As I travel back from Los Angeles, breaking down some numbers from No. 1-ranked Kentucky’s 87-77 loss to UCLA on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion:
▪ UK trailed 37-29 at half - largest halftime deficit since trailed Florida 40-30 in SEC Tournament on March 6, 2014. UK lost that game 61-60.
▪ UK’s record under John Calipari when trailing at the half is now 29-31.
▪ Kentucky gave up 50 points in second half, most since Nov. 19, 2009 when Sam Houston scored 50 points in a game UK won 102-92.
▪ Because of his head injury, Marcus Lee played a season-low four minutes.
▪ Skal Labissiere has played 16 minutes in each of the last two games.
▪ Labissiere has scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds over his last two games. He had season-low one rebound against UCLA.
▪ Labissiere has scored in double-figures four times and in single-digits four times.
▪ Karl-Anthony Towns scored in single-figures each of his first five games.
▪ Labissiere has gone three straight games without an offensive rebound.
▪ Tyler Ulis had a career-high nine assists. His previous high was eight against North Carolina last year.
▪ Ulis was two-of-12 from the floor, just the third game in which he has taken 10-or-more shots. His high for field goal attempts was against Duke this year when he was six-of-13.
▪ Ulis is 12-of-12 from the free throw line over his last three games.
▪ Isaiah Briscoe scored a career-high 20 points.
▪ Briscoe made 7-of-10 shots including six-of-eight from two-point range.
▪ Jamal Murray made a career-high five three-pointers on a career-high 11 three-point attempts.
▪ Murray has one assist and seven turnovers over his last two games.
▪ Isaac Humphries played a career-high 27 minutes.
▪ Humphries had a career-high six rebounds.
▪ Alex Poythress played 17 minutes, fewest since 11 against Albany.
▪ Poythress fouled out for the 10th time in his college career. It was first time since Dec. 5, 2014 vs Texas.
▪ Derek Willis scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 14 minutes. It was his third double-figure scoring game this year for Willis and for his career. Willis had 14/5 vs Albany and 11/3 vs NJIT.
▪ Willis fouled out for first time in his career.
▪ UCLA shot 52.8 percent, first to shoot 50 percent against UK since Wichita State shot 55.1 percent in on 3-23-14 in the NCAA Tournament.
▪ UCLA averaged 1.258 points per possession. The last opponent to top 1.2 since Wisconsin had identical 1.258 vs UK in last year’s Final Four.
▪ UCLA is the 11th team in Calipari Era to post a 1.2 against UK. Tennessee's 1.360 in Knoxville on 2-16-13 remains highest in Calipari Era.
▪ UCLA first opponent this year to post a 1.0 or better. The previous high was .956 by Duke.
▪ UK shot a season-low 37.9 percent. It was the lowest field goal percentage since Kentucky shot 37 percent against Cincinnati in the Round of 32 in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
▪ UK averaged 1.102 PPP which was still better than 0.989 against Illinois State.
▪ Thomas Welsh’s 21 points vs UCLA the third time this year he has scored 20-plus points.
▪ Welsh had 11 rebounds for second double-double this year - had 12/10 vs Monmouth.
▪ Tony Parker had 11 points, seventh game in which he has scored double figures.
▪ Parker’s three rebounds tied a season-low of three vs. UNLV in 11 minutes because of foul trouble.