Oscar Tshiebwe posted his fourth double-double plus Boxscore and Other Game Notes



NOV. 22, 2021

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.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky held UAlbany to 61 points. The Wildcats are 192-9 (95.5%) under head coach 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.  

Player Notes  

  • 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.
  • , 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.
  • . 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.
  • 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.
  • 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), (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.

Coach Calipari

  • 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, 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.