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UK Slams West Virginia 78-39 


KENTUCKY (03/27/15) - In what was largely publicized to be a very close match beforehand, University of Kentucky players took a strong win last night against West Virginia with a final score of 78-39.

With Kentucky’s 37 consecutive victories Kentucky is the first team in the history of college basketball to start a season 37-0. It extends the longest win streak in Kentucky history and the longest season-opening win streak for any team in SEC history. The victories also extended the longest win streak for a John Calipari-coached team.

Kentucky held West Virginia to 18 points in the first half, the 17th half this season UK has held its opponent to less than 20 points. The 18 points is tied for the lowest in a half of any team in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and is a season low for the Mountaineers.

Kentucky entered the game as the nation’s top-rated shooting-percentage defense, and the Wildcats held West Virginia to 24.1 percent from the field. It is the fifth time this season UK has held its opponent to less than 25.0-percent shooting.

Next for the Wildcats, UK will play Notre Dame on Saturday in the Elite Eight in Cleveland.

Posted by J.L. Graham
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