KENTUCKY MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY VS. GEORGIA TECH
STATE FARM ARENA | ATLANTA
DEC. 6, 2020
ATTENDANCE: 0 (No fans were permitted due to COVID-19 protocols)
Final Score: Georgia Tech 79, No. 20/9 Kentucky 62
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky falls to 1-3 and Georgia Tech is 1-2.
- UK is 57-16 against Georgia Tech all-time and 9-3 in neutral-site games.
- Next: Kentucky returns home to host Notre Dame on Saturday. The game will air live on CBS at Noon.
Terrence Clarke led the Wildcats with a career-high 22 points.
- He also made his first 3-pointers of his career and finished with a trio.
- Brandon Boston Jr. scored 11 points and had four rebounds.
- He’s scored in double figures in all four games.
- Isaiah Jackson finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal.
- He had nine rebounds in the opening half.
- He’s the first UK player with double-digit rebounds in three straight games since PJ Washington from Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2019.
Coach John Calipari
- Calipari is now 331-80 at UK.
- Calipari has a 776-220 all-time on-court record.
- UK is 268-46 all-time under Calipari against Associated Press unranked teams.
- Kentucky is 55-15 under Calipari following a loss.
- This is just the second time in his 12-year run as UK’s coach he has dropped three or more games in a row. UK lost four straight during the 2017-18 season.
- The Wildcats are 78-25 under Calipari at neutral sites.
- It was Calipari’s first loss to a former assistant. He was 17-0.
- John Pastner, Georgia Tech’s head coach, was an assistant under Calipari during the 2008-09 season.
- Kentucky is 1-3 for the first time since the 2000-01 season. That team went on to finish the year ranked in the top 10 of both major polls. The Wildcats also were co-champions of the Southeastern Conference and won the league tournament.
- Kentucky is 70-33 in the Atlanta metro area in program history.
- UK is 58-42 all-time against teams comprising the Atlantic Coast Conference and will play its second straight ACC opponent on Saturday.
- The Wildcats committed 21 turnovers and have 15 or more in all four games this season.
- Georgia Tech converted those turnovers into 33 points.
- UK had struggled from 3-point range in its first three games, but made a season-high 8 of 20 (40%) in today’s outing.
- The Wildcats dished out 16 assists, two off from a season high.
- Kentucky outrebounded Georgia Tech 28-23 and have outrebounded opponents in three of four games.
- Georgia Tech shot 51.7% (31 of 60) from the field. It’s the first time a UK opponent has shot higher than 50% this season.
In the First Half
The starting lineup consisted of freshmen Devin Askew, Brandon Boston Jr., Terrence Clarke, Isaiah Jackson and senior Olivier Sarr, for the third time this season and second straight game.
- For the fourth straight game, Davion Mintz was UK’s first substitute at the 15:17 mark.
- After another slow start offensively, Clarke scored UK’s first bucket at the 17:07 mark and then assisted Boston on his first 3-pointer of the season.
- Georgia Tech, powered by a pair of traditional three-point plays, claimed a 10-5 lead with just under 14 to play.
- Jackson sparked the start of a 6-0 run for the Wildcats as they grabbed an 11-10 lead with an offensive rebound that turned into a Clarke 3-pointer and then a block on the defensive end on the next possession.
- Clarke scored 13 of UK’s first 20 points.
- The Yellow Jackets took their largest lead of the half fueled by a 13-0 spurt to push the lead to 10 at 32-22.
- An Askew 3-pointer snapped the run with 1:19 to play in the half.
- Kentucky faced a 34-27 halftime deficit, it’s first of the season.
- There were eight lead changes and two ties in the first 20 minutes.
- The Wildcats committed 12 turnovers in the first half and have committed double-digit miscues in all four games this season.
- UK knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half. UK had only made three in its last two games.
In the Second Half
- Askew, Boston, Clarke, Jackson and Sarr opened the second half as UK’s starters.
- Georgia Tech got off to a quick start and earned a 41-30 lead at 17:24.
- Kentucky rebounded with a 7-0 spurt of its own to pull to within four at 41-37.
- Georgia Tech generated a 4-0 run of its own to claim a three-possession lead.
- A Jackson floater pulled Kentucky to within three at 45-42, but the Yellow Jackets utilized a 16-4 run to earn a 17-point lead at 61-44 with 8:05 to play.