi game on Wednesday, returned to action today. Bradley provided an offensive spark with five points during UK's early 23-3 run and finished with 10 points, all in the first half. Joe Crawford, who left the team for a week and did not play in the last three games, also returned to action today. He had five points, making a three-pointer and both of his free throws.

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