Sahvir Wheeler gets his 1,000th career point plus Boxscore and Other Game Notes

 

Go here for boxscore.

KENTUCKY MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
O2 ARENA | LONDON, ENGLAND

DEC. 4, 2022
ATTENDANCE: 8,242

Final Score: No. 19/18 Kentucky 73, RV/RV 69

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is now 6-2 on the season, 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 on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited 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. State.
  • UK held a 46-33 advantage on the boards, moving to 6-0 on the year when outrebounding its opponent.

Player Notes  

  • 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.
  • 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 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 ’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 had an eight-point run and regained the lead at 50-49.
  • 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.