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Highlights, Postgame Notes and Milestones from UK crushing Alabama

The Cats lit up Alabama again as Murray and Ulis continued their record-breaking paces.

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As Kentucky has often done of John Calipari, they bounced back from a tough loss to crush their next opponent.

This time, it was Alabama who took the beating, and it was the second time the Wildcats rolled over the Tide this season. After winning 77-61 at Bama in early January, UK got 42 combined points from Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis to notch a 78-53 win over the Tide in Rupp Arena.

Murray turned 19 the same day he dropped 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting and is now averaging 25.4 points over the last seven games. Ulis record a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists. He's now averaging 10.2 assists over the last five.

Needless to say, this was a fun game to watch, so check out the latest highlights from Kentucky Wildcats TV:

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

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is now 21-7 on the season. The Wildcats are 11-4 in Southeastern Conference action and retain sole possession of first place in the league race.

  • Alabama is 16-11 overall, 7-8 in SEC play.

  • Kentucky leads the all-time series 107-37 and has won five in a row.

  • Next for the Wildcats: UK begins a two-game road swing Saturday at Vanderbilt. Game time is 4 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. CST in Nashville and will be shown nationally on CBS.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray, Marcus Lee and Isaac Humphries for the first time. Humphries made his first collegiate start.

  • Tied at seven, UK went on an 8-1 run for a 15-8 early advantage.

  • Murray canned a 3-pointer with 8:14 on the clock, extending UK's streak of 966 games with at least one triple.

  • Other than Retin Obasohan, no one from Alabama scored a basket until Riley Norris drained a 3-pointer with 9:17 remaining, pulling the Tide within 17-15.

  • At that point, Alabama went on a six-minute drought and UK went on an 8-0 run to pad the lead to 25-15.

  • UK led 33-17 until Alabama scored two baskets in the last 30 seconds to narrow it to 33-21 at halftime.

  • Kentucky is now 20-4 when owning a halftime advantage.

In the Second Half

  • Ahead 43-32, UK tacked on a 12-1 run, giving the Wildcats a 55-33 lead.

  • Alabama bounced back with a 9-1 spurt, pulling within 56-42 but the visitors got no closer.

  • Kentucky's largest lead was 25 points, which came at the final score of 78-53.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky extended its 36-game home winning streak, second-longest active streak in the nation.

    • Coach John Calipari has the two longest win streaks in Rupp Arena, 55 games and the current stretch of 36.

    • UK is 118-4 (.967) at home under Calipari.

  • Kentucky has scored at least 76 points in 11 straight regular-season SEC games for the first time since the 1995-96 season (12 straight).

  • Kentucky made two 3-pointers, ending its school-record streak of five straight games with at least 10 3s made.

  • UK limited Alabama to 53 points. UK is 63-0 under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 55 points or fewer.

  • UK held Alabama to 35.4 percent shooting. UK is 12-0 this season when keeping the opponent under 38 percent from the field.

  • Kentucky had 15 assists and a season-low four turnovers.  UK has had more assists than turnovers in 11 consecutive SEC games for the first time since 1995-96 (14 consecutive SEC games).

  • UK won the rebounding, 41-29, leading to a 10-5 edge in second-chance points.

  • UK also won points in the paint, 40-22.

  • This is the 18th-straight game that a Wildcat has scored at least 20 points, the longest such streak since 1989-90, 21 straight games.

  • Calipari has a 656-185 (.780) all-time record, including a 211-45 (.824) mark at Kentucky.

Player Notes

  • Freshman Jamal Murray led the Wildcats in scoring with 23 points.

    • It is his 13th game this season with at least 20 points, his seventh game in a row. It's the longest streak since Jodie Meeks had nine consecutive 20-point games in 2008-09.

    • It is his 26th consecutive double-figure scoring game, the most since Brandon Knight had a 28-game double-figure stretch in 2010-11.

    • 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 28 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.

  • Sophomore Tyler Ulis had 19 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season and fifth of the points-assists variety.

    • He extended his school-record streak of 21 consecutive games with at least four assists.

    • This is the fifth time this season he has had at least 10 assists in a game, breaking the school record of four shared by Kyle Macy in 1977-78, Roger Harden in 1985-86 and John Wall in 2009-10.

    • He also had a game-high three steals.

  • Senior Alex Poythress returned from a five-game injury absence. He came off the bench to score 14 points, making 5-of-6 shots, in just 17 minutes of action.

  • Freshman Isaiah Briscoe tallied 10 points, his 15th double-figure scoring game of the season.

  • Junior Marcus Lee had 12 rebounds, one shy of his career high and his fifth double-figure rebounding game of the season. He also had six points, two assists and a blocked shot.

  • Freshman Isaac Humphries made his first collegiate start, totaling four points and four rebounds.