Kentucky wins its nation-leading 117th NCAA Tournament game plus boxscore and other game notes

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  • Team records: Kentucky is 35-0, Hampton is 17-18.
  • Kentucky and Hampton played for the first time.
  • With Kentucky’s 35 consecutive victories …
    • It extends the longest win streak in Kentucky history.
    • It extended the longest season-opening win streak for any team in SEC history.
    • It extended the longest win streak for a John Calipari-coached team.
  • Kentucky is 212-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 57 of the last 59 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 101-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 60-4 at UK.
  • Calipari is now 187-37 (.834) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK will play Cincinnati in the NCAA third round on Saturday at approximately 2:40 p.m. ET (30 minutes following the UCLA vs. UAB game) in the KFC Yum! Center.

In the NCAA Tournament

  • Kentucky is 44-10 in tournament openers, and has won 22 of its last 23 second-round (previously first-round) tournament games.
  • The Wildcats are 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games held in Louisville. UK is 3-0 in NCAA Tournament games held in the KFC Yum! Center.
  • Kentucky won its nation-leading 117th NCAA Tournament game. UK is 117-47 (.713) all-time in the Big Dance.
  • Since 1992, the Wildcats are 116-32 (.784) in postseason play (NCAA, NIT and SEC).
  • Kentucky also leads the country in wins in the tournament since 2010 (19), when John Calipari first led UK into the Big Dance.
  • UK is 19-3 in tournament games under John Calipari.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky entered the game as the nation’s top-rated shooting-percentage defense, and the Wildcats held Hampton to 28.8 percent from the field.
    • Kentucky held a team to less than 30-percent shooting for the first time since South Carolina (Feb. 14).
    • Kentucky has now held 12 opponents to less than 30 percent shooting for the game.
    • Kentucky is now holding opponents to a combined total shooting percentage of .353.
  • Kentucky shot 71.4 percent from the foul line, 20 of 28. The Wildcats have made 78.4 percent at the charity stripe over the last five games (105 of 134).
  • UK trailed for 29 seconds. The Wildcats have trailed for only 179:23 of a possible 1,415 minutes this season.
  • Kentucky won bench points today, 24-10. Kentucky has won bench points in all but one game this season (vs. Arkansas, SEC Championship).

Game Facts

  • Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 16th time this season.
  • Marcus Lee, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Dakari Johnson entered the game at the 16:24 mark.
  • Kentucky started the game 3 of 10 from the floor in the first 5:31 of the game.
  • Kentucky’s streak of 935 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Andrew Harrison connected from deep with 49 seconds to go in the first half.
  • Kentucky started the second half with Booker, Ulis, Andrew Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and Cauley-Stein.
  • Kentucky started the second half on an 8-0 run in the first 2:50 of the period.

Player Notes

  • Karl-Anthony Towns had his eighth double-double of the season and second in the last four games.
    • He finished with a career-high 21 points. He added 11 rebounds and two blocks.
  • Andrew Harrison scored 14 points. It was his 15th double-figure scoring game of the season.
  • Trey Lyles scored 10 points and added six rebounds.
  • Tyler Ulis scored 11 points and had a game-high three assists.
    • Ulis has scored in double figures six times.
    • Ulis has scored in double figures in two games he has played at the KFC Yum! Center (at Louisville on Dec. 21, 2014).
    • He has led UK in assists in seven of the last eight games.

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