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Kentucky had only three turnovers against Texas A&M-Commerce plus Boxscore and Other Game Notes


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NOV. 10, 2023

Final Score: No. 16 Kentucky 81, Texas A&M-Commerce 61

Team Records and Series Notes

  • This was the first game of the Wildcat Challenge presented by Kentucky Tourism.
  • Kentucky is 2-0 on the season, Texas A&M-Commerce is 0-3.
  • This was the first meeting between the teams.
  • The Wildcats return to action Tuesday, Nov. 14, against Kansas in the Champions Classic. The game will be played in the United Center in Chicago. Game time is 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited TAMC to 61 points.
    • is 216-10 (95.6%) under Calipari when the opponent scores 63 points or less.
  • Kentucky had only three turnovers while forcing 14.
  • All five starters scored in double figures, the second-straight game that five Wildcats landed in double digits.
  • Kentucky won fast-break points, 23-1.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 22 points. The Wildcats are 331-14 (95.9%) in the Calipari era when leading by as many as 10 points at any time during the contest. 

Rupp Arena

  • Kentucky is 649-81 (88.9%) in the 48-year history of Rupp Arena.
  • Kentucky is 222-21 (91.4%) in Rupp Arena under Calipari.

Player Notes  

  • led the Wildcats with 21 points, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers.
  • had 18 points, a game-high eight rebounds and tied with a game-high three steals.
  • tallied 16 points, including 4-of-4 at the foul line, with seven rebounds.
  • Rob Dillingham totaled 12 points and led the Wildcats in assists with four.
  • J. Wagner finished with 11 points.


  • This was Calipari's first game against Texas A&M-Commerce.
  • Calipari has an 834-253 all-time on-court record and a 389-113 mark at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 319-64 (83.3%) at UK against unranked competition.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started J. Wagner, Rob Dillingham, Antonio Reeves, Justin Edwards and Tre Mitchell.
  • and Reed Sheppard were UK's first substitutions at the 14:32 mark.
  • TAMC's Tommie Lewis scored the first eight points of the game, prompting a UK timeout at 17:48. 
  • On the strength of five 3-pointers, TAMC stretched the lead to 13 points, 19-6, at 13:28. 
  • Trailing 21-8, UK went on a 19-3 run for a 27-24 advantage.
    • UK's first lead was 25-24 on a driving layup by Wagner at the 7:41 mark. 
  • On the strength of three Reeves 3-pointers, UK closed the half on a 9-2 run and took a 38-30 lead into intermission.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • Ahead 43-37, UK added a 9-0 run to make it 52-37.
  • The margin stayed in that range until late in the game, when the Wildcats led by as many as 22 points en route to the 20-point triumph.


On This Day In UK Basketball History

On November 28, 1989, the long-awaited debut of Coach Rick Pitino and the Wildcats was worth waiting for as Reggie Hanson scored 24 points and UK held off the Ohio Bobcats.

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