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–Kentucky is 18-7 overall, 6-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is 13-12 overall, 5-6 in league play.
–UK leads the series with Mississippi State, 87-20, including 44-5 in Lexington.
–Kentucky has a 120-30 record against SEC West teams since the league split into divisions in 1991-92.
–Kentucky remains at home for the next game as the Wildcats play host to South Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
–With Darius Miller coming off a leg injury, Kentucky used the lineup of Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, DeAndre Liggins, Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson for the first time this season.
–Mississippi State stormed out to a 5-0 lead on the Bulldogs' first two possessions and UK called a timeout at 19:27.
–The Bulldogs stayed hot and extended their lead to 24-13 at the 10:39 mark. At that point, MSU was 8 of 10 from the field and 5 of 6 at the foul line.
–Kentucky got as close as one point at 31-30 but MSU kept the lead the entire half.
–With Mississippi State ahead 40-35 with 1.1 seconds to go, MSU's Brian Bryant was called for fouling Brandon Knight on a three-point shot. Coach Rick Stansbury was assessed a technical foul.
–Knight made 4-of-5 foul shots (2 of 2 on the technical, 2 of 3 on the three-pointer) to draw UK within 40-39 at intermission.
–Josh Harrellson opened the second half with a layup to give UK its first lead at 41-40.
–MSU reclaimed the advantage with a 7-0 run to go ahead 48-43.
–Trailing 50-47, the Wildcats sparked an 11-0 run for a 58-50 lead.
–MSU got as close as two points at 65-63 before the Wildcats expanded the cushion to 80-67 with a 15-4 spurt.
–MSU rallied within four points, 83-79, with 43 seconds to play but the Bulldogs got no closer.
–Kentucky is 30-0 at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari.
–UK has won 31 in a row at home, beginning with the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and continuing with the last 30 at Rupp. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation.
–UK shot 56.1 percent from the field. UK is 9-0 this season (27-0 under Coach Calipari) when making at least half their field-goal attempts.
–UK won points in the paint, 34-20.
–Kentucky has made at least one three-point shot in 774 consecutive games.
Terrence Jones totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds.
–Jones leads the SEC in double-doubles with nine
Brandon Knight led all players with 24 points and seven assists
–Has 11 20-point games this season, extending his record for most ever by a UK freshman
–24 points was one short of his career high
–Has scored in double figures in 20-consecutive games and 24 of 25 games this season. The last Wildcat with 20 consecutive double-figure games was Jodie Meeks in the 2008-09 season.
–Seven assists was one short of his career high
Making his fourth start of the season, Doron Lamb poured in 20 points. It's his fifth 20-point game of the season.
Darius Miller tossed in 13 points and added two blocked shots, two steals, one assist and did not have a turnover.
–Recovering from a leg injury sustained Saturday at Vanderbilt, Miller did not start for the first time this season. It ended a streak of 31-consecutive starting assignments, dating back to last season.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.