LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball plays Harvard at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.
Kentucky-Harvard score, live updates, stats
FINAL: Kentucky 79, Harvard 70
Tip of the cap to the Crimson’s Seth Towns, who went bonkers for 25 points (7 of 8 threes), 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a block against the Wildcats. Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo led UK with 20 and 19, respectively. The full box score:
Maybe guard the 3-point line? Harvard slashed a 20-point Kentucky lead to 12 in a blink with another barrage from deep. The Crimson’s 11th 3-pointer in 25 tries gave them a fighting chance. It’s 74-62 Cats, 3:16 to go.
Kentucky 74, Harvard 54, 6:53 2H: The Cats are running away with it now. Sacha Killeya-Jones has a new career high in scoring. He’s 4 of 4 from the field and has 9 points, 2 blocks and 2 boards. Diallo has tied his career high (set last game) of 19 points — plus 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. He almost took off for a 360 dunk in transition but sensed a defender closing in and chose to lay it in. Fun afternoon watching him play, though.
Oh, and how about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stuffing the stat sheet: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block. He has far outplayed Quade Green this afternoon.
Kentucky 59, Harvard 50, 11:42 2H: Somebody might want to check Seth Towns (no relation to Karl that we’re aware of), who is now 5 of 6 from 3-point range and has 17 points for Harvard. The Crimson is 9 of 19 from deep and that’s why this is still a game. Nick Richards, however, might’ve injured someone with his last poster dunk — a two-hand jam all over a poor Harvard defender.
Kentucky 49, Harvard 44, 15:47 2H: Diallo didn’t miss his last dunk attempt — a baseline drive and two-hand jam — while Nick Richards has had a nice start to the second half with a big block and a nice catch and finish off a lob in traffic. Strangely, though, Calipari was T’d up after a foul on Harvard and the Crimson keeps hanging around (now with eight made 3-pointers). If you’re wondering: Tony Delk was the celebrity Y today.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 42, Harvard 37
Kevin Knox is on pace for a new career high in scoring with 16 points in the first half after 25 last game. Hamidou Diallo has 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal — and a missed dunk on which he tried to destroy the basket and left the crowd buzzing for several seconds after it missed.
Sacha Killeya-Jones has given UK some good minutes off the bench: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks. Two nice moves and finishes in the paint offensively and a presence down low on defense. But the Cats’ perimeter defense has been … bad. See the full box score below:
Kentucky 39, Harvard 33, 3:38 1H: Hamidou Diallo does some ridiculous things on the way to the basket. Anther crazy athletic drive and acrobatic finish have him up to 11 points (4 of 7 FG), 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. But the Crimson is now 7 of 14 from deep and had the deficit down to a single point for a while. These visitors ain’t going away easy.
Kentucky 30, Harvard 23, 7:08 1H: The Cats are having to fend off another 3-point barrage. The Crimson are 5 of 12 from deep, but Knox (14 points) and Diallo (8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal) are offsetting that nicely. Full box score so far:
Kentucky 20, Harvard 13, 11:27 1H: UK freshman star Kevin Knox is coming off a career-high 25 points and apparently he wants to break that today. He’s 3 of 4 shooting, 2 of 3 from beyond the arc, and already has 10 points. Sacha Killeya-Jones has delivered a handful of nice plays off the bench: a block on one end, then a catch/pump/one-dribble power slam on the other, and later a tipped loose ball to Knox for a layup.
Kentucky 11, Harvard 7, 15:58 1H: Here’s your first box score of the day.
Kentucky 9, Harvard 4, 18:00 1H: Nick Richards already has 2 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and corralled a loose ball that led to a UK bucket. Kevin Knox has already swished a floater in the lane and a 3-pointer from the right wing. Nice start for the Cats.
MERCY, Nick Richards. The freshman 7-footer continuing his breakout run with a strong offensive rebound (of his own miss) and then monster slam over a Harvard player — in whose face he then screamed and drew a technical foul. Still, that was nasty. Richards is beasting to start this game.
Nick Richards punches it and tells everyone about it. pic.twitter.com/IP9tu66GL6
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) December 2, 2017
Starting Five: John Calipari sticking with the same five freshmen — Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards — for the seventh consecutive game. The Crimson will start four sophomores and a junior.
Kentucky-Harvard game time, details
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
- Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
- Records: Kentucky 6-1, Harvard 3-5
- Vegas line: Kentucky by 21
What TV channel is Kentucky-Harvard on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Harvard on ESPN. Jay Bilas and Jon Sciambi are on the call.
How can I watch Kentucky-Harvard online?
Stream Kentucky vs. Harvard on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Harvard on the radio?
Kentucky and Harvard will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 192 and Sirius channel 112.
- Last week, John Calipari earned his 700th on-court victory — counting wins that were later vacated at Massachusetts and Memphis — faster than all but three men in history. It took Calipari 894 games, behind only Adolph Rupp (836), Jerry Tarkanian (876) and Roy Williams (879).
- Kentucky opened the season with three games in five days and seven games in 17 days. Things are slowing down now for the Wildcats, who on Saturday will play the first of five games in 33 days. Calipari has predicted his team will make significant progress now that there’s adequate time for teaching, practice and rest.
- Freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 2.6 steals per game, which is on pace with Rajon Rondo’s school-record-setting 2004-05 season when he had 87 in 34 games.
- Kevin Knox (25), Hamidou Diallo (19), PJ Washington (17) and Gilgeous-Alexander (14) all had career highs in points last time out against Illinois-Chicago as Kentucky delivered its most efficient offensive performance of the season. The Cats have shot 60 percent or better in consecutive games for the first time since December of 2002.
- Kentucky and Harvard have never played in basketball. The Crimson is 4-12 against ranked opponents since 2008-09, accounting for its only four wins over ranked teams in program history. The wins: at No. 17 Boston College (2009), No. 20 Florida State (2011), No. 10 New Mexico State (2013 NCAA Tournament), No. 15 Cincinnati (2014 NCAA Tournament).
- While the Wildcats start five freshmen, Harvard starts four sophomores and a junior — with its next five being three freshmen and two sophomores. Sophomores account for 80.1 percent of the team’s scoring, including 6-foot guard Bryce Aiken, who averages 19 points and 3.6 assists. He scored 30 in an overtime win over UMass.