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Kentucky Falls to UNC-Wilmington

Freshman Reed Sheppard scored 25 points but No. 12 Kentucky lost to UNC-Wilmington 80-73 on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

Freshman scored 25 points but No. 12 lost to 80-73 on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

Sheppard made 9 of 17 from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the arc, and 4 of 4 at the free throw line for his 25 points. The London, Kentucky native added nine rebounds , six assists and two steals.

had 14 points before fouling out. and each had 11 points and six rebounds for the Cats, who made just five of 17 (29.4 percent) from behind the arc for the game.

UNC-Wilmington made 11 of 31 (35.5 percent) from behind the arc and 28 of 65 (43.1 percent) of its shots overall.

Kentucky head coach saw a different team on Saturday than he had seen previously this season.

“There are games where you're not going to make shots,” Calipari said. “You've got to rebound and defend. I understand our starting point guard was out. But we didn't play the same way. We held the ball, everybody's trying to make a play.”

Specifically, the UK head coach did not like his team's defensive execution.

“We couldn't stay in front of the ball,” Calipari said. “We've got time in between games and we've got to work on the importance of staying in front of your man and making him score through your chest. You keep opening up the hips and they're shooting layups. We've got stuff to learn. You win and you learn. You better guard the ball better.”

However, Calipari did not take anything away from UNC-Wilmington.

“They deserved to win the game. They did,” Calipari said. “I would have liked to have stolen it from them but they deserved to win it. They played well, they shot well.”

Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, visiting Philadelphia to play Penn. Tipoff is set for noon ET and the game can be seen on ESPN2.

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.

 

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