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Official News and Notes from the Cats’ win over Texas Tech

There was plenty of news coming out of Kentucky’s win over Texas Tech in Lubbuck: Nick Richards’ dominance, Tyrese Maxey’s struggles, and a team showing off some overtime grit, all on the heels of Kahlil Whitney’s decision to leave the program. Now that the dust has settled, other notes have been published.

Here are the post-game notes, provided by UK Athletics.

Team Records and Series Notes 

  • Kentucky is 15-4 overall and winner of seven of its last eight games, including 3-1 in true road games.
  • UK finished the regular season 10-3 against non-conference opponents, including 4-2 vs. Power-5 conference schools.
  • Texas Tech is 12-7, and tonight’s game ended a 54-game home non-conference winning streak.
    • Texas Tech had not lost at home to a non-conference opponent since losing to LSU on December 18, 2013.
  • UK leads the series 5-0, including 2-0 in Lubbock. This was the first meeting since December 1994 and only the second meeting between the two schools in Lubbock.
  • UK is 4-3 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and has won the last three in the event.
  • Next up: Kentucky returns to Southeastern Conference action Wednesday at home vs. Vanderbilt. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and the game will be telecast on the SEC Network.

Player Notes 

  • Playing a career-high 39 minutes, Nick Richards collected 25 points and 14 rebounds, his eighth double-double in 19 games. He had one double-double in 74 games prior to this season.
    • He shot the ball efficiently: 7-of-10 from the field, 11-of-14 free throws, including a perfect 5-of-5 in the overtime.
    • 11 of 14 free throws are career highs for both categories. 
    • He scored in double figures for the eighth straight game and is averaging 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last eight games.
    • UK is 11-0 this season when he has eight or more rebounds, 4-0 when he gets at least 20 points.
  • Playing a career-high 42 minutes, Immanuel Quickley had 21 points and six rebounds, highlighted by 4 of 8 on 3-point shots.
    • He’s averaging 17.6 points over the last eight games, including 22 of 45 on 3-point shots.
  • Playing a career-high-tying 43 minutes, Ashton Hagans had six points, three rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
    • He extended his five-or-more-assists streak to 16 straight games, the best streak since Tyler Ulis did it 24 straight games in 2015-16.

Coach John Calipari 

  • Coaches and support staffs from both teams wore Mike Slive Foundation lapel pins, bringing awareness to the fight against prostate cancer and honoring the late Southeastern Conference commissioner.
  • Calipari is now 320-75 at UK.
  • He has a 765-215 all-time on-court record.
  • UK is 62-32 vs. Associated Press Top 25 competition under Calipari, including 3-1 this season.
    • UK is 54-28 under Calipari when both teams are ranked.
  • This was Calipari’s first game against Texas Tech.

Team Notes 

  • Despite the closeness of the game, UK never trailed in the second half or overtime.
  • UK shot 43.6% from the field and is now 14-1 this season when outshooting the opponent.
  • Three-point shooting was a key difference-maker. UK made 7 of 15 from long range (46.7%) while Tech made 3 of 19 (15.8%).
  • Entering the game at 76.7% at the foul line, the Wildcats had another solid performance at 84% (21 of 25).
  • UK won the rebounding 38-32.
    • UK is 13-1 this season when out-rebounding the opponent.
  • The Wildcats overcame a season-high 20 turnovers. Tech won points off turnovers 25-9.
  • Kentucky led by 10 points in the second half. UK is now 275-7 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any time in the contest.
  • Kentucky is now 61-49 all-time in overtime games, including 2-0 this season.
    • On Dec. 28 this season, UK outlasted Louisville 78-70 in Rupp Arena.
    • UK’s last OT win in a true road game was 70-64 in two OTs at Texas A&M, Jan. 10, 2015.

In the First Half 

  • The starting lineup consisted of Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards for the fifth time this season. The Wildcats are 4-1 with the lineup.
    • Keion Brooks Jr. was UK’s first sub at the 15:47 mark.
  • Quickley began the scoring with a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession.
  • The teams went back-and-forth all half, with eight lead changes and neither squad leading by more than five points.
  • UK scored five points in the final five seconds and went to halftime ahead 36-34.
    • Trailing 34-31, Maxey hit a jumper with five seconds left, and after a Texas Tech long-pass turnover, Quickley hit a heave from the midcourt line at the buzzer.
    • Despite the closeness of the game, Kentucky never trailed again.
    • UK is 14-1 this season when leading at halftime.

 In the Second Half 

  • Kentucky began the second half with the same opening lineup.
  • After Tech tied it with a layup on the first possession, Kentucky went on a 12-2 run, giving the Wildcats’ the first double-digit lead for either team, 48-38.
  • A baseline jumper by Richards with 6:15 remaining put UK ahead 61-53, but the Red Raiders rallied with a 10-2 run to tie it at 63 with 2:40 left.
  • From that point, each team made a foul shot and the game went to overtime tied at 64.  UK went the final 6:14 of regulation without a basket.

In Overtime

  • Richards made two foul shots and then a traditional three-point play with 3:51 left to give UK a 69-64 lead. His basket ended a drought of 7:22 without a Wildcat basket.
  • A 3-pointer by Nate Sestina with 3:19 left gave UK a 72-66 lead.  It was the first time in more than 10 minutes that anyone other than Richards had scored for UK. It also proved to be UK’s final basket of the game.
  • Tech rallied to tie at 72, then Quickley made two foul shots with 47.9 seconds to play.
  • Uche Dibiamaka of Tech got a basket to tie with 30 seconds left and was fouled, missed the free throw, but Tech retrieved the miss.
  • On the ensuing possession, Montgomery forced a missed shot and Richards was fouled on the rebound with 10 seconds left. Richards made both free throws to make it 76-74.
  • On the next possession, Hagans slapped the ball away from a Red Raider driver. The ball went out of bounds and was awarded to UK with 0:00.4 on the clock.
  • FINAL: The Cats won 76-74 in overtime.

More Notes

  • The Wildcats’ current three-game winning streak in the Big 12/SEC Challenge is the best active streak among the leagues’ schools.
  • The two conferences are an even 20-20 over the last four seasons of the Big 12/SEC Challenge after a 5-5 Saturday split.
  • Nick Richards is the second Kentucky player in the John Calipari era to have at least 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in a single game (Anthony Davis vs. Arkansas on Jan. 17, 2012). He’s the first in the Calipari era to post that line vs. a ranked opponent.
  • Oddly enough, the Wildcats are a perfect 10-0 in the Calipari era when committing 20 or more turnovers.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

1 Comment for Official News and Notes from the Cats’ win over Texas Tech

  1. Big Sexy
    2:49 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    I think I found anyone told you that all three Kentucky guards would not have a particularly good game(33% and 15 turnovers) I don’t think anyone would have expected a win. IQ shot well from 3 but way too many turnovers and a terrible foul on a three. I think how well they played defensively saved them. Considered three of the big four had a subpar offensive game, I’m impressed on how hard they fought and pulled out the win in a hostile environment against a good team.