Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs Providence

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  • Kentucky is 7-0 and is 6-1
  • Kentucky leads the series 3-0.
  • Kentucky is 185-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 25 of the last 27 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
    • Coach has led three teams to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 69-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 28-4 at UK.
  • Kentucky returns to action Friday at home against Texas. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Karl-Anthony Towns andWillie Cauley-Stein for the fifth time this season.
  • Kentucky scored the first six points of the game (two baskets by Towns and one by Andrew Harrison) but rallied to take a 12-8 lead.
  • made its last basket of the first half at the 7:41 mark, making the score 17-14 in favor of the Friars. Providence’s final three points of the first half came on foul shots.
  • Trailing 20-18, regained the lead with a 6-0 run to make it 24-20.
  • Kentucky led 26-22 at halftime.

Second-Half Story

  • Kentucky started the second half with Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson.
  • After got a 3-pointer to narrow the score to 26-25, UK took control with an 18-4 run to give the Wildcats a 44-29 advantage.
  • Kentucky went on to win 58-38.

Team Notes

  • was limited to 28.2 percent from the field.
  • After making seven of their first 10 field goal attempts to start the game, the Friars made just four of 29 the rest of the way.
  • Kentucky has held all seven opponents under 40 percent shooting, including four games under 30 percent.
  • Coming into the game averaging 24.3 points per game, LaDontae Henton of was held to three points today.
  • Kentucky won turnovers 18-7, leading to a 21-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • UK won the second half 32-16. This marked the seventh half of the season that an opponent has scored fewer than 20 points.
  • Kentucky had a season-high 12 steals, including four by Andrew Harrison, most by a Wildcat this season.
  • UK won rebounding 33-29 today and has outrebounded all seven opponents this season.
  • UK won bench points 18-9 and has won bench points every game this season.
  • Kentucky is now 44-0 under Coach Calipari when holding the opponent to 55 or fewer points.

Player Notes

  • Karl-Anthony Towns and shared game-high scoring honors with 11 points each. It was Towns’ second-consecutive game in double figures and Cauley-Stein’s third double-figure game of the season.
    • Towns and Cauley-Stein also tied a pair of Friars for top rebounder with six each.
  • Aaron and each contributed six points and four assists. Andrew’s four steals are most by a Wildcat this season.
  • Tyler Ulis had six points, three steals and three offensive rebounds. In their postgame remarks, both coaches mentioned Ulis for having a disruptive presence in the game.