Derek Willis set a new career high in points plus boxscore and other game notes

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  • With the win in the season lidlifter, is 1-0 and Albany is 0-1.
  • The meeting between the two teams was the first in the series.
  • will return to action on Saturday, hosting NJIT at 8 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena. The game will be streamed live on SEC Network+ and will be broadcast live on the Sports Radio Network.

Team Notes

  • With 2,179 all-time wins, Kentucky is the nation’s leader.
  • Kentucky is 94-19 all-time in season openers, including a 7-0 record under John Calipari.
  • Calipari has a 636-178 all-time record, including a 191-38 mark
  • has a 530-64 all-time record at historic Rupp Arena.
    • has won 186 of its last 213 home games.
    • is 102-4 at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
  • The Wildcats have made a 3-pointer in 940 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the nation.
  • Kentucky opened with the lineup of Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Charles Matthews, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis.
    • With Labissiere (native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti) and Murray (Kitchener, Ontario) in the starting lineup, it marks the first time started two players born outside the United States since and Lukasz Orbzut started vs. Georgia in 2006-07.
  • won the battle in rebounds (34-28), bench points (22-19) and assists (16-4).
  • The Wildcats held Albany to 1-of-14 from 3-point territory.

Player Notes

  • Junior Derek Willis set new career highs in points (14), field goals (four), 3-pointers made (two), field-goal attempts (seven) and minutes played (28).
    • Willis tied his career high with a 4-for-4 mark from the charity stripe.
    • Willis tied his career high with five rebounds.
  • Junior Marcus Lee made his fifth career start and his first since 2013-14.
    • Lee tied his career high with eight rebounds and three assists.
    • Leed added 12 points and three blocks in 27 minutes.
  • Sophomore Tyler Ulis made his first career start.
    • Ulis played a career-high 37 minutes.
    • Ulis had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.
  • Senior Alex Poythress played in his team-leading 82nd career game.
    • Poythress was the first player off the bench.
  • Freshman Jamal Murray led the team with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
    • Murray had eight assists, three steals and three rebounds.
  • Freshman Skal Labissiere had nine points, five rebounds and a team-leading four blocks in 30 minutes.
  • Freshman Charles Matthews started in his collegiate debut.
  • Junior Mychal Mulder made his Kentucky debut.
  • Freshman made his NCAA debut.