Team Records and Series Notes

· Kentucky is 12-2 and has won three in a row. LSU is 9-4. UK is 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference. This was LSU’s league opener.

· Kentucky leads the series 89-26 and has won three in a row vs. LSU.

o UK leads the series 31-18 in Baton Rouge.

· Kentucky’s next game will be another SEC road trip, this time to Tennessee for a 9 p.m. ET matchup on Saturday. SEC Network will televise the game.

In the First Half

· Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the 12th time this season. UK is 9-2 with this lineup.

· Kentucky race out to a 7-0 lead

o Knox connected on a 3-pointer with 17:47 remaining, giving Kentucky 1,027 consecutive games with a 3-pointer

· LSU used a 7-0 run over 1:10 to take its first lead 20-18 at the 8:35 mark

· LSU outscored UK 13-6 over the last 6:10 of the first half

· Knox grabbed eight rebounds, tying Wenyen Gabriel’s output from the last game (vs. Georgia) for the best rebounding first half of any Wildcat this season

o Knox scored 10 first-half points

· It was the fourth time he’s scored 10 or more in the first half, but the first time he’s done so since Dec. 2 vs. Harvard

· UK did not attempt a free throw in the first half

o That was the first time UK failed to shoot a free throw in a half since an 88-79 win at Florida on March 1, 2016. Remarkably, Kentucky shot 32 free throws in the second half of that game

o UK had shot a combined 33 free throws (16 per half) in each of its previous two first halves

· UK improved to 4-2 this season when trailing at halftime.

In the Second Half

· Kentucky used a 7-0 run over 1:30 to regain the lead, 43-42 at the 15:11 mark

o Stretched over 1:48 it was a 9-0 run, which finished with UK leading 45-42

· Washington had three dunks over 2:44 of play finishing at the 11:16 mark helping UK take a 56-52 lead into the under-12 media timeout

· UK made seven straight field goals between the 15:53 and 11:16 marks

· LSU used a 9-2 run over 2:57 to take a 65-64 lead at the 3:22 mark, which was the under-4 media timeout

· Washington and Gilgeous-Alexander combined to score 15 of UK’s last 18 points over the final 11:15 of the game

· After LSU went 5 of 11 from 3-point range in the first half, UK limited the Tigers to 1 of 13 from 3 in the second half

Team Notes

· UK outrebounded LSU 35-34. The Wildcats have tied or outrebounded the opponent in 12 of 14 games this season.

o UK’s 35 rebounds were its second fewest in a game this year (33 vs. Virginia Tech)

· UK attempted a season-low 13 free throws

o UK’s seven made free throws were its second fewest in a game this season

· LSU’s 71 points were the fifth most by a UK opponent this season

· LSU made 29 field goals. Only Virginia Tech (32) has made more vs. UK this year

Player Notes

· Kevin Knox notched his team-leading second double-double of the season

· He scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds

· The 11 rebounds were a career high

· He has scored in double figures in all but three games this year, but had not reached 10 points in the previous two games

· PJ Washington finished with 18 points, two off his career high

· He had two key traditional 3-point plays down the stretch, although he missed the free throw on the second one

· Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played the super-sub role again, coming off the bench to tie Washington for the team high in points with 18

· He finished two points shy of a third-consecutive performance of 20 or more points

· He finished with four assists, and has assisted at least four in three straight games

· Wenyen Gabriel tied his career-high with three steals

· He also pulled down four rebounds, including grabbing a Washington missed free throw late in the game

Coach John Calipari

· Calipari has a 706-195 all-time on-court record.

· Calipari is now 261-55 at Kentucky.

· Calipari is 11-2 vs. LSU in his career.

Official Basketball Box Score


Official Basketball Box Score
Kentucky vs LSU
1/3/18 7:35 PM at Maravich Center (Baton Rouge, La.)

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VISITORS: Kentucky 12-2 (2-0)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 Richards, Nick...... f  1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  0  0  0  0  10
05 Knox, Kevin......... f  7-12   2-3    0-0    2  9 11   1  16  1  2  0  0  35
25 Washington, PJ...... f  8-11   0-1    2-4    3  3  6   3  18  2  1  2  0  36
00 Green, Quade........ g  3-6    0-1    1-2    0  3  3   0   7  2  3  0  0  31
03 Diallo, Hamidou..... g  3-8    1-2    0-0    1  1  2   1   7  0  4  0  1  22
01 Killeya-Jones, Sacha    1-3    0-0    0-2    2  3  5   0   2  3  1  0  0  12
22 Gilgeous-Alexander..    7-16   1-2    3-3    0  2  2   1  18  4  3  1  2  32
32 Gabriel, Wenyen.....    1-3    1-3    1-2    1  3  4   3   4  1  0  0  3  22
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   31-61   5-12   7-13  10 25 35  10  74 13 14  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-28 50.0%   2nd Half: 17-33 51.5%   Game: 50.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-5  60.0%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 41.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  7-13 53.8%   Game: 53.8%   2,2


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HOME TEAM: LSU 9-4 (0-1)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Duop Reath.......... f 11-17   2-3    0-0    4  7 11   3  24  2  2  2  1  35
21 Aaron Epps.......... f  6-11   1-5    0-0    2  1  3   2  13  1  2  2  0  26
03 Tremont Waters...... g  6-13   2-9    4-4    1 10 11   0  18  3  2  1  2  37
04 Skylar Mays......... g  2-11   1-1    0-0    0  1  1   1   5  3  1  0  2  30
05 Daryl Edwards....... g  0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0  10
00 Brandon Sampson.....    1-7    0-5    0-0    1  1  2   3   2  4  1  0  0  29
14 Randy Onwuasor......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   0  1  1  0  1  13
35 Mayan Kiir..........    0-0    0-0    1-2    0  1  1   1   1  0  0  0  0   2
44 Wayde Sims..........    3-5    0-1    2-3    1  0  1   2   8  0  1  0  0  18
   TEAM................                         1  1  2             1
   Totals..............   29-65   6-24   7-9   10 24 34  14  71 14 11  5  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-32 46.9%   2nd Half: 14-33 42.4%   Game: 44.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-11 45.5%   2nd Half:  1-13  7.7%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half:  6-7  85.7%   Game: 77.8%    1


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Officials: Terry Oglesby, Byron Jarrett, Kipp Kissinger
Technical fouls: Kentucky-None. LSU-None.
Attendance: 11952
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Kentucky......................   31   43  -   74
LSU...........................   36   35  -   71

Points in the paint-UK 46,LSU 44. Points off turnovers-UK 12,LSU 9.
2nd chance points-UK 8,LSU 12. Fast break points-UK 2,LSU 2.
Bench points-UK 24,LSU 11. Score tied-5 times. Lead changed-12 times.
Last FG-UK 2nd-01:16, LSU 2nd-00:23.
Largest lead-UK by 7 1st-17:47, LSU by 7 2nd-19:39.
UK led for 25:18. LSU led for 12:04. Game  was tied for 02:32.
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