The Kentucky Wildcats are now 1-0 this season after a 78-65 win over the Albany Great Danes.
It wasn't always pretty, but a win is a win, especially when you're breaking in three freshman starters, all of whom showed promise in this one. That's especially true of Jamal Murray after he scored a game-high 19 points and eight assists to helped lead the Cats to their first win of the season.
Here are the Kentucky Wildcats TV highlights of win No. 1:
And here are the postgame notes, courtesy of UK Athletics:
- With 2,179 all-time wins, Kentucky is the nation’s leader.
- Kentucky is 94-19 all-time in season openers, including a 7-0 record under John Calipari.
- Calipari has a 636-178 all-time record, including a 191-38 mark
- UK has a 530-64 all-time record at historic Rupp Arena.
- UK has won 186 of its last 213 home games.
- UK is 102-4 at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
- The Wildcats have made a 3-pointer in 940 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the nation.
- Kentucky opened with the lineup of Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Charles Matthews, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis.
- With Labissiere (native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti) and Murray (Kitchener, Ontario) in the starting lineup, it marks the first time UK started two players born outside the United States since Sheray Thomas and Lukasz Orbzut started vs. Georgia in 2006-07.
- UK won the battle in rebounds (34-28), bench points (22-19) and assists (16-4).
- The Wildcats held Albany to 1-of-14 from 3-point territory.
- Junior Derek Willis set new career highs in points (14), field goals (four), 3-pointers made (two), field-goal attempts (seven) and minutes played (28).
- Willis tied his career high with a 4-for-4 mark from the charity stripe.
- Willis tied his career high with five rebounds.
- Junior Marcus Lee made his fifth career start and his first since 2013-14.
- Lee tied his career high with eight rebounds and three assists.
- Lee added 12 points and three blocks in 27 minutes.
- Sophomore Tyler Ulis made his first career start.
- Ulis played a career-high 37 minutes.
- Ulis had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.
- Senior Alex Poythress played in his team-leading 82nd career game.
- Poythress was the first player off the bench.
- Freshman Jamal Murray led the team with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
- Murray had eight assists, three steals and three rebounds.
- Freshman Skal Labissiere had nine points, five rebounds and a team-leading four blocks in 30 minutes.