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Ugonna Onyenso gets his first UK double-double plus Boxscore and Other Florida Game Notes

Ugonna Onyenso had his first UK double-double with a career-high 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the loss to Florida

 

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MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
RUPP ARENA AT CENTRAL BANK CENTER | LEXINGTON, KY
JAN. 31, 2024
ATTENDANCE: 20,068

Final Score: Florida 94, No. 10/8 Kentucky 91 (overtime)

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 15-5 on the season, 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Florida extended its winning streak to four in a row is 15-6 overall, 5-3 in league play.
  • UK leads the series 110-42 but tonight ended a five-game UK win streak in the series.
    • UK leads 55-12 in games played in Lexington.
  • Next for Kentucky: on Saturday, UK plays host to Tennessee at 8:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised by ESPN.

Team Notes

  • The game featured 15 ties and 29 lead changes. There were 14 ties and 26 lead changes in regulation.
  • Kentucky is 1-2 in overtime game this season.
  • Kentucky scored 91 points tonight.  UK entered the game fourth in the nation in scoring at 88.5 points per game.
  • Kentucky had 17 assists and nine turnovers, an assist/turnover ratio of +1.89.
  • UK entered the game fifth in the nation with a +1.82 ratio.
  • UK entered the game 13thin the nation in assists per game with 18.0.
  • Kentucky had a season-high 14 blocked shots tonight.  UK entered the game ninth in the nation with 5.7 blocks per game.
  • Since the North Carolina game on Dec. 16, the first game that UK had two of its seven-foot players available, the Wildcats have averaged 7.2blocks per game.
  • Kentucky's largest lead was 10 points.  The Wildcats are 342-16 (95.5%) under Calipari when leading by 10 or more at some point during the game.
  • This was the sixth game this season that UK had two players score at least 20 points. UK is 5-1 in those games.
  •  and  did not play because of injuries. Kentucky has not had all players available for any game this season.

Player Notes 

  •  had his first UK double-double with a career-high 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
    • He also had a career-high eight blocks while playing a career-best 33 minutes.
    • His 13-16-8 stat line is the first such combination by a player in Kentucky history.
    • His 16 rebounds are the most by a Wildcat in a game this season.
  • Playing all 45 minutes,  had 24 points, his fourth 20-point game of the season and most against an opponent.
    • He also led the Wildcats in assists with six.
  • Playing a career-high 39 minutes,  had 20 points, his third game this season of at least 20 points.
  •  had 19 points.
    • He has landed in double figures in every game but one this season.

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has an 847-258 (76.7%) all-time on-court record, including 402-118 (77.3%) at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 331-68 (83.0%) at UK against unranked competition.
  • Calipari is 25-10 vs. Florida.
  • Calipari is now 398-129 (75.5%) all-time in conference games, including 190-63 (75.1%) in the SEC.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Reed Sheppard, Antonio ReevesAdou Thiero and Ugonna Onyenso for the first time.
    • It is the sixth different lineup of the season and third straight game with a different lineup.
  •  and Rob Dillingham were UK's first substitutions at the 15:06 mark.
  • Trailing 28-27, UK went on a 12-1 run to take a 39-29 lead.
  • Florida scored five points in the final minute to pull within 41-36 at halftime.
    • The first half featured five ties and 14 lead changes.
  • Sheppard led UK with 11 points while Dillingham and Reeves had eight each.
  • UK is now 13-2 this season when leading at halftime.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with Sheppard, Dillingham, Reeves, Mitchell and Onyenso.
  • Appropriate for a game with 14 ties and 26 lead changes in regulation, Florida's Walter Clayton hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to send the game to overtime at 84-84.

In Overtime

  • Kentucky began the overtime with Sheppard, Dillingham, Reeves, Mitchell and Onyenso.
  • Trailing 87-86, Clayton hit a 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining to put Florida ahead 89-87.
  • The Gators added five foul shots to make it 94-87.
  • Sheppard hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left, and after a UK steal, was fouled with two seconds left.
  • Sheppard made the first foul shot to make it 94-91.  He intentionally missed the second but Florida got the rebound to seal the win.

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On February 23, 1970, Dan Issel scored 47 points against Alabama.

 

On February 23, 2019, with an 80-53 victory over Auburn, 10th-year head coach John Calipari moves past Joe B. Hall for the second most victories by a UK head coach in program history. He trails only the Baron of the Bluegrass, Adolph Rupp.

 

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