Kentucky falls to Kansas at home 79-73

From UK Athletics

Josh Jackson and Frank Mason

Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Frank Mason postgame

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kansas at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

January 28, 2017
Attendance: 24,418 (season high)

Final Score: #2/1 Kansas 79, #4/4 Kentucky 73

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 17-4 overall while Kansas is now 19-2.
  • Kentucky leads the series 22-8, including 7-2 in Lexington.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats host Georgia on Tuesday at 9 p.m.  The game will be televised on ESPN.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the 15th time this season.  UK is 11-4 with this lineup.
  • Trailing 8-7, UK took the lead with a 7-0 spurt, capped by a 3-pointer by Derek Willis that extended Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 995 consecutive games.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 12 points in the first half.
  • Kentucky stayed ahead the remainder of the half, but Kansas closed with a 7-1 run to pull within 32-27 at intermission.

In the Second Half

  • Kansas quickly got a pair of 3-pointers to take its first lead (33-32) since 8-7.
  • The teams battled back and forth until Kansas went on an 11-0 run to go ahead 69-59 with 4:41 to play.
  • Kentucky got back within four points at 77-73 but no closer as Kansas held on to win.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky lost despite holding a 12-point lead in the first half. This was only the fourth loss under Coach John Calipari – first against a nonconference opponent – in which the Wildcats led by at least 10 points.  UK is now 204-4 (.981) under Calipari in games leading by at least 10.
  • Kentucky lost back-to-back games for only the eighth time under Calipari.  Kentucky is now 36-8 under Calipari (.818) in bounce-back games after losses.
  • This is only the third time in eight years under Calipari that the Wildcats have lost at least two home games (2012-13 and 2013-14)
  • Calipari has a 679-191 (.780) on-court record, including a 234-51 (.821) mark at UK.
    • UK is 47-20 against Associated Press Top 25 teams under Calipari, 5-3 vs. top-five teams.
  • Kentucky has an all-time mark of 556-66 (.894) in Rupp Arena.
    • UK is 129-6 (.956) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.

Player Notes

  • Senior Derek Willis had a season-high 18 points, boosted by a season-best 5 of 6 on 3-point shots.
  • Freshman Malik Monk tallied 18 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season.
  • Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 12 points, a game-high six assists and tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight.
    • Briscoe has nabbed 22 rebounds over the last two games.
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo had 10 points, his third straight game in double figures, while tying Briscoe for the team lead in rebounds with eight.
  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 10 points, his 18th game this season in double figures.
  • Senior Mychal Mulder missed his third game in a row because of illness.

Box Score

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Season Stats

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Before the Game Kentucky set a Guinness World Record

From UK Athletics

#BBN Sets Crowd Roar World Record 
#TurnUpRupp sets Guinness World Record with 126.4-decibel measurement at KU game

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky fans have long been known for being among the loudest anywhere. Now they have the world record to prove it.

With a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records in attendance, the crowd at Rupp Arena set a world record for the loudest indoor crowd cheer when it was measured at 126.4 decibels just before tipoff of the Wildcats’ matchup with Kansas on Saturday. Two more attempts to break the newly set record will be made later in the game.

UK Athletics and UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center joined forces to encourage fans to #TurnUpRupp and break the previous indoor crowd roar record, which was set by the Sacramento Kings in November 2013. The crowd roar was gauged by natural noise such as cheering and clapping only. No digital or artificial noise was allowed.


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