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NOV. 6, 2023

Final Score: No. 16 Kentucky 86, 46

Team Records and Series Notes

  • This was the season opener for both teams.
  • Kentucky leads the series 2-0, with this being the first game in Lexington. The previous matchup was an 82-60 win in the 1999 NCAA Tournament in New Orleans. 
  • The Wildcats return to action Friday, Nov. 10, at home against Texas A&M-Commerce. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on SEC Network+.

Season Openers

  • Beginning its 122nd season of men's basketball, UK now has a 100-21 record in season lidlifters (no official games played in the 1952-53 season).
  • Kentucky is 13-2 in season openers under Coach .
  • Kentucky is 15-0 in home openers with Coach Calipari.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited New Mexico State to 46 points.
    • UK is 90-0 under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 55 points or less.
    • UK is 215-10 (95.6%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 63 points or less.
  • NMSU shot 32.1% from the field. UK is 234-24 (90.7%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 40% or less. 
  • Kentucky forced 18 turnovers, 13 of which were steals, and UK won points off turnovers, 24-6.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding, 43-33.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 40 points. The Wildcats are 330-14 (95.9%) in the Calipari era when leading by as many as 10 points at any time during the contest. 
  • Five Wildcats scored in double figures, first time that has happened since Jan. 24, 2023 at Vanderbilt.

Rupp Arena

  • Kentucky is 15-0 in home openers with Coach Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 648-81 (88.9%) in the 48-year history of Rupp Arena.
  • Kentucky is 221-21 (91.3%) in Rupp Arena under Calipari.

Player Notes  

  • Rob Dillingham led all scorers with 17 points.
  • DJ Wagner tallied 13 points and led the team in steals with three.
  • and had 12 points each.
  • had 11 points, the 87th double-figure game of his career.
  • totaled nine points, nine rebounds, five assists and a steal. 
  • Becoming more of an inside presence, had five points and a career-high seven rebounds.

Coach John Calipari

  • This was Calipari's first game against New Mexico State.
  • Calipari has an 833-253 all-time on-court record and a 388-113 mark at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 318-64 (83.2%) at UK against unranked competition.
  • See additional Calipari notes above under Season Openers and Rupp Arena.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started DJ Wagner, Antonio Reeves, Justin Edwards, Adou Thiero and Tre Mitchell.
  • Rob Dillingham was UK's first substitution at the 16:05 mark.
  • Trailing 6-2, Kentucky took the lead with an 8-0 run and never trailed again.
  • UK led by as many as 11 points but an NMSU 3-pointer near the halftime buzzer left the count 37-29 going into intermission.
  • All eight Wildcats who played also scored, led by eight points each from Reeves and Reed Sheppard.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • The Wildcats scored the first five points of the half to push the advantage to 42-29. 
  • Ahead 48-35, an 11-0 UK run gave the Cats a comfortable cushion, 59-35. 
  • The Wildcats finished the game on a 17-0 run, leading to the final verdict of 86-46.

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On December 5, 1953, Cliff Hagan scored 51 points against Temple.


On December 5, 1953, Cawood Ledford broadcasts his first game as the radio “Voice of the Wildcats.”


On December 5, 2009, freshman John Wall bounced back from a bout with dehydration and a queasy encounter with an IV drip to finish with 16 points -- including the clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds left -- seven assists, five rebounds and three steals to lift the Wildcats to a 68-66 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels.  This was the first signature win of Calipari's tenure and proved his rebuilding job was well ahead of schedule.


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