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Antonio Reeves gets sixth 20-point game of the season plus Boxscore and Other Game Notes

Boxscore: Antonio Reeves played a season-high 40 minutes and tallied 20 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season.

 

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MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
STEGEMAN COLISEUM | ATHENS, GA

FEB. 11, 2023
ATTENDANCE: 10,376

Final Score: 75, Kentucky 68

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is now 16-9 overall, 7-5 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Georgia is 15-10 overall, 5-7 in the league.
  • Kentucky leads the series 131-28, ending a two-game win streak vs. Georgia. 
  • leads 44-19 in games played in Athens.
  • Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky completes a two-game road swing Wednesday at Mississippi State. Game time is 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT in Starkville) and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky got 20 points each from and Oscar Tshiebwe, UK's first 20-20 game since Tshiebwe and did so in the win over Louisville.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding 38-37 and are now 16-4 this season when winning the boardwork. The Wildcats won second-chance points, 18-5.
  • The Bulldogs made 86.2 percent of their foul shots today. Over the last seven games, UK opponents have made 88.1 percent, 104 of 118.
    • Entering today, UK opponents had made 75.9 percent of their free throws and UK ranked 348th in the nation (out of 358 teams) in opponent free throw percentage.

Player Notes  

  • Oscar Tshiebwe totaled 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots, only the fourth such stat line in the NCAA this season.
    • It is his 14th double-double of the season.
    • He has 42 double-doubles in 57 games at Kentucky.
    • It is his sixth 20-point game of the season.
    • Four blocked shots tied his season high.
  • Antonio Reeves got his sixth start of the season and first since the UCLA game on Dec. 17. Playing a season-high 40 minutes, he tallied 20 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season.
    • It's his 19th double-figure game of the season and 10th in the last 11 games.
    • He also had a season-high-tying six rebounds. 
  • Jacob Toppin had 12 points and eight rebounds, his eighth-straight game in double-figure scoring.
  • had five points and led the Wildcats with six assists. It is his fifth game of the season with at least six assists. 
    • Wallace entered the game as the only freshman in the nation averaging at least 12 points, three rebounds. 3.5 assists and two steals per game.
  • With and out with injury, saw action for only the second time in the last seven games. He played 16 minutes, contributing two points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal. 

Coach

  • Calipari is 21-4 vs. Georgia, all coming at UK.
  • Calipari has an 826-250 all-time on-court record and is 381-110 in 14 seasons at UK.
  • UK is 313-62 (83.5%) against unranked competition under Calipari. 

In the First Half

  • Kentucky opened with a starting lineup of Cason Wallace, Antonio Reeves, Chris Livingston, Jacob Toppin and Oscar Tshiebwe for the first time this season.
  • With Sahvir Wheeler and CJ Fredrick each out because of injury, Adou Thiero was the first substitute at the 16:12 mark. It is the first time this season he has been first off the bench and the 10th Wildcat this season who has been the first sub. 
  • Kentucky missed its first six field goal attempts until Reeves connected with a 3-pointer at the 16:12 mark.
  • UK missed 13 of its first 14 field goal attempts as Georgia built a 13-5 lead.
  • UK warmed to the task with an eight-point run to equalize at 13.
  • UK took its first lead with 6:08 on the clock when Toppin scored to make it 23-22.
  • In the last six minutes, Georgia went on a 20-9 run and took a 42-32 lead into halftime.
    • Kario Oquendo led all players with 17 in the first half while Reeves had 15 for UK.
  • UK is now 2-9 this season when trailing at halftime.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened the second half with the starting lineup. 
  • The Wildcats steadily cut into the disadvantage and a Toppin basket at 12:47 gave the Wildcats a 49-48 lead. Toppin followed with a 3-pointer for UK's largest lead at 52-48.
  • Georgia retook the lead with a 7-0 run and the Bulldogs led the rest of the way. 
  • With Georgia leading 59-58, another 7-0 run gave the Bulldogs a 66-58 lead.

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