KENTUCKY MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. UTAH
T-MOBILE ARENA | LAS VEGAS
DEC. 18, 2019
Final Score: Utah 69, No. 6/6 Kentucky 66
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky falls to 8-2 on the season and had its six-game winning streak come to an end. Utah improved to to 9-2 on the season.
- Despite the loss, UK still leads the series 10-3.
- Utah’s win ended an eight-game winning streak by UK in the series.
- Next up: Kentucky will remain in Las Vegas for the CBS Sports Classic on Saturday. The Wildcats will play Ohio State at 5:15 p.m. ET on CBS.
- Ashton Hagans scored in double figures a team-leading eighth time this season with 16 points.
- He also had a game-high eight assists and a season-high four steals.
- He has led the Wildcats in assists in every game this season.
- Tyrese Maxey scored a team-high 18 points to reach double figures for the first time since the Lamar game on Nov. 24.
- It snapped a three-game single-figure scoring streak.
- He had 10 at halftime.
- After going 1 for 17 in his previous two games, Maxey made 7 of 13 Wednesday night.
- EJ Montgomery pitched in with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
- It’s his first double-figure rebounding game of the season and the third of his career.
- He has snagged eight or more rebounds in three of the last four games.
- Nate Sestina returned to the lineup after a three-game absence. He fractured his left wrist on Nov. 26. He played nine minutes.
- Calipari is now 313-73 at UK.
- He has a 758-213 all-time on-court record.
- UK is 253-42 vs. Associated Press unranked competition under Calipari.
- Calipari is 78-22 in neutral-site games at Kentucky.
- He is 2-2 vs. Utah.
- UK suffered its first all-time loss in Las Vegas. The Wildcats are now 4-1 in the City of Lights.
- Utah shot 54.8%. It’s the first time this season an opponent has shot 50% or better.
- The last time a team shot 50% or better vs. UK was Duke (54.4%) on Nov. 6, 2018.
- The Wildcats recorded seven steals. Kentucky has recorded six or more steals in three straight games and four of the last five.
- Kentucky continued to shoot it well from the free-throw line, making 12 of 16 shots.
- The Wildcats have shot 75% or better from the line in eight of the first 10 games.
In the First Half
- Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards for the second game in a row.
- It’s the first time the Wildcats have used the same starting lineup in back-to-back games since the Lamar game on Nov. 24.
- Nate Sestina, Keion Brooks Jr. and Kahlil Whitney were the first subs for the Wildcats.
- The Wildcats fell behind 10-4 at the first media timeout. Utah’s Booth Gach scored the Utes’ first 10 points.
- Hagans kept Kentucky close early with pair of steals and seven points before the under-12 timeout.
- UK’s 10-point deficit at 23-13 marked the Wildcats’ biggest deficit of the season.
- The deficit would increase to as much as 17 in the second half.
- Hagans and Maxey combined for 19 of Kentucky’s first 23 points.
- Maxey reached double figures before halftime.
- After getting within 28-23, Utah reeled off seven straight points before Montgomery hit consecutive jumpers to stop the bleeding.
- Fueled by Montgomery, the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run over the final 2:16 to close the deficit to 35-31 at the half.
- It was UK’s second halftime deficit of the season. The other deficit was to the Evansville Purple Aces, who defeated Kentucky in Rupp Arena.
In the Second Half
- Kentucky opened the second half with the same starting lineup.
- Utah went on a 10-0 run early in the second half to take a 50-36 lead with 14:56 left in the game.
- Kentucky began to scrap back with a 7-0 run midway through the half. Brooks provided four of the points, including a second-chance put-back on a missed free throw from Whitney to cut Utah’s lead to 56-46.
- A 12-2 run, highlighted by a Richards and one – his first points of the game – pulled Kentucky within seven at 58-51.
- After a 3-pointer by Utah’s Riley Battin looked like it may foil the Wildcats’ comeback attempts, UK reeled off six straight points to tie the game at 66-66 with 1:43 left. Hagans got the pivotal steal and layup to tie it.
- On the ensuing possession, Timmy Allen drained a jumper with 1:21 to go to retake the lead for Utah. The Utes would not relinquish this lead. Utah would add to its lead with a free throw from Rylan Jones.
- Quickley had a 3-point attempt with one second remaining from the left corner in an attempt to force overtime but missed.