Sahvir Wheeler dished out 12 assists plus Boxscore and Other Game notes from Robert Morris

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NOV. 12, 2021

Final Score: No. 10/11 Kentucky 100, Robert Morris 60

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky notched its first win of the season to get back to .500 at 1-1. Robert Morris fell to 0-2.
  • This was the regular-season home opener for UK.
    • The Wildcats are now 42-4 in home openers in and a perfect 13-0 under head coach John Calipari.
  • UK now leads the series 3-1 and 3-0 in games in Lexington, Ky.
  • This was the first of three straight games in the Kentucky Classic, a multi-team event.
  • Next up: Kentucky hosts Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in in game two of the Kentucky Classic. The game will be televised on SEC Network.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky reached the 100-point mark for the first time since scoring 107 vs. UIC on Nov. 26, 2017 in a 107-73 win.
  • The Wildcats’ 40-point victory was their largest margin of victory since defeating Eastern Kentucky by 42 points (91-49) on Nov. 8, 2019.
  • With an up-tempo pace for much of the game, Kentucky scored 1.449 points per possession, the most since posting 1.47 points per possession vs. in the Southeastern Conference on March 11, 2016.
  • Led by another herculean effort by Oscar Tshiebwe on the boards (20 total for the junior), Kentucky outrebounded Robert Morris 43-24, including 14 offensive rebounds.
    • The Wildcats capitalized with 18 second-chance points.
  • After shooting just 37.7% vs. Duke, Kentucky was 40 of 70 from the floor on Friday, 57.1%.
    • Meanwhile, the Wildcats limited RMU to 37.7% shooting, improving Kentucky’s record to 210-24 (89.7%) when holding the opponent to 40% or less from the floor.
  • The Wildcats made 12 of 23 from 3-point range, 52.2%.
  • Six Wildcats scored in double figures, the first time that’s happened since Nov. 8, 2019, vs. Eastern Kentucky.
  • UK held Robert Morris to 60 points to improve to 189-9 (95.9%) when holding the opponent to 63 points or less under John Calipari.

Player Notes  

  • Oscar Tshiebwe posted his second straight double-double to start the season and 14th of his career with 14 points and 20 rebounds.
    • He has 40 rebounds through two games, the most by a UK player to start a career.
    • According to Stats & Info, his 22 offensive rebounds through two games is tied with Louisiana Tech’s Paul Millsap for the most by an NCAA Division I player in any two-game span over the last 25 seasons.
    • His 20 rebounds tied for the most by a UK player in history ( had 20 vs. Miami [Ohio] on Dec. 17, 1988, and Jared Prickett pulled down 20 vs. on Feb. 9, 1994).
      • Shaquille O’Neal totaled 21 rebounds vs. UK on Feb. 15, 1990, for a record that still stands today.
    • Kellan Grady led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4 of 6 from behind the arc.
      • He also had a game-high-tying three steals.
    • Sahvir Wheeler dished out 12 assists, his second straight game with double-figure dimes. Through two games, he has 22 assists, the best two-game total to start a Kentucky career.
      • Wheeler also added a game-high-tying three steals.
    • After playing just two minutes vs. Duke on Tuesday, Daimion Collins enjoyed a breakout game with 14 points with six rebounds and a game-high four blocks.
      • He made 7 of 8 shots in 21 minutes of action.
    • Davion Mintz scored 13 points with 12 of them coming in the second half on four 3-pointers.
    • Keion Brooks Jr. reached double figures with 13 points.
    • TyTy Washington Jr. chipped in with 10 points, all coming in the first half.

Coach Calipari

  • Calipari improved to 340-94 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 785-234 all-time on-court record. 
  • UK is 276-55 in games vs. unranked Associated Press competition.
  • Calipari is 2-1 in his career vs. Robert Morris.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Sahvir Wheeler, TyTy Washington Jr., Kellan Grady, Keion Brooks Jr. and Oscar Tshiebwe for the second straight game.
  • Grady opened the game with a 3 on the first possession.
  • Daimion Collins was the first sub at the 17:12 mark.
  • The Wildcats got off to a fast start with a 13-2 lead. At the first media timeout, Tshiebwe already had four points and five rebounds.
  • Up 28-20, Kentucky went on a 12-2 run to begin to pull away. Collins was key in the stretch with a pair of offensive rebounds, back-to-back baskets and an impressive swat at the top of the key.
  • Dontaie Allen saw his first action of the season late in the second half and splashed in a 3 at the 3:46 mark to put Kentucky up 40-22.
  • Washington and Grady led the Wildcats with 10 points apiece in the first half.
  • Tshiebwe was well on his way to a double-double with seven points and six boards, including six offensive rebounds.
  • Kentucky led 46-30 at the half.

 In the Second Half

  • Kentucky started the second half with the same starting five: Wheeler, Washington, Grady, Brooks and Tshiebwe.
  • Wheeler opened the second stanza with a layup and the Wildcats picked up full-court pressure. It immediately paid off with a steal by Grady for an alley-oop layup to Brooks.
  • Davion Mintz caught fire in the second half with four 3-pointers – three in the left corner coming over a two-and-a-half minute stretch midway through the second half. They helped stretch what was a 65-44 lead to 76-46 advantage, an 11-2 run.
    • He followed with a fourth just over a minute later and finished the half with four treys and 12 points.
  • A game-best 11-0 run midway through the second half extended Kentucky’s lead to 87-48 with 5:23 to play.
  • Collins stole the show over the final seven minutes of the game with 10 points and four dunks, the final one of which got the Wildcats to the 100-point mark with 39 seconds left.
    • Wheeler was responsible for the final three buckets and had seven assists in the half.