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Reed Sheppard Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Reed Sheppard was tabbed the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday

men's basketball freshman guard was tabbed the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday. Sheppard averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 56.7% from the field in two games for the Wildcats last week.

The honor is the first of Sheppard's career and the second for a freshman in as many weeks after D.J. Wagner was tabbed the league's top-performing first-year player a week ago. UK has won more weekly honors (127) than any other school during the John Calipari era, including 96 SEC Freshman of the Week awards and 31 SEC Player of the Week honors.

The London, Kentucky, native opened the week by helping the Cats dominate No. 8 Miami in the ACC/SEC Challenge. Sheppard scored 21 points and added five boards and four assists. He drained five 3-pointers in the 22-point win, while also disrupting the Hurricanes into three steals. Sheppard then made his first career start against UNC Wilmington on Saturday. He tied a career-high with 25 points and also corralled a career-best nine rebounds.

The 6-foot-3 guard ranks among the nation's best in several categories. He's registering a 61.1% 3-point field-goal percentage (1st), recording 3.00 steals per game (7th), making 2.75 made 3s per game (60th), recording 2.58 assist-to-turnover ratio (81st), dishing 3.9 assists per game (160th), swatting 0.88 blocks per game (336th) and snaring 4.38 defensive rebounds per game (345th). Sheppard is also one of the nation's best in effective field-goal percentage and plus/minus statistics.

Sheppard and the Wildcats will travel to Philadelphia to take on Penn at noon ET on Saturday. The game will be played in Wells Fargo Center and air 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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