Men's Basketball

JAN. 12, 2019
Final Score: No. 18 Kentucky 56, Vanderbilt 47
Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 12-3 overall, 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt is 9-6, 0-3 in the SEC.
  • Kentucky leads the series 146-47, including 82-14 in games played in Lexington.
  • Tonight’s attendance of 22,504 is a back-to-back season high.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats begin a two-game road swing Tuesday at Georgia. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the eighth time this season. UK is now 5-3 with that lineup.
  • VU came out hot, hitting 3-pointers on its first three possessions, en route to a 16-4 lead.
    • It was the second straight game of an early double-digit deficit, as Texas A&M opened with a 10-0 lead on Tuesday.
  • Trailing 22-12 at the 11:26 mark, UK gradually chipped away, tying at 28 with 1:55 to go on a short jumper by Herro.
  • Vanderbilt responded with a basket and led 30-28 going into halftime. 

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened the second stanza with the original starting lineup.
  • Johnson tied the game at 30 with a pair of foul shots, followed by his 3-pointer from the corner at 18:48 to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game. A well-contested driving layup by Hagans completed the 7-0 run to make it 35-30.  UK led the rest of the way.
  • Leading 45-42 with 8:35 remaining in the game, UK held Vanderbilt without a basket for more than five minutes. The Wildcats stretched the lead to 11 at 54-43 and led comfortably the rest of the way.
  • UK limited Vanderbilt to 17 second-half points. That’s the lowest point total by a UK opponent since the Wildcats held Tennessee to 17 second-half points on Feb. 17, 2015.

Team Notes

  • After Vanderbilt’s hot start – 22 points in the first 8:34 of the game – Kentucky limited the visitors to 25 points in the last 31:26 of the game. 
    • During the last 31 minutes, VU made only 9 of 36 shots from the field.
  • Vanderbilt totaled 47 points. UK is 66-0 under Coach John Calipari when keeping the opponent at 55 points or less, including 2-0 this season.
  • Vanderbilt shot only 36.2 percent from the field. UK is 169-15 (.918) under Calipari when keeping the opponent at 40 percent or less, including 5-0 this season.
  • UK shot 50 percent from the field tonight. It is UK’s seventh game of the season at 50 percent or better, all wins.
  • UK dominated around the basket tonight, winning rebounding 38-21 and points in the paint 32-16.
  • Statistical oddity: although UK committed 15 turnovers and VU had only 12, it was the Wildcats who took advantage of the miscues and won points off turnovers by a 16-4 margin.
  • UK improved to 245-5 (.980) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any point in the game.
  • UK has won 13 in a row at Rupp Arena, dating back to last season.

Player Notes  

  • Ashton Hagans continued his offensive surge, tying for game-high honors with 15 points. He made seven of nine shots from the field.

    • This is his fourth straight double-figure game, and he is averaging 14 points per game during that span.
    • Hagans also had game-highs with four assists and three steals. He has at least three thefts in five straight games. No Wildcat has done that through at least 1996-97.
  • Keldon Johnson equaled Hagans with a game-best 15 points, making 6 of 8 shots from the field.
    • Johnson scored the first five points of the second half, putting UK ahead for good.
  • Immanuel Quickley notched 12 points, his second straight game in double figures and fifth of the season.
    • He made a season-best three 3-point shots and has made two or more 3-pointers in three straight games.
  • Reid Travis tied season highs with 12 rebounds and two blocked shots, adding five points. 


  • Calipari is now 287-67 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 732-207 all-time on-court record.
  • He is now 10 wins away from tying Joe B. Hall for the second-most victories by a UK head coach in program history.


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