Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs. Tennessee

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  • is 11-5 overall, 2-1 in the SEC.  is 8-7, 0-3 in the league.
  • leads the series 149-66 and has won the last six meetings.  Kentucky has played more than any other opponent.
  • hits the road for a pair of away games, Saturday at Auburn (9 p.m. EST on ESPNU) and Tuesday at Alabama.

 First-Half Facts

  • started with the lineup of Ryan Harrow, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein for the fourth-straight game.
  • The teams battled evenly in the first half, separated by no more than six points at any time, as Kentucky led 34-31 at intermission.

 Second-Half Story

  • Tied at 37, Kentucky went on a 8-0 run for a 45-37 lead.
  • Trailing 47-39, bounced back with an 8-0 run to re-tie the game at 47.
  • took its only lead of the half, 54-53 on a 3-pointer by Derek Reese at the 7:19 mark.
  • Tied at 56 on a pair of Reese foul shots with 6:27 remaining, UK outscored 19-9 the remainder of the way.
    • Harrow got the final spurt started with a layup on a pass from Noel.
    • Julius Mays followed with a pair of 3-pointers.
    • Kyle Wiltjer scored the next five points for the Wildcats to stretch the lead to 69-62.
    • got no closer than six the remainder of the way.

 Team Notes

  • The first half continues to tell the tale for the Wildcats.  UK is 11-0 this season when leading at halftime, 0-5 when trailing.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding 34-30.  UK is 9-2 this season when outrebounding the opponent.

Individual Notes

  • Willie Cauley-Stein had seven points and five rebounds.
    • Has made 24 of 34 shots (70.6 percent) over the last seven games.
  • Ryan Harrow notched 12 points and four assists.
    • Harrow has scored double figures in seven-straight games and is averaging 15.6 over that stretch.
  • Julius Mays had nine points, including the pair of crucial 3-pointers with the game hanging in the balance
    • With one assist and one turnover tonight, he has a 25-7 assist-turnover ratio over the last nine games.
  • Nerlens Noel had another stat-stuffing line tonight with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, four blocked shots and four steals.
    • Has at least six rebounds in every game this season.
    • Has blocked at least one shot in every game this season and at least two rejections in eight-straight games.
    • Has made 37 of 51 shots (72.5 percent) in the last nine games.
  • Alex Poythress totaled 10 points, including two-of-two 3-pointers, and eight rebounds.
    • His 11th double-figure scoring game of the season.
  • Kyle Wiltjer paced the Wildcats with 17 points, the fifth time this season he has led the team in scoring.