Oscar Tshiebwe ties Dan Issel’s record plus Boxscore and Other Vanderbilt Notes

 

Go here for boxscore.

 

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS, KENTUCKY vs. VANDERBILT

AMALIE ARENA | TAMPA, FLA.

MARCH 11, 2022
ATTENDANCE: 17,132

Final Score: No. 5 Kentucky 77, 71

 Team Records, Series Notes, Etc.

  • Kentucky is 26-6 overall and has won three in a row. 
  • is 17-16 overall, ending a three-game win streak.
  • UK leads the series, 154-47, and has won 13 in a row vs. the Commodores.
    • The teams are tied 5-5 in games played in the Tournament, although UK leads 4-2 in quarterfinals games.
    • UK won both games in the regular season, 78-66 in Nashville and 77-70 in Lexington.
  • Next for Kentucky: UK plays Tennessee in the Saturday’s semifinals at approximately 3:30 p.m. (25 minutes after the conclusion of the 1 p.m. game). It will be televised by ESPN. 

Kentucky in the SEC Tournament

  • Kentucky is now 135-27 all-time in the SEC Tournament, ending a two-game losing skid in the event. UK has never lost three SEC Tournament games in a row.
  • UK is 46-11 in the quarterfinal round of the tourney and has won seven in a row in the quarters.
  • Looking ahead to Saturday, Kentucky is 42-3 in semifinal games.
    • UK is 12-5 in the SEC Tournament vs. Tennessee, including 5-2 in semifinal tilts.

Team Notes

  • In a tightly contested game that featured four ties, 10 lead changes and neither team leading by more than nine points, Kentucky outlasted Vanderbilt, 77-71. 
  • Kentucky won the rebounding 37-27. The rebounding helped UK have an 11-4 edge in second-chance points and a 20-9 gap in fastbreak points.
    • UK has a 23-3 record this season when leading the rebounding.
  • Thanks to Davion Mintz and Jacob Toppin scoring 10 points each, UK won bench scoring 20-7.

Player Notes                                                                                                                                         

  • Jr. poured in 25 points, including 17 in the decisive second half, and had a career-best four 3-pointers.  
    • It is his three points away from his career best and fifth game this season of 20 or more points.
    • In UK’s 23 wins in which he has played, he has averaged 14.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists, as opposed to 6.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in UK’s six losses. 
  • Oscar Tshiebwe totaled 12 points and 14 rebounds, adding a career-high five blocked shots.
    • It is his 14th-straight double-double, most for a Wildcat since at least 1967-68 (complete single-game rebounding information available since that season).
    • It is his 26th double-double of the season, ranking second in the nation in that category and tying the school record of 26 by Dan Issel in 1969-70.
    • He has scored double figures in 14 straight games, best at UK since Immanuel Quickley had a 20-game stretch in the 2019-20 season.
    • The nation’s leading rebounder has 19 straight games with double-figure rebounds, longest streak in one season since Kevin Marfo of Quinnipiac had a 20-game stretch in 2019-20.  Tshiebwe has grabbed double-figure boards in all but two games this season.
  • Sahvir Wheeler had eight points, six rebounds and a game-high 11 assists.
    • Leading the SEC and ranking third nationally in assists, it is his fifth double-figure assist game of the season.
  • With Keion Brooks limited by foul trouble, Jacob Toppin came off the bench to play 20 minutes, scored 10 points, grabbed two rebounds and blocked three shots.
  • Playing 29 minutes off the bench, Davion Mintz had 10 points and a season-high five assists and the Wildcats had a +19 margin when he was on the court.
    • He has 14 double-figure scoring games this season.

Coach

  • Calipari is now 365-99 at UK.
    • UK is 298-56 vs. unranked competition under Calipari.
  • Calipari has an 810-239 all-time on-court record. 
  • Calipari is 24-5 in the SEC Tournament, tying Tubby Smith for the third-most coaching wins since the tournament was renewed in 1979. 
  • Calipari is 23-4 vs. Vanderbilt.  

In the First Half

  • The starting lineup was Sahvir Wheeler, Jr., Kellan Grady, Keion Brooks Jr. and Oscar Tshiebwe for the 24th time this season.  The Wildcats are 19-5 with this lineup.
  • Davion Mintz was the first Kentucky substitution at the 15:47 mark, seventh time this season he has been first off the bench.
  • Trailing 11-7, Kentucky’s 12-0 run gave the Wildcats a 19-11 lead.
  • edged back into the lead but UK scored the last five points of the half and went into the locker room ahead 37-33. 
  • Mintz and Washington led UK in scoring with eight points each and Tshiebwe added six points and six rebounds.
  • UK is now 24-2 this season when leading at intermission.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup. 
  • With UK ahead 39-33, went on a 13-0 spurt to go ahead 46-39. 
  • Kentucky responded with a 16-1 run to claim a 55-47 advantage with 10:51 to go.
  • After pulled within one at 59-58, Wheeler hit a jumper and Washington sank a pair of corner 3-balls to give UK its largest advantage, 67-58, with 5:16 to go.
  • kept battling and got within 73-69 with 54 seconds left but four free throws by Washington preserved the victory.
  • Washington led the Cats in the second half with 17 points.