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Five impressive statistics from Kentucky's victory over Tennessee

Jack Pilgrim02/08/20

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NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee
<small>Randy Sartin | USA TODAY Sports </small>
[caption id="attachment_284233" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] Kentucky's massive 77-64 road victory over Tennessee broke a four-game losing streak at Thompson-Boling Arena, with the team's last win in Knoxville coming back in 2015. But what about some of the other impressive statistics from the gritty victory? The fine folks over at UK Athletics compiled a list of postgame notes, updated season stats, and facts that paint a picture as to how the victory came to fruition and what it means moving forward. Here are five of the best and most impressive they had:

Immanuel Quickley is on a 12-game streak of double-digit scoring

Quickley led the Wildcats with 18 points, including 14 in the second half alone.
    • It is his 12th straight game in double figures. The last Wildcat to do so was PJ Washington, who had 12 straight double-figure games from Jan. 15 to Feb. 23, 2019.
    • He’s averaging 17.8 points over the last 12 games.
    • He’s led the Wildcats in scoring six times this season.

Kentucky has never won a title without winning in Knoxville

A common theme in Kentucky's eight national titles? They all won on the road at Tennessee.
    • Kentucky has never won a national title without winning in Knoxville in the same season.
    • UK leads 56-52 in Knoxville, Tennessee, ending a string of four straight losses in Thompson-Boling Arena.
    • It was the Wildcats’ first win in Thompson-Boling Arena since 2015.
      • In every season the Wildcats have won at Tennessee in the John Calipari era coming into this season, they’ve advanced to the Final Four.
        • UK did not play in Knoxville for the 2014 Final Four run.

The Cats are undefeated when shooting greater than 50%

Kentucky shot 54.3% from the field, its best mark against an SEC opponent this season.
    • The Wildcats are 7-0 this season when making at least half their shots and 17-2 when shooting a better mark than their opponent.

Kentucky went 10/10 from the line to close the game

Entering the game at 78.3% at the foul line, the Wildcats had another solid performance at 88% (22 of 25).
  • It is UK’s fifth straight game shooting 80% or better, and the Wildcats are at 85.3% during that span.
  • Today, UK made 10 of 10 in the final 3:33 after making 16 of 16 in the final 2:21 on Tuesday against Mississippi State.

Calipari has won 98% of games at UK when leading by 10

  • Kentucky led by as many as 13 points. UK is 278-7 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during the game.
  • Kentucky pushed the lead to ten points on ten separate occasions, leading for all but 29 seconds
(UK Athletics)

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