Posted March 31st, 2014 @ 9:10am by Deb Moore - Assistant Media Relations Director
Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky 75, Michigan 72
March 30, 2014
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis
Team Records, Notes
- Kentucky improves to 28-10 overall, while Michigan ends the year at 28-9.
- Kentucky now leads the all-time series 5-2 and 2-1 in NCAA Tournament action.
- The Wildcats lead the nation with a 115-46 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament.
- Kentucky improves to a 5-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in the city of Indianapolis.
- UK is now 17-2 in NCAA Tournament games under John Calipari.
- With today’s win, Kentucky has advanced to its 16th Final Four.
- Kentucky has advanced to a Final Four three times under the direction of Calipari.
- UK has amassed 17 tournament victories under Calipari which is the most of any school since 2010. Florida, Kansas and Louisville are next with 11 each.
- Kentucky has defeated three-straight top-10 teams en route to the Final Four. All three teams comprised a portion of the 2013 Final Four.
- Kentucky’s starting lineup consisted of five freshmen in Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle and James Young. That lineup improves to 12-4 on the season.
- Alex Poythress was the first sub off the bench for UK. It was his team-leading 22nd time being the first called upon.
- Young hit a 3-pointer at the 7:12 mark of the first half to extend UK’s 3-point streak to 897 consecutive games. It is the second-longest streak in the country.
- John Calipari coached teams are now 128-38 in the months of March and April.
- Calipari is 42-13 all-time as a coach in the NCAA Tournament.
First Half Facts
- Michigan earned an early seven-point lead at 9-2, but a Young drive and finish cut the deficit into the opening media break.
- Marcus Lee had dunks on three of four possessions to cut Michigan’s eight-point advantage to just two at 14-12, resulting in a 6-0 run by the Cats.
- After UK cut the deficit to one, the Wolverines used another spurt to recapture a game-high 10-point lead at 32-22 with a little more than five minutes to play.
- An 8-0 run by the Wildcats over a 2:05 cut the lead to 32-30 in favor of Michigan.
- A 15-5 run to end the second half enabled the Wildcats to come back and knot the score at 37-37 into the break.
- Today’s contest marked the first tie score of the season for Kentucky. UK is now 1-0 on the year when the score is tied at the half.
Second Half Facts
- Kentucky took its first lead of the game on a put-back dunk by Randle to make the score 39-37 with 18:47 on the clock.
- After the Wolverines answered with a jumper, UK went on a 6-0 run to take a 45-39 lead with 17:18 to go.
- Michigan climbed back into things and tied the score at 47, but Young answered with a 3-pointer on the following UK possession to retake the lead.
- The designated home team retook its first half advantage back with a 53-51 score and 12:24 remaining.
- An 11-0 run over a 4:22 span gave UK its largest lead of the game at 62-55 with 6:24 remaining.
- Michigan tied the game on a put-back lay-in at 72-72 with 26 seconds remaining.
- Aaron Harrison knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the game with just under four seconds remaining and a desperation half-court shot by the Wolverines was wide to make the final margin.
- Aaron Harrison hit his second-consecutive game-winning 3-pointer and finished the game with 12 points all coming from a 3-point shot.
- Has made at least one 3-pointer in career-long 10-straight contests.
- Scored in double-figures in every postseason contest this season.
- Was named to the Regional Tournament team.
- Andrew Harrison registered eight points while dishing out a game-high six assists.
- Has five or more assists in six of UK’s last eight games.
- Marcus Lee posted 10 points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.
- Scored 10 first half points on four dunks and a driving runner. It’s the most first half points of his career. He had eight first half points in the season-opener vs. UNC Asheville.
- Tallied a career-high eight rebounds.
- Was named to the All-Region Tournament team.
- Julius Randle logged his nation-leading 24th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
- Has registered 13 double-doubles in his last 15 games.
- Is the second freshman in school history and the sixth player overall to amass 400 or more rebounds in a single season.
- Moved into sole possession of second place on the NCAA single-season freshman double-double list with his double-double today moving past UCLA’s Kevin Love who had 23.
- Was named the most valuable performer of the Midwest Regional.
- James Young finished with 13 points and added four rebounds.
- Has 27 double-figure scoring efforts.
- Logged at least one made 3-pointer in all but five contests this season.