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Sport Kentucky basketball avoids second consecutive upset with 82-74 win over Utah Valley

04:50  19 november  2019
04:50  19 november  2019 Source:   courier-journal.com

Utah sets records in 94-point win over Mississippi Valley St.

  Utah sets records in 94-point win over Mississippi Valley St. Utah broke the school scoring record for most points scored in a game as it cruised past Mississippi Valley State, 143-49 on Friday night. © APARC Utah forward Timmy Allen (20) speaks to the referee in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Tyler Tate) Utah's 143 points shattered a record that has stood since 1960, when the Utes scored 132 points against Evansville. The margin of victory, 94 points, was the most ever between two Division I schools.

Conner Toolson had 22 points as Utah Valley won its seventh consecutive game, topping Cal Baylee Steele tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds to lift Utah Valley to a 79-67 win over UMKC on Inside Utah Valley 's 24 hours of Kentucky and Duke. The Wolverines' daunting two -game stretch

Get real-time COLLEGEBASKETBALL basketball coverage and scores as Utah Valley Wolverines takes The Wildcats emerged from the break more energetic to make the pivotal run over 3:22 with Utah Valley 's season-opening journey gets even tougher as it visits Tobacco Road on Saturday night

LEXINGTON - Just less than a week after a shocking loss to Evansville, No. 10 Kentucky narrowly avoided another home upset in an 82-74 victory over Utah Valley.

DiLeo, C. Michigan throttle Mississippi Valley St. by 56 pts

  DiLeo, C. Michigan throttle Mississippi Valley St. by 56 pts MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) David DiLeo scored a career-high 30 points and six other players for Central Michigan reached double figures in the Chippewas 134-78 win against Mississippi Valley State on Sunday. © AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Mississippi Valley State forward Jordan Lyons shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Central Michigan set a school record for overall points.

Arizona, 20-2 over all, is still a comfortable leader in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 9-1 record. The Wildcats had not lost since a Jan. North Carolina, 16-3 over all and 5-2 in the A.C.C., stretched its 38-28 halftime lead to 15 with two consecutive baskets early in the second half.

The 2010–11 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in the college basketball season of 2010–2011. The team's head coach is John Calipari, who entered his second season after posting a 35–3 record in his inaugural season.

BOX SCORE:  NO. 9 KENTUCKY 82, UTAH VALLEY 74

Utah Valley pulled within one point at 68-67 with 3:26 remaining and had a possession to take the lead, but officials ruled a loose ball that rolled out of bounds off a missed Utah Valley shot had last touched a Wolverines player. On the next possession, Kentucky graduate transfer Nate Sestina converted a three-point play to stretch the lead back to four.

Kentucky made 9 of 10 free throws, including six from sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans, in the final minute to clinch the victory despite Utah Valley outscoring Kentucky 33-3 from 3-point range.

Here is what we learned from the win.

Injury concerns grow

Many of the problems that were brought to light in the Evansville loss may not be fixed until Kentucky has a full compliment of players again, but the injury list has grown since that game instead of shortened.

Evansville got paid $90K to go into Rupp Arena and beat Kentucky

  Evansville got paid $90K to go into Rupp Arena and beat Kentucky Evansville got paid $90K to go into Rupp Arena and beat KentuckyThat all changed on Tuesday when the Purple Aces stunned No. 1 Kentucky in Rupp Arena to stake a claim for the biggest story of this very early basketball season.

Hands hit three consecutive 3-pointers to finish the first half, the last of which was a 30-footer that splashed through the net with one second remaining. The win gives the Bruins a coveted road victory over a team ranked within the top-75 in the RPI that will boost their NCAA Tournament hopes.

Kentucky basketball bounced back from a tumultuous week with a win over Utah . Here is what we learned. UK guard Ashton Hagans guards the ball during the University of Kentucky men's basketball game against Utah at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky , on Saturday, Dec.

On Monday, sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley (chest) joined sophomore forward EJ Montgomery (ankle), freshman wing Dontaie Allen (knee) and redshirt freshman walk-on Zan Payne (knee) in street clothes on the bench. Montgomery missed his third consecutive game. Allen and Payne have yet to play this season.

