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Antonio Reeves leads Kentucky to victory against his former team Illinois State

Antonio Reeves scored 27 points to lead No. 8 Kentucky to a 96-70 win over Illinois State on Friday night. Dec 29, 2023

No. 8 has been very good at sharing the ball this season, especially in the Wildcats' nine victories. That trend continued on Friday night as the Cats recorded 23 assists in a 96-70 win over .

In Kentucky's victories this season, the Cats have averaged 20.2 assists per game. In 's two losses, the Cats have assisted on an average of 14 baskets.

On Friday night, several Cats got in on the action. In fact, six Kentucky players recorded an assist in the game. Four UK players had at least four assists, led by , who had seven.

led Kentucky in scoring again on Friday, scoring 27 points against his former team. That followed Reeves' 30-point effort against Louisville last week. Dillingham had 16 points, had 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

was the fourth UK player in double figures, scoring 14 points and handing out three assists.

Kentucky head coach likes how his team is playing through 12 games.

“We've got a good team,” Calipari said. “We pass the ball, we shoot the ball.”

One area of concern from Friday's game was rebounding. Calipari knows that his team needs to continue to improve in that particular area.

“They blocked us out. We didn't go get any balls,” Calipari said. “We got a few, but not like they did. That will concern me but we've got time.”

Kentucky now has eight days off before opening Southeastern Conference play at Florida on Jan. 6.

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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