Defense locks down Missouri as Kentucky cruises to 16-0 plus boxscore and other game notes

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  • Kentucky is 16-0, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. is 7-9 overall, 1-2 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 7-0, including 4-0 in Lexington.
  • Along with Virginia, Kentucky is one of two undefeated teams in NCAA Division I.
  • With 16 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK is off to the fourth-best start in program history, tying the 1933-34 team for that honor.
  • Kentucky is 194-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 34 of the last 36 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three teams to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 78-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 37-4 at UK.
  • Kentucky returns to action Saturday at Alabama. Tipoff is 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST in Tuscaloosa) and it will be televised on ESPN.

Team Notes

  • This was Kentucky’s largest margin of victory against a Southeastern Conference opponent since a 62-point margin against Vanderbilt, 106-44, on March 5, 2003.
  • The 37 points scored by is the fewest by an SEC opponent since a 50-36 win over Mississippi State on Jan. 31, 1987.
  • UK held to below 20 points in both halves. It is the second time this season UK has achieved the feat (also vs. Montana State). UK has now held an opponent to 20 or fewer points in 12 halves this season.
  • was limited to 27.1 percent from the field, the ninth opponent this season held under 30 percent shooting. UK entered the game leading the nation in field-goal percentage defense (31.3 percent).
  • was held to 5.6 percent on 3-point shots (1 of 18), the lowest percentage this season by a Kentucky opponent.
  • Kentucky made 8 of 18 shots from 3-point territory, 44.4 percent. Over the last six games, Kentucky has shot 43.8 percent on 3-pointers, 53 of 121.
  • Kentucky shot a season-best 80 percent from the foul line, hitting 24 of 30.
  • UK is 100-5 in the Era when holding opponents to 63 or fewer points, including 12-0 this season.
  • UK is 50-0 in the Era when holding opponents to 55 or fewer points, including 12 times this season.
  • Tyler Ulis’ 3-point shot with 13 minutes to go in the first half extended Kentucky’s streak of a 3-pointer in 916 consecutive games. It’s the second-longest streak in the country.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Dominique Hawkins, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and for the third time this season.
  • Leading 12-10, Kentucky took control by closing the half with a 32-8 run, going to intermission ahead 44-18.

Second-Half Story

  • Kentucky started the second half with Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson.
  • Kentucky outscored 42-19 in the second half, the 12th half of the season that UK held the opponent under 20 points.

Player Notes

  • Aaron Harrison led all scorers with 16 points. He made five 3-pointers, tying his career high set a week ago vs. Ole Miss.  He has made at least two 3-pointers in six straight games.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein compiled 13 points, his best since tallying 15 in the win over North Carolina on Dec. 13.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns had 12 points and 10 rebounds, his second double-double of the season (also vs. UT Arlington).
  • Devin Booker had a perfect shooting night. He made both field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, and both free throws for a total of seven points.  He has made 17 of 22 3-pointers (77.3 percent) over the last six games.
  • Dominique Hawkins made his third start of the season, his first since the game on Nov. 23. He tallied six points, three assists and a career-high two steals.