With Quickley out, freshman guard Tyrese Maxey made his first career start but turned in a mixed performance with 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

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Sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans did start as normal despite Calipari saying after the Evansville game the staff had considered shutting him down to rest a leg injury. Hagans, who struggled mightily against the Purple Aces, bounced back with a team-high 26 points with five rebounds, five assists and six turnovers. Hagans made all 12 of his free throws.

So what led to Evansville upsetting Kentucky basketball? A look at the numbers

  So what led to Evansville upsetting Kentucky basketball? A look at the numbers What contributed to the Cats embarrassing loss to the Purple Aces? We took a look at the stats.We took a look at the numbers to see exactly what contributed to what some are saying is the worst loss for UK in the Calipari era.

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Kentucky defeated Wichita State 65-62 in the NCAA Men’s Tournament second -round game 1. The two things that won the game for Kentucky . You could say Bam Adebayo’s block of Landry Plus, in a game where every possession was priceless, Kentucky turned the ball over just seven times to

Junior forward Nick Richards lessened the sting of Montgomery's absence with 21 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in four games. Richards had recorded just one double-double in the previous two seasons.

It is unclear when Kentucky's injured players will return, but in the meantime, Hagans and Richards have to play like they did Monday.

Hangover effect?

On Sunday, Calipari predicted his team might still feel the effects of the Evansville loss early against Utah Valley.

"My guess is we’ll start the game tentative just because you’ll have the dregs of the last game, and then hopefully they’ll just get going and play basketball and play free and literally play like you have nothing to lose -- because they (the other team) will," Calipari said.

Perhaps those comments were just providing an excuse for what he knew would be an undermanned squad, but he was certainly right about the Wildcats' start to the game.

Kentucky did not take the lead for good until less than six minutes remained in the first half. The Wildcats led by just eight points at halftime. A 9-1 run to open the second half finally stretched the lead to double digits to give Kentucky some breathing room.

Evansville stuns No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena, 67-64

  Evansville stuns No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena, 67-64 Evansville showed no fear either of Kentucky or venerable Rupp Arena, where the Wildcats had been perfect at ruining visitors' dreams of pulling off the seemingly impossible. Until Tuesday night. Not only did the Purple Aces deal No. 1 Kentucky a stunning 67-64 upset, they beat the bigger, stronger Wildcats at their own game throughout. When it was over, players, coaches and their fans whooped it up in a corner of the famed court, making sure they savored every bit of a momentous victory.BOX SCORE: EVANSVILLE 67, NO.

a 7-0 start for the second consecutive season. Austin Freeman scored 31 points, his second The Hoyas returned to the Verizon Center for a win over Utah State in which Chris Wright finished with a behind a 30-point performance by junior guard Ramone Moore Temple upset Georgetown to give

Evansville, a 25 point underdog, upset top-ranked Kentucky . The Purple Aces closed 40-1 on the money line at South Point. The 25-point line matches the 3rd-largest betting upset in the last 15 seasons in a D-I vs D-I college basketball game. ESPN BPI had Evansville with a 4 pct chance to win .

The Wildcats went on to lead by as many as 16 points in the second half before the Utah Valley rally.

Shooting woes continue

After being outrebounded 38-35 by Evansville, Kentucky dominated the glass against Utah Valley, 46-27. The other glaring hole exposed in the Evansville loss fared little actually worsened though.

Against the Purple Aces, Kentucky converted 4 of 17 3-point attempts. Against Utah Valley, it hit just 1 of 12 shots from beyond the arc. 

Maxey hit the team's only 3, but he missed his other four attempts. Thanks to Quickley's absence, freshman guard Johnny Juzang, the supposed best shooter on the roster, played an expanded role but missed both of his 3-point attempts.

On the season, Kentucky is now shooting 21.3% (13 for 62) from 3-point range.

Jon Hale: jahale@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @JonHale_CJ. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/jonh.

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