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Andrew Harrison scored 23 points and combined with Towns for key baskets down the stretch that helped Kentucky pull away. Towns had his th career double-double in the win, becoming the second-youngest player in league history to reach that mark, behind only Dwight Howard. Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kentucky never trailed in beating No. Within the first eight minutes, Kentucky built an 18 to 2 lead. Retrieved March 20,
LSU's Keith Hornsby had a shot to win it for LSU in the final seconds, but his off-balance 3 bounced off the outside of the rim, and Kentucky was victorious. After holding South Carolina to 27 percent shooting in last month's meeting, Kentucky limited the Gamecocks to just 13 of 55 from the field 24 percent this time. Kentucky had a strong start that put South Carolina in a hole that steadily deepened. The Wildcats led 26 to 6 with 8: It was 43 to 18 at halftime, and Kentucky poured it on against a Gamecocks squad looking to build off a five-point win over Missouri.
Booker had 18 points and seven rebounds as Kentucky picked up its defense in the second half and pulled away for a 66 to 48 victory over the Volunteers. The victory set a new record for the historic program as they became 26—0 for the first time, though the Wildcats finished the —54 season with a 25—0 mark. Towns scored 19 points to lead six Kentucky players in double figures.
The Wildcats recorded their highest scoring total since in the blowout win over the Tigers. The victory also extended their best start ever and equaled the —96 squad's school-record game winning streak. At halftime Kentucky hoisted legendary player Tony Delk 's 00 jersey in the rafters. Kentucky looked slightly mortal for most of the first half, letting a point lead evaporate to 33 to Ulis hit a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to push the Wildcats' advantage to 36 to They had a few more careless defensive moments early in the second half, which helped Mississippi State briefly make things interesting.
Mississippi State's Craig Sword's pass to a wide-open Roquez Johnson led to an easy layup, pulling the Bulldogs within 41 to 37 with 15 minutes remaining. Kentucky responded with the next six points by pounding the ball into the paint and using its significant size advantage to pull away for the win. Lyles scored a 18 points, and Kentucky was victorious 74 to The Razorbacks entered the game ranked No.
This was the first ranked opponent since they defeated Louisville in late December. Arkansas also entered the game on a three-game win streak over Kentucky. The Wildcats seized the tempo from the start with a quick pace that knocked the Razorbacks on their heels. Lyles started things off with a lob dunk from Towns eight points, five rebounds , who followed with a putback basket. Aaron Harrison nine points, seven rebounds soon added a 3-pointer to get a sellout crowd into the game, and Kentucky had plenty more in an energetic if chippy first half by both teams.
Arkansas went 0 for 9 from long range and shot 30 percent overall while getting outrebounded 24 to 18 through 20 minutes as Kentucky built a 42 to 26 halftime lead. At one point in the second half the lead swelled to 31 points. The Wildcats clinched the Southeastern Conference regular-season title defeating the Razorbacks 84 to On March 2 Kentucky traveled to Athens to for its second meeting with Georgia. Facing the largest second-half deficit of its so-far perfect season, Kentucky clamped down defensively, ripped off a 14 to 0 run and defeat Georgia 72 to Georgia's Yante Maten tipped in a miss of his own shot on the second attempt to put the Bulldogs up 56 to 47 with just over 9 minutes remaining.
Towns and Aaron Harrison were huge down the stretch, combining for 12 of the 14 points during the decisive run. Towns had seven, including a three-point play with 2: Harrison chipped in with five, and Cauley-Stein came up with a huge dunk off a missed free throw to give the Wildcats a four-point play on one possession. Kentucky embraced its milestone following the 67 to 50 victory over the Gators. Kentucky became the first team from a Power 5 conference to achieve a perfect record during the regular season in over twenty-five years.
Kentucky entered the SEC Tournament as the top-overall seed and bye until the quarterfinals. In the day prior, Florida defeated Alabama in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals. Aaron Harrison and Towns each scored 13 points and Kentucky shut down Florida in the second half to pull away for a 64 to 49 victory. The height advantage helped Kentucky outrebound Florida 39 to 33, including a 16 to 11 edge offensively that created extra chances and earned frequent trips to the free-throw line.
Towns also had 12 boards. In the day prior, Auburn upset LSU in overtime. Kentucky poured it on against an Auburn squad that lost two players in less than 24 hours. Auburn forward Jordon Granger was suspended for fighting in Friday's quarterfinal win over LSU, and the school announced just before the tipoff that forward Cinmeon Bowers had been suspended for a potential rules violation. Cauley-Stein scored 18 points and Andrew Harrison added 15 to help Kentucky improve to in a 91 to 67 victory over the Tigers and advance to the finals of the SEC Tournament.
