Notes from UK Athletics

Final Score: No. 2 seed Kentucky 79, No. 15 seed Abilene Christian 44

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 28-6 overall. Abilene Christian is 27-7. 
  • This was the first meeting between the teams.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats take on the winner of tonight’s Wofford vs. Seton Hall game.
    • UK has never played Wofford.
    • Seton Hall leads the UK series 2-1, including an 84-83 overtime win on Dec. 8 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the combination of Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, EJ Montgomery and Reid Travis for the first time. 
  • Kentucky jumped out to an 8-0 lead, and after an ACU 3-pointer, a 10-point spurt made it 18-3.
  • UK closed the half on an 11-0 run and went to halftime ahead 39-13.  
    • It is the fewest points allowed by UK in a half in an NCAA Tournament game.
    • It is the fewest points allowed by UK in a half in any game since limiting UCLA to seven points in the first half on Dec. 20, 2014.

In the Second Half

  • UK had a 10-0 run, going from 56-31 to 66-31.
  • UK led by as many as 36 points on two occasions, 70-34 and 79-43. 

Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited Abilene Christian to 44 points. UK is 74-0 under Calipari when holding the opponent to 55 points or less, including 10-0 this season.
  • UK is 171-7 (.961) under Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 points or less, including 19-0 this season.
  • ACU shot 32.1 percent from the field. UK is 180-15 (.923) under Calipari when keeping the opponents to 40 percent or less, including 16-0 this season.
  • UK shot 53.6 percent from the field. UK is 14-1 this season when making at least half its shots. 
  • Kentucky won the rebounding, 44-17. UK is 23-4 this season when outrebounding the opponent. 
    • The +27 rebounding margin helped UK win second-chance points 24-2.
  • UK dominated points in the paint, 40-20.

In the NCAA Tournament

  • Kentucky has an all-tine record of 127-51 in the NCAA Tournament, more wins than any team in NCAA Tournament history.
  • UK is making its NCAA record 58th appearance in the tournament.
  • UK is 23-7 as the No. 2 seed in the tournament. UK is 8-0 vs. No. 15 seeds.
  • UK is 29-7 in the NCAA Tournament under Calipari.  

Player Notes  

  • Keldon Johnson led all scorers with 25 points, trailing only his career-high 27 vs. Tennessee State.
    • He made 3-of-5 on 3-pointers. UK is 6-0 when Johnson makes at least three 3-pointers.
  • Reid Travis totaled 18 points and nine rebounds. It is his most points since tallying 18 vs. Kansas on Jan. 26. 
  • Tyler Herro notched 14 points and five rebounds. 
  • E.J. Montgomery had three points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
    • It is his second double-figure rebounding game of the season, also 13 vs. South Carolina. 
  • Jemarl Baker had a career-high seven points.
  • PJ Washington sat out the game with a sprained foot. 

Calipari

  • Calipari is now 303-70 at UK.  
  • Calipari has a 748-210 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari has a 54-18 record in the NCAA Tournament.
  • UK is 246-40 vs. unranked competition under Calipari, and has won the last 14 in a row. 

Box Score

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