LEXINGTON, KY. (WTVQ) – Kentucky finished out the regular season with the 94-77 win over LSU to claim the Co-SEC Regular Season Title. Derek Willis was back in action after suffering the severe ankle sprain. Skal Labissiere was dominant. Labissiere finished with 18 points 9 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Up next for the Cats, they head to Nashville to take on the winner of Alabama vs. Ole Miss Friday at 7 P.M.
Included are notes about the game:
Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
LSU at Kentucky
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
March 5, 2016
Final Score: Kentucky 94, LSU 77
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky finished the regular season 23-8.
The Wildcats went 13-5 in Southeastern Conference action and won their 47th regular-season SEC championship, tying Texas A&M for league honors.
LSU is 18-13 overall, 11-7 in SEC play.
Kentucky leads the all-time series 87-26. The split the series in 2016.
Next for the Wildcats: UK plays in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST in Nashville). As the No. 2 seed, UK plays the winner of No. 7 vs. No. 10.
In the First Half
Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere for the fifth time this year and second game in a row. UK is 4-1 with this lineup.
UK scored the game’s first four points but LSU replied with nine straight for a 9-4 lead.
Trailing 14-8, UK went on a 9-0 run to retake the lead at 17-14.
Trailing 21-20, UK went on a 10-0 run for a 30-21 lead. Ulis accounted for all 10 points with one basket and four assists.
UK led by as many as 11 at 36-25.
Returning from injury, Derek Willis’ first basket was a 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining, extending UK’s streak of 970 games with at least one triple.
Kentucky went to halftime ahead 41-32. Ulis had nine assists, most for him ever in a half.
Kentucky is now 22-5 when owning a halftime advantage.
In the Second Half
Ahead 46-37, Kentucky hit a 7-0 stretch to push the lead to 53-37.
Ahead 62-52, UK put the game away with a 10-0 run.
Kentucky led by as many as 26 points at 89-63.
Kentucky is 7-0 on Senior Day under Calipari and 93-19 all-time in Senior Day games.
Kentucky scored a season-high 94 points.
UK shot 52.8 percent from the field, the 16th time this season the Wildcats have hit at least half their shots. UK is 14-2 this season when shooting at least 50 percent.
Kentucky won the rebounding 45-29. Included in that were 18 offensive boards, leading to an 18-10 edge in second-chance points.
Kentucky had 26 assists and 11 turnovers. UK has had more assists than turnovers in 14 consecutive SEC games for the first time since 1995-96 (14 consecutive SEC games).
Kentucky’s 26 assists are the fourth-most in the Calipari era and the most vs. an SEC opponent.
UK won bench points 20-5.
This is the 21st-straight game that a Wildcat has scored at least 20 points, the longest such streak since 1989-90, 21 straight games.
Coach John Calipari has a 658-186 (.780) all-time record, including a 213-46 (.822) mark at Kentucky.
The Southeastern Conference Championship
Kentucky tied Texas A&M for the SEC championship. It is Kentucky’s 47th regular-season SEC title.
It is the Wildcats’ fourth regular-season title in seven seasons under Calipari.
Kentucky has won two consecutive regular-season SEC titles.
Calipari has directed his teams to 14 conference crowns.
UK in Rupp Arena and the Undefeated Home Season
Kentucky went 17-0 at home this season, its 13th undefeated home season in the 40-year history of Rupp Arena.
It is UK’s fifth undefeated home season in seven years under Calipari.
Kentucky extended its 37-game home winning streak, second-longest active streak in the nation.
Calipari has the two longest win streaks in Rupp Arena, 55 games and the current stretch of 37.
UK is 119-4 (.967) at home under Calipari. He tied Tubby Smith for second on the Rupp Arena wins list.
Freshman Jamal Murray had 22 points, including 4-of-8 on 3-pointers, adding seven rebounds and four assists.
It is his 16th game this season with at least 20 points, his 10th game in a row. It’s the longest streak since Kevin Grevey had 12 consecutive 20-point games in 1974-75.
His 16th 20-point game extends his UK freshman record for 20-point games.
It is his 29th consecutive double-figure scoring game, the most since Jodie Meeks had a 32-game double-figure stretch in 2008-09.
He has scored at least eight points in all 31 games this season, extending his school-record for most consecutive games with 8+ points at the start of a career.
He has made at least one 3-point shot in every game this season, the first player in program history to make a triple in each of his first 31 collegiate games.
It’s also a school record for most consecutive games with a 3 to begin a season, regardless of year in school.
It is the second-longest streak in school history, trailing only Tony Delk, who had 32 straight games with a triple.
He has 17 games with at least three 3-pointers, most by any player in the Calipari era. Brandon Knight had 16 games with at least three 3-pointers.
Sophomore Tyler Ulis totaled 14 points and a career-high 14 assists.
It was his team-leading eighth double-double of the season. Seven of them have been of the points-assists variety.
14 assists is the third-best single game in school history and most ever against an SEC opponent.
He extended his school-record streak of 24 consecutive games with at least four assists.
Ulis has seven games this season with at least 10 assists, extending his school record.
He has at least eight assists in seven straight games.
Junior Marcus Lee collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season. It is his 10th double-figure scoring game and sixth double-figure rebounding game of the season.
Freshman Skal Labissiere scored 18 points. He also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and had a career-high six blocked shots.
18 points is his second-best of the season, most since his 26-point game on Nov. 14.
He reached double-figure scoring for the ninth time this year
Six blocked shots are the most for a Wildcat this season and most since Karl-Anthony Towns had six rejections vs. Florida on March 7, 2015.
Alex Poythress celebrated Senior Day with 12 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes of play.
He has scored double figures in three of the four games since returning from injury.
12 points came on an efficient 6-of-7 shooting performance.
Poythress is the 15th player in school history to amass 800 points, 500 rebounds and 70 blocked shots in a career.
Freshman Isaiah Briscoe had a stat-stuffing line with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Junior Derek Willis returned to action after missing three games because of an ankle injury. Willis played 14 minutes and scored six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
LSU asked us to pass along some notes on Ben Simmons …
Simmons totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds, his 22nd double-double of the season.
It is his 26th consecutive double-figure scoring game but ended a streak of five consecutive 20-point games.
Simmons also had a career-high seven steals.