Brandon Boston Jr. recorded the first double-double of his career plus boxscore and other game notes

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Team Records and Series Notes                                       

  • Richmond takes the Bluegrass Showcase with a 76-64 win. Richmond is 2-0 and is 1-1.
  • This was the first meeting between the teams.
  • Next: Kentucky plays Kansas in the Champions Classic on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game will be televised on ESPN. 

Bluegrass Showcase All-Tournament Team

  • Nathan Cayo (Richmond), Most Valuable Player
  • Grant Golden (Richmond)
  • Jr. (Kentucky)
  • (Kentucky)
  • Julius Dixon (Morehead State)

Player Notes   

  • Brandon Boston Jr. scored 20 points and recorded the first double-double of his career with 10 boards.
    • He led the Wildcats in scoring in both games of the young season, averaging 17.5 points per game.
    • He also led in rebounding in the opening week with 8.5 boards per game.
  • Olivier Sarr had 17 points and 11 rebounds. It is his first double-double at Kentucky and 12th of his career.
  • tallied 15 points, his second game in double figures, to go along with six rebounds.
  • had six points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
  • Keion Brooks Jr. missed his second straight game with a left leg injury. He remains day-to-day.

Coach John Calipari 

  • Calipari is now 331-78 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 776-218 all-time on-court record. 
  • UK is 268-45 vs. Associated Press unranked foes under Calipari. Richmond is receiving votes in the current polls.
  • The Wildcats fell to 184-12 in Rupp Arena under Calipari.
  • Looking ahead to next game, UK is 55-13 under Calipari following a loss.

 

Team Notes 

  • Kentucky had a plus23 rebound margin, 54-31, and won second-chance points 19-10.
  • It was a tough shooting day for the Wildcats, who made 36.1% from the field, were 0 for 10 from 3-point range and 60.6% at the foul line.
    • It was the second time in the last 73 games that UK did not make a 3-pointer. The previous time came March 15, 2018, when the Wildcats went 0 for 6 but won an NCAA Tournament game over Davidson. Prior to that Davidson game, UK had made a 3-pointer in 1,047 straight games heading into that Davidson contest, which at the time was the longest streak in the nation.
  • Kentucky managed just five assists and zero in the second half.
    • The five assists are tied for the fewest of the Calipari era, tying a five-assist performance in an overtime win vs. LSU on Feb. 22, 2014.
  • The Wildcats’ 12-points loss in Rupp Arena is tied for the largest defeat at home of the Calipari era.
  • Kentucky’s 21 turnovers were its most since 22 mishaps in a win vs. ETSU on Nov. 17, 2017.
    • UK also lost by 12 points to Texas A&M, 83-71, on Jan. 12, 2013.
  • It’s only the third time in 12 seasons of the Calipari era the Wildcats failed to start 2-0.

In the First Half 

  • The starting lineup consisted of freshmen Devin Askew, Brandon Boston Jr., Terrence Clarke, Cam’Ron Fletcher and senior Olivier Sarr, the first start for that combination.
    • Davion Mintz and Isaiah Jackson were UK’s first substitutes at the 15:41 mark.
  • A closely contested first half saw Richmond’s largest lead at three points at 14-11 and UK’s largest advantage was four points on two occasions.
  • Tied at 26, Sarr scored UK’s final six points as the Wildcats went to halftime ahead 32-28. Sarr paced the Cats with 14 points in the opening stanza.

 In the Second Half 

  • Kentucky opened the second half with Askew, Boston, Clarke, Jackson and Sarr.
  • Kentucky lengthened its led to six points at 34-28 and 36-30 before Richmond put together a 9-0 run to take the lead at 39-36.
  • UK responded with a 5-0 run to go back ahead 41-39.
  • Richmond got a basket-and-one from Nathan Cayo, putting the Spiders ahead for good at 42-41.
  • The visitors steadily increased their advantage, including a 7-0 run that put them ahead 58-46.
  • UK got within eight at 58-50 with six minutes to go but got no closer.
  • Richmond stretched the lead to as many as 16 points at 72-56 and 74-58.