KENTUCKY MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
O2 ARENA | LONDON, ENGLAND
DEC. 4, 2022
Final Score: No. 19/18 Kentucky 73, RV/RV Michigan 69
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is now 6-2 on the season, Michigan is 5-3.
- Kentucky leads the overall series, 6-2, and has won two in a row.
- UK leads 3-1 in games played at neutral sites.
- Kentucky is now 6-1 in regular-season games played on foreign soil, 1-0 in England.
- Next for UK: Kentucky plays host to Yale on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
- Kentucky limited Michigan to 39.1% from the field as the Wolverines made 25 of 64. UK is 227-24 (90.4%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 40 percent or less shooting, including 6-0 this season.
- Five Wildcats scored in double figures for the second time this season, also vs. South Carolina State.
- UK held a 46-33 advantage on the boards, moving to 6-0 on the year when outrebounding its opponent.
- Jacob Toppin tied for a team high in scoring with 14 points, pouring in 10 in the second half.
- Toppin also grabbed five boards.
- Cason Wallace matched Toppin with 14 points to go along with eight boards and five assists.
- The eight rebounds matched his career best, recorded earlier this year against Howard.
- Wallace also tied his career best in makes from distance, going a perfect 4-for-4 from deep.
- Antonio Reeves went 3-for-4 from 3-point range on his way to an 11-point, four-rebound outing.
- He has landed in double-figure scoring in seven of eight games this season.
- He has made at least one 3-pointer in each game this season.
- Oscar Tshiebwe notched his SEC-leading fourth double-double of the season and 44th of his career, going for 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
- Tshiebwe, at 14.2 points and 13.5 rebounds per game, is the only player nationally this season to average at least 14 points and 13 rebounds per contest.
- Sahvir Wheeler went for 11 points and game-best seven assists.
- Scored his 1,000th collegiate point at the 11:18 mark of the first half and now has 1,008, including 644 at Georgia and 364 at Kentucky.
- Wheeler also drew a game-high eight fouls.
Coach John Calipari
- Calipari is 2-0 vs. Michigan. The other game was a 75-72 win in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
- Calipari is 82-30 in neutral-site games at UK, including 4-0 in foreign countries.
- Calipari has an 816-243 all-time on-court record and a 371-103 mark in his 14th season at UK.
- UK is 304-58 (84.0%) against unranked competition under Calipari.
In the First Half
- Kentucky started the combination of Sahvir Wheeler, Cason Wallace, Antonio Reeves, Jacob Toppin and Oscar Tshiebwe for the third straight game.
- CJ Fredrick, Daimion Collins and Chris Livingston were UK’s first subs at the 13:19 mark.
- The teams played evenly in the opening period, with Michigan’s 17-11 lead the largest of the half by either team.
- Wheeler’s 3-pointer at the expiration of the shot clock with 11:18 remaining gave him 1,000 points for his collegiate career.
- Trailing 34-29, UK closed the half with an 8-2 run and went to intermission ahead 37-36. Tshiebwe led Kentucky with 11 points and seven rebounds. Reeves hit three 3-pointers.
In the Second Half
- UK started the second stanza with Wheeler, Wallace, Reeves, Collins and Tshiebwe.
- Wallace got hot with eight quick points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Wildcats spanned the halves with a 16-3 run (8-1 to open second half), building their largest lead at 45-37.
- UK led 49-42 when Michigan had an eight-point run and regained the lead at 50-49.
- Ugonna Onyenso put UK back in the lead with a layup at 12:13, making it 51-50 and the Wildcats never trailed again.
- Ahead 60-58, a six-point outburst by Wheeler gave UK its largest lead at 66-58.
- Michigan closed within two points at 68-66 but a huge 3-pointer by Wallace with 1:11 on the clock put the Cats ahead 71-66 and UK led by at least two possessions the rest of the way.