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Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky improves to 2-6 overall and 1-0 in Southeastern Conference play.
- Mississippi State is now 6-4 overall, 1-1 in the conference.
- UK now leads the series 99-20, including wins in 15 straight vs. the Bulldogs.
- Kentucky leads 37-12 in games played in Starkville, Mississippi.
- The Wildcats have beaten the Bulldogs in every game of the John Calipari era, the only team yet to register a victory vs. UK with Calipari at the helm.
- Next: UK will host Vanderbilt on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center for UK’s SEC home opener. It will be the Wildcats’ first game at home since Dec. 12, a total of 24 days since the last game. The game will be televised by SEC Network.
- Dontaie Allen put on a performance for the ages. After logging just a minute over the previous three games (two DNPs), the redshirt freshman came off the bench to lead the Kentucky comeback with a career-high 23 points.
- Allen played 32 minutes and made 8 of 13 shots and 7 of 11 from 3, plus five rebounds. All were career highs.
- The seven 3-pointers are the most by a Wildcat since Immanuel Quickley made eight at Texas A&M on Feb. 25.
- Trailing 50-41, Allen hit three key 3-pointers to turn the nine-point deficit into a 56-55 UK advantage.
- Allen also hit a 3 with 1:34 left in regulation to tie the game and a 3 in the first overtime that gave Kentucky a three-point lead and eventually sent the game to a second overtime.
- He scored five straight points in the second overtime to extend UK’s 71-70 lead to 76-70.
- Olivier Sarr notched the second double-double as a Kentucky Wildcat and the 13th of his career with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
- Lance Ware played a career-high 35 minutes and grabbed a career-best and game-high 13 boards.
- Brandon Boston Jr. extended his double-figure scoring streak to eight games with 11 points. He’s the only Wildcat to score in double figure in every game.
- Isaiah Jackson had a strong game defensively with four blocks and a career-high three steals in 19 minutes. His four swats were his most since blocking eight vs. Kansas on Dec. 1.
- Devin Askew had another strong game with 11 points, a game-high six assists and four rebounds.
- Terrence Clarke did not play for the first time this season. He’s day-to-day with a right ankle injury.
Coach John Calipari
- Calipari improves to 332-83 at UK.
- He now has a 777-223 all-time on-court record.
- Calipari has a perfect 16-0 record vs. Mississippi State in his career with 15 of the victories coming as head coach at Kentucky.
- UK is 269-48 under Calipari against Associated Press unranked teams.
- Kentucky is 56-18 under Calipari following a loss. Five of those losses occurred during the now-extinct six-game losing streak.
- UK is now won 10 of 12 SEC openers under Calipari and nine of 12 road SEC openers.
- Saturday’s game marked the 1,000th college game of Calipari’s 29-year college head coach career. Calipari is 777-223 in those games. The only coach in NCAA history with at least 189 on-court victories at three different schools, only two coaches (Adolph Rupp with 824 and Roy Williams with 790) have won more games than Calipari through their first 1,000 career games.
- UK snapped a six-game losing streak, its longest since Feb. 5-22, 1989.
- It was tied for the second-longest losing streak in school history. The 1923 team dropped nine in a row.
- UK, which leads the league with 49 regular-season SEC titles, nearly as many as the rest of the league combined, is 68-19 all-time in SEC openers.
- The Wildcats have now won three straight games decided in overtime after winning both overtime games last season.
- It was UK’s first double-overtime game since winning at Texas A&M 70-64 in two overtimes on Jan. 10, 2015.
- Kentucky lost the battle of the boards 49-48, only the third time this season UK has been outrebounded.
- The Wildcats dished out 17 assists, their dimes most since the season opener vs. Morehead State when they had 18.
- UK blocked 10 shots, the most the team has totaled since 12 vs. Kansas on Dec. 1.
- Led by Allen’s seven 3-pointers, Kentucky sank a season-high 11 from long range.