Kentucky needed overtime to take down Saint Joseph's on Monday. Tre Mitchell and D.J. Wagner each scored 22 points, with Mitchell hitting a pair of crucial three-point shots in overtime. Antonio Reeves scored 20 points, with Rob Dillingham scoring 13 and Justin Edwards adding 12.
The Cats are now 4-1 on the season, with the only blemish being a close loss to top-ranked Kansas in Chicago. The Cats have been shooting, and making, a lot of three-point shots this season. UK has made double figure threes in its last three games. Forward Justin Edwards said that UK head coach John Calipari encourages the Cats to shoot open shots.
“He's on us about shooting open shots and making them,” Edwards said. “He says if you're open, shoot it or I'll take you out.”
One thing that the Cats are focused on is rebounding. UK continues to be without its three seven footers, Aaron Bradshaw, Zvonimir Ivisic and Ugonna Onyenso, so rebounding needs to be a team effort for Kentucky.
“Rebounding. When we rebound at a high clip, it's harder for teams to guard us,” Edwards said. “I feel like that's something we have to get better at.”
Marshall is 2-3 this season, having lost two of three games in the Cayman Island Classic earlier this week. Kevon Voyles leads the Herd, averaging 15.8 points per game, while Nate Martin averages 13.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Friday's game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. ET and it can be seen on the SEC Network.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.
- On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.
- On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.
- On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.