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Postgame interviews and notes from Kentucky's win over Illinois State

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats are now 7-0 this season after a 75-63 win over Illinois State.

Here is what John Calipari, Marcus Lee, Isaiah Briscoe, and Jamal Murray had to say about the game:

And here are the postgame notes and milestones, courtesy of UK Athletics:

 Kentucky started with the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Charles Matthews, Alex  Poythress and Skal Labissiere for the first time this season.

 Illinois State had the strong start, jumping out to a 7-1 advantage.

 Kentucky regained the lead, then the teams battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the first  half. After six ties and three lead changes, the teams were knotted at intermission, 31 each.

 Kentucky opened the second half with a steal by Matthews, layup by Briscoe and three-pointer  by Murray to take a quick five-point lead.

 Ahead 46-40, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run to open a 56-40 lead, their largest of the game.

 The Redbirds battled back, closing within seven at 63-56 with less than four minutes to play, but  ISU got no closer.

Team Notes

 Kentucky attempted 46 free throws, second-most in the John Calipari era. The most was 48 foul  shots vs. UNC Asheville on Nov. 8, 2013.

 Kentucky blocked nine shots tonight, equaling its season best vs. NJIT.

 With 2,185 all-time wins, Kentucky is the nation's leader in that category.

 This marks the 25th time in school history that UK has opened a season 7-0, the fourth time  under Coach Calipari.
 Calipari has a 642-178 (.783) all-time record, including a 197-38 (.838) mark at Kentucky.

 UK extended streaks of 38 consecutive regular-season wins and 25 straight wins in Rupp Arena.

 Kentucky is now 122-5 (.961) under Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 or fewer points.

Derek Willis made a 3-pointer at the 1:09 mark of the opening half, extending UK's streak of  games with a made 3 pointer to 946, the second-longest streak in the nation.

 For the third time in the last 50 seasons, UK has won each of its first seven games of a season by  at least 11 points (1982-1983, 2014-2015, 2015-2016).

 Calipari is 107-4 (.964) in Rupp Arena.

 For the second time since 1982-1983 UK has won each of its first seven games of a season while  scoring at least 74 points (1987-1988, 2015-2016).

Notes on the No. 1 Ranking

 UK owns an all-time record of 218-28 (.886) as the nation's top-ranked team.

 UK is 66-5 (.930) under Calipari when ranked No. 1 and the Wildcats have been in the No. 1 slot  in five of the seven years of Calipari's term in Lexington.

 Calipari is 107-10 (.915) all-time as the head coach of the AP's No. 1 team.

Player Notes

 Junior Marcus Lee totaled 13 points and 12 rebounds, the second double-double of his career,  along with the Duke game on Nov. 17.

 Freshman Isaiah Briscoe had a season-high 18 points, added seven rebounds and led the Cats in  assists with three.

 Freshman Jamal Murray notched 16 points, his fifth-consecutive double-figure game.

 Junior Dominique Hawkins tied his career high with seven points, making a career-high five foul  shots.