The win broke the school-record winning streak of 32 games set from December 5, , to January 8, The Razorbacks defeated Georgia in the semifinals the day prior. Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kentucky never trailed in beating No.
Kentucky scored the first eight points as Andrew Harrison hit two 3s early. Arkansas had not trailed in this tournament, yet against Kentucky the best the Razorbacks could do was tie the game four times with the last at all on a 3-pointer by Qualls with 7: By the time the Razorbacks worked the ball inside against Kentucky's blue wall, they struggled to knock down shots.
After Qualls' 3, they didn't score another field goal the rest of the half. Kentucky scored seven straight as part of a run to finish the half with a 41 to 25 lead. The semifinals and finals of the region were held in Cleveland. Center against the winner of a play-in game between Hampton and Manhattan. Hampton defeated Manhattan 74 to 64 on March On March 20 Kentucky played Hampton, and defeated the Pirates 79 to Towns bounced back from a mini-slump with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Harrison added 14 points and the Wildcats rolled to an opening game victory.
On March 20 8th-seeded Cincinnati and 9th-seeded Purdue squared off in the game prior to Kentucky and Hampton playing. The Bearcats outlasted the Boilermakers 66 to 65 in overtime. The game was not as easy for the Wildcats like it was in the opening round game against Hampton. Kentucky shot just 37 percent and was outrebounded 45 to 38 yet always seemed in control because of timely baskets and rebounds that Cincinnati failed to get. The physical, pesky Bearcats made the Wildcats work hard for every shot and rebound in an intense contest.
Yet the Wildcats succeeded by making life difficult on both ends for Cincinnati, holding the Bearcats to 32 percent shooting including just 24 percent in the second half. Kentucky blocked six shots after halftime and nine overall while also coming up with key rebounds.
Kentucky outlasted Cincinnati's physicality, defeating the Bearcats 64 to 51 en route to the Sweet On March 21 4th-seeded Maryland faced off against 5th-seeded West Virginia.
The Mountaineers defeated the Terrapins 69 to 59 to set up a match-up against Kentucky in the Sweet 16 in Cleveland. The commentary by the West Virginia player only fueled the Kentucky players. Within the first eight minutes, Kentucky built an 18 to 2 lead. Rendering West Virginia's full-court pressure wholly ineffective, UK committed just 10 turnovers for the game and shot a scalding The Mountaineers, meanwhile, were flummoxed on offense. All told, they managed just 0.
UK, meanwhile, blocked seven shots. Six players combined for UK's 13 assists on 24 made field goals, while more good passes helped lead to the Cats' 31 free-throw attempts, of which they hit Trey Lyles hit 6-of-7 tries from the line in pacing UK with 14 points, while Andrew Harrison scored nine of his 13 points at the line.
Kentucky defeated West Virginia 78 to 39, tying the largest margin of victory ever in a regional semifinal. Notre Dame defeated Wichita State 81 to 70 to set up a meeting with Kentucky two nights later.
Kentucky needed its players to step up in a big game with such high stakes. Towns was foremost among players stepping up when it mattered most. The 6-foot forward played through foul trouble to score nine of his career-best 25 points over that final stretch, including the game-tying basket in the post with 1: The big 3 came with 3: The Cats, in the midst of a rally after previously trailing by six points with 6: Following a timeout called by the Fighting Irish, he toed the line in a game and sank two free throws to give Kentucky a 68 to 66 lead.
The margin remained intact as Notre Dame's Jerian Grant missed a contested 3-pointer as time expired. The game between Kentucky and Notre Dame was the highest rated college basketball game on cable of all-time. The Wildcats, once trailing by nine points in the first half and eight early in the second, were poised to close out another opponent in the final minutes, this time in the Final Four.
With an 8 to 0 run and their defense holding Wisconsin scoreless for more than six minutes, the Cats grabbed a lead with less than five minutes remaining. The Badgers reeled off an 8 to 0 run of their own that Sam Dekker started. Next, Nigel Hayes tied the game with a put-back. It was the last of Wisconsin's 12 offensive rebounds and 13 second-chance points. Wisconsin handed Kentucky its lone loss of the season, defeating the Wildcats 71 to The team posted the following statistics: On November 17 Lyles was named Freshman of the Week by the SEC after 14 points and four rebounds performance in his career debut against Grand Canyon and 12 points, four rebounds and three assists in the win over Buffalo.
Seven players declared themselves eligible for the draft: The Harrison twins and Johnson were projected as second round draft picks. In the draft Towns was selected No. In the second round Andrew Harrison was taken No.
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