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Arkansas at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

January 7, 2017
Attendance: 24,322  

Final Score: No. 6/6 Kentucky 97, Arkansas 71

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 13-2 overall, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas is 12-3, 1-2 in the SEC.
  • This is the fourth time in Coach John Calipari’s eight seasons at UK that the Wildcats have been spotless through their first three league games.
  • Kentucky leads the series 29-11 and has won four in a row.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play at Vanderbilt on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.  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 ninth time this season.  UK is 7-2 with this lineup.
  • Derek Willis hit a 3-pointer at the 15:24 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 990 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation.
  • Trailing 20-15, Arkansas went on a 9-0 run to take a 24-20 lead with 8:04 left.
  • At that point, Kentucky went to a four-guard lineup, sparking a 12-0 run, giving the Wildcats a lead they never relinquished.
    • UK stayed with the four-guard set for seven minutes, going 15-5 in that segment.
  • UK led the remainder of the half and went to intermission ahead 41-38.

In the Second Half

  • UK gradually pulled away in the second half, eventually leading by as many as 26 points at the final score of 97-71.
  • UK controlled the second half, 56-33.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky shot 52.5 percent from the field, the 10th time this season the Wildcats have hit at least half their shots.
  • UK made 28-of-40 foul shots, season highs in both categories.
  • Five Wildcats scored in double figures; it’s the sixth straight game that at least one Wildcat tallied 20 or more points.
  • Kentucky get a good job getting out on the fast break, leading that statistic 24-4.
  • Calipari has a 675-189 (.781) on-court record, including a 230-49 (.824) mark at UK.
  • Kentucky has an all-time mark of 554-65 (.895) in Rupp Arena.
    • UK is 127-5 (.962) at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
    • UK has a 42-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.

Player Notes

  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox had a career-high 27 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line.
    • Fox added six rebounds and a game-high six assists.
  • Playing just 19 minutes, senior Derek Willis tied his season high with 15 points, making a season-best three 3-pointers.
  • Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 15 points and added a game-high eight rebounds.
    • Briscoe missed his only 3-point try, ending a streak of five consecutive made threes.
  • Freshman Malik Monk had 12 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game this season.
    • This was his first game as a Wildcat that he did not hit at least one 3-pointer.
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo worked for 11 points and has reached double-figure scoring in 11-straight games.
  • Playing nine minutes, senior Mychal Mulder had six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
  • Sophomore Isaac Humphries contributed four points and four rebounds in seven minutes of action.

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