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Final Score: No. 10/13 Kentucky 86, UAlbany 61
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky extended its winning streak to four games and is now 4-1 in the 2021-22 season. UAlbany fell to 0-5 this season.
- UK now leads the series 2-0 with both games having taken place in Rupp Arena.
- UK is 11-0 against teams comprising the America East Conference.
- Next up: Kentucky will continue its season-long seven-game home stand on Friday when it hosts North Florida at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by SEC Network.
- Kentucky held UAlbany to 61 points. The Wildcats are 192-9 (95.5%) under head coach John Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 points or less.
- UK kept UAlbany at 35.3% from the field. UK is 213-24 (89.9%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 40 percent or less.
- Kentucky led by as many as 26 points. The Wildcats are 290-12 (96.0%) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any time during the contest.
- UK shot 54.2% from the field, the third game this season the Wildcats have made at least half their shots during the game.
- Kentucky continued its rebounding dominance, 48-24, a +24 margin. UK has outrebounded all five opponents and has a +20.2 average margin for the season.
- The Wildcats continued their solid performances at the free-throw line, making 77.3% tonight, 17 of 22. UK is now at 83.3% on the campaign.
- All five starters scored in double figures, the second time this season that five Wildcats tallied double digits.
- TyTy Washington Jr led the Wildcats in scoring for the first time this season with a game-high 20 points, his second consecutive game tallying 20.
- He made 7 of 14 from the floor and has made at least 50% of his shots in four straight games.
- He has matched or increased his point total in all five games this season.
- He is now the team's leading scorer with 15.0 points per game.
- He blocked a career-high two shots.
- Sahvir Wheeler, who entered the game second in the nation in assists with 8.5 per game, dished out seven dimes on Monday to go along with 15 points.
- Keion Brooks Jr. scored in double figures for the fourth straight game with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
- He also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
- Oscar Tshiebwe posted his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
- It was his fifth straight game in double-figure rebounding to start the season.
- He is the first player to grab 10 or more rebounds in five straight games since Julius Randle posted a 10-game streak in February and March of 2014.
- Kellan Grady splashed in a game-high three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the second half to post 14 for the game, his second game in double figures this season.
- Jacob Toppin (shoulder), Lance Ware (ankle) and CJ Fredrick (hamstring) did not play because of injury.
- Toppin has missed four straight games and Ware has missed the last three. They are day-to-day.
- Fredrick is likely to miss the 2021-22 season after undergoing surgery last week to repair a hamstring injury.
- Davion Mintz did not play Monday due to illness. He is day-to-day.
- Calipari improved to 343-94 at UK.
- Calipari has a 788-234 all-time on-court record.
- UK is 279-55 in games vs. unranked Associated Press competition.
- Calipari is 2-0 all-time vs. UAlbany.
- Kentucky is 192-17 in Rupp Arene under Calipari, winning the last five in a row.
In the First Half
- Kentucky started Sahvir Wheeler, TyTy Washington Jr., Kellan Grady, Keion Brooks Jr. and Oscar Tshiebwe for the fifth straight game to open the season and is now 4-1 with that lineup.
- Brooks scored the game's first points off a jumper for the second game in a row.
- UK jumped out to an 8-3 lead with a pair of Tshiebwe jumpers but UAlbany kept it close early in the first half.
- Aided by consecutive 3-pointers from Washington and Grady, the Wildcats scored 10 straight points midway through the first half to turn a one-point lead into a 25-14 advantage with 8:34 left in the first half.
- Kentucky held UAlbany without a point for five full minutes of game action.
- UAlbany scrapped back to cut the Wildcats' lead to 31-26 but UK outscored the Great Danes 6-2 over the final two minutes to take a 37-28 lead into the halftime locker room.
- Turnovers were a problem for the Wildcats in the first half. They committed nine of them with just three assists.
- Washington led UK in the first half with 13 points.
- Tshiebwe posted six points and nine boards in the first half.
- Wheeler added nine points and three assists.
In the Second Half
- Kentucky started the second half with the same starting five: Wheeler, Washington, Grady, Brooks and Tshiebwe.
- Up 43-35, the Wildcats began to pull away with a 9-2 stretch to take a 52-37 lead. Washington was the catalyst with five points during the run.
- The Wildcats really took control with a 9-0 burst midway through the first half. A 3 by Grady from the right corner put Kentucky up 59-39 with 8:50 to go and forced UAlbany to call a timeout. Out of it, Daimion Collins slammed home a Washington miss to complete the run.
- UK led by as many as 26 points at 86-60 before the final tally of 86-61.
- Brooks led UK's second-half effort with 13 points, with Grady adding 11.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.