Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs. Loyola-Maryland

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  • Kentucky is 11-1 and Loyola-Maryland is 8-3.
  • This was the first meeting between and Loyola-Maryland. The Wildcats are 14-0 all-time against teams from the current configuration of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, including 2-0 this season.
  • After the Christmas break, Kentucky continues the five-game homestand Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8:30 p.m. vs. Lamar. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

 

First-Half Facts

 

  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Anthony Davis for the third time this season.
  • Kentucky grabbed the lead at 4-2 and led the remainder of the game.
  • After built its biggest first-half lead at 33-23, Loyola went on an 8-0 run to cut the margin to 33-31.
  • At that point, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored four quick points and went on to lead at halftime, 45-39.
  • Key stat in first half: Loyola 4 of 10 on three pointers, 0 of 6 from long range.

 

Second-Half Story

 

  • With the score 51-46, Kentucky made its first three-pointer with 17:12 remaining when swished from the left corner.
    • Wiltjer’s three began a 22-4 run that gave a 73-50 advantage. Wiltjer scored 10 points in the 22-4 spurt.
  • From there, Kentucky coasted to an 87-63 win.

 

Team Notes

 

  • Kentucky shot 53.8 percent from the field, making 28 of 52 shots. It’s the seventh time this season that the Wildcats made at least half their shots in a game.
  • Kentucky made 28 of 37 free throws, season highs in both categories.
  • UK is 57-1 under Calipari when the opponents scores 67 or fewer points.
  • The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to 42 games, the second-longest active streak in the nation. The run includes the 2009 game at Memorial Coliseum and the last 41 games at Rupp Arena.
  • UK is a perfect 41-0 under Coach John Calipari at Rupp Arena, the longest win streak in venue history.
  • UK owns a 467-60 all-time record in Rupp Arena.
  • Since the 2000 season, Calipari-coached teams have posted a 195-19 record at home.
  • In its 109th season of basketball, Kentucky is the NCAA’s all-time wins leader with 2,063 wins.

 

Individual Notes

 

  • bagged a career-high 24 points.
  • notched 13 points his third-straight game in double figures.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 15 points, reaching double-figure scoring for the fifth-straight game.
    • Kidd-Gilchrist also had a game-high four assists.
  • Anthony Davis totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds
    • Davis’ fifth double-double of the season
    • Made a career-high five foul shots