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Kentucky basketball: Running numbers from the loss at UCLA

UCLA's guard Prince Ali slams home a basket over Kentucky forward Alex Poythress, right, and is fouled during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. UCLA won 87-77.
UCLA's guard Prince Ali slams home a basket over Kentucky forward Alex Poythress, right, and is fouled during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. UCLA won 87-77. The Associated Press

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.

▪ UK’s effective field goal percentage was a season-low 43.9.

▪ UK’s turnover percentage was season-low 11.4

▪ Kentucky was outrebounded for first time this season.

▪ UK took a season-high 25 three-point shots, making eight.

▪ It was most three-point attempts since UK was nine-of-28 at Texas A&M on 1-10-15.

▪ 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.

▪ Aaron Holiday had seven assists, tying seven he had against Cal-Poly.

▪ Bryce Alford’s four tunovers tied season-high set twice already.

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