Alex Poythress gets second consecutive double-double plus boxscore, other game notes

Alex Poythress - photo by Walter Cornett

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  • Kentucky moved to 5-0 on the season. Boston is now 2-3.
  • Kentucky leads the series 5-0.
  • Kentucky returns to action Friday, Nov. 27, against South Florida in the Hoophall Miami Invitational. Game time is 5 p.m. ET and it will be televised on ESPN.

Game Notes

  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis for the third game in a row.
  • UK held Boston scoreless for the first three minutes of the game while building a 10-0 lead.
  • Boston rallied to within 10-9 and the dogged Terriers kept it close, eventually taking their first and only lead at 32-31 with 3:28 to go in the opening period.
  • UK, however, quickly regained the lead and scored the final six points of the half to take a 40-33 advantage into intermission.
  • In the second half, Boston got no closer than seven points.
  • Ahead 60-53, UK finished the game with a 22-9 run to make the final 82-62.

Team Notes

  • With 2,183 all-time wins, Kentucky is the nation’s leader in that category.
  • Coach John Calipari has a 640-178 (.782) all-time record, including a 195-38 (.837) mark at Kentucky.
    • Calipari is 106-4 (.964) in Rupp Arena.
  • UK extended a streak of 36 consecutive regular-season wins and 24 straight wins in Rupp Arena.
  • Kentucky is now 120-5 (.960) under Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
  • Jamal Murray made a 3-pointer at the 14:30 mark of the opening half, extending UK’s streak of games with a made 3-pointer to 944, the second-longest streak in the nation.
  • Kentucky had a +42 margin on points in the paint, 58-16.
  • UK attacked the backboard for 18 offensive rebounds, leading to a 24-9 advantage in second-chance points.
  • UK shot 51.6 percent from the field, the third game this season the Cats made at least half their shots.
  • It was a night of balance for the Wildcats with five players scoring in double figures and four Cats gathering at least six rebounds.
  • For the third time in the last 50 seasons, UK has won each of their first five games of a season by at least 11 points (1982-1983, 2014-2015, 2015-2016).
  • For the third time since 1982-1983 UK has won each of their first five games of a season while scoring at least 74 points (1987-1988, 1992-1993, 2015-2016).

 The View From the Top

  • Kentucky was ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls released Monday.
  • UK owns an all-time record of 216-28 (.885) as the nation’s top-ranked team.
  • UK is 64-5 (.928) under Calipari when ranked No. 1 and the Wildcats have been in the No. 1 slot in five of the seven years of Calipari’s term in Lexington.
  • Calipari is 105-10 (.913) all-time as the head coach of the AP’s No. 1 team.

Player Notes

  • Senior Alex Poythress collected 14 points (7 of 8 field goals) and 10 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double and fourth of his career.
  • Sophomore Tyler Ulis had 15 points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists.
    • He has averaged 18 points over the last three games.
    • It is his fourth consecutive game with at least five assists. He is the first Wildcat to do so since Brandon Knight in Feb. 2011.
    • He is the first Wildcat with at least 15 points, six rebounds and six assists in a game since Andrew Harrison vs. North Carolina on Dec. 14, 2013 (17 points, six rebounds, seven assists).
    • He is the first Wildcat with at least 15 points and five assists in three consecutive games.
  • Freshman Skal Labissiere led all scorers with 16 points, adding a season-high seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
  • Freshman Isaiah Briscoe had 11 points and has scored in double figures in all four games he’s played this year. He also contributed seven rebounds and five assists.
  • Freshman Jamal Murray notched 12 points.

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