Final Score: No. 12/13 Kentucky 82, Mississippi State 74
Team Records, Series Notes, Etc.
- Kentucky is now 16-4 on the season and 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
- Mississippi State is 13-6 overall, 4-3 in the conference.
- The Wildcats lead the series, 100-21, including 51-5 in Lexington. UK has won the last eight matchups in Rupp Arena.
- Today's game marked the fourth of five consecutive games against teams that had a combined record of 64-13 when the stretch began Jan. 15. UK is 3-1 in that stretch.
- Next for Kentucky: UK travels to No. 5/5 Kansas on Saturday for a 6 p.m. ET game (5 p.m. CT in Lawrence). It will be televised by ESPN.
- Kentucky won its fourth straight overtime game, the last two of which have been against Mississippi State, and the Wildcats are 63-49 all-time in extra periods.
- Kentucky has won 14 in a row at home, including 13-0 this season.
- Kentucky won the rebounding battle 44-33 and won second-chance points, 13-3.
- UK is 16-1 this season when outrebounding the opponent, 13 of which have been by double-figure margins.
- Kentucky won despite having a season-high 17 turnovers for the third time this season. Ironically, UK has won all three games, vs. Albany, at Texas A&M and tonight.
- Oscar Tshiebwe totaled 21 points and 22 rebounds, UK's first 20-20 game since Mike Phillips had 26 points and 28 rebounds vs. Tennessee on Jan. 10, 1976. Phillips' statline also came in an overtime game.
- It is his 14th double-double of the season, ranking third in the nation in that category.
- It is his seventh 20-point game and fifth 20-rebound game of the season, but the first time in the same contest.
- The nation's leading rebounder has grabbed double-figure boards in all but two games this season.
- For the third time in the last four games, he had a career-high-tying three steals.
- Kellan Grady had 18 points, including UK's first eight points of overtime.
- Over the last 11 games he is averaging 14.5 points per game while shooting 8 percent from the field (54 of 113), including 44.8 percent (39 of 87) from 3-point range.
- It is the eighth time this season he has made at least four 3-pointers in a game.
- This was his second 40-minute game in a row after playing 43 minutes tonight and all 40 minutes at Auburn.
- Sahvir Wheeler notched 15 points and six assists.
- Since returning from injury, he has averaged 16.3 points over the last four games.
- It is his 13th game of the season with at least six assists.
- Keion Brooks Jr. amassed 12 points and six rebounds.
- It is his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season and first since Georgia on Jan. 8.
- Dontaie Allen scored five points, his first points since Nov. 29 vs. Central Michigan.
- TyTy Washington Jr. missed the game because of injury and is day-to-day.
Coach John Calipari
- John Calipari is now 355-97 at UK.
- Calipari won his 800th game and has an 800-237 all-time on-court record.
- Calipari amassed his 800 wins in the fourth-fewest games coached (1,037). Only Adolph Rupp (972), Roy Williams (1,012) and Dean Smith (1,029) achieved the feat faster.
- UK is 290-56 vs. unranked competition under Calipari.
- Calipari is now 17-1 vs. Mississippi State, including 16-1 while at Kentucky.
- Calipari has tallied a 373-118 all-time record within conference play as a head coach and owns a 165-52 record since joining the SEC.
In the First Half
- With TyTy Washington Jr. out with injury, the starting lineup featured Sahvir Wheeler, Davion Mintz, Kellan Grady, Keion Brooks Jr. and Oscar Tshiebwe for the first time this season.
- Brooks opened the game with a jumper from the foul line and Wheeler followed with a fast-break layup for a 4-0 lead.
- Trailing 6-4, UK had an 8-0 run for a 12-6 lead.
- Going ahead 9-6 on a Grady 3-pointer, the Wildcats never trailed again.
- Bryce Hopkins was the first UK substitution at the 13:40 mark.
- It was the first time this season he has been the first called upon player.
- The Wildcats put together a 7-0 spurt to lengthen the lead to 25-13, capped by a Dontaie Allen follow-dunk with 7:58 on the clock.
- A Jacob Toppin 3-pointer – his first long ball of the season – with 4:39 remaining gave UK its largest lead of the half, 30-16.
- A dunk by Hopkins with four seconds left sent UK to halftime with a 37-24 lead.
- Tshiebwe paced the first-half effort with nine points and 12 rebounds.
- UK is 15-2 this season when leading at intermission.
In the Second Half
- Kentucky began the second half with the same starting lineup.
- A 3-pointer by Grady with 16:50 on the clock gave UK its largest lead at 45-29.
- Trailing 53-38 at the 12:25 mark, Mississippi State got hot with a 24-9 run, tying the score at 62 with 4:12 left.
- Tied at 64, a reverse layup-and-one by Tshiebwe with 3:24 left put UK back ahead, 67-64.
- A Wheeler layup with 2:49 and two free throws at 1:17 kept the Wildcats ahead 71-68.
- After an MSU basket, Tshiebwe made the second of two foul shots with 33.4 seconds left to keep UK up 72-70.
- Two foul shots by Iverson Molinar with 22.2 left tied the game at 72.
- Grady missed a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
- Tshiebwe led the Wildcats in the second half with 12 points and seven rebounds.
- Kentucky never trailed in the second half.
- After each team failed to score on their first two possessions, Grady and Molinar traded baskets.
- Tied at 74, Grady's 3-pointer with 2:22 to go shoved the Wildcats back ahead and another long one – late in the shot clock with 1:12 left in the game – made the count 80-74.
- Wheeler made 1 of 2 free throws on two occasions in the final minute for the final tally of 82-74.
- UK limited MSU to two points on 1 of 7 shooting in the extra period.
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.