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Kentucky is 2-5 this season when trailing at halftime plus Boxscore and Other Gonzaga Game Notes

Following the loss to Gonzaga, Kentucky is now 2-5 this season when trailing at halftime and have now lost three straight games at Rupp Arena

 

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MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
RUPP ARENA AT CENTRAL BANK CENTER | LEXINGTON, KY
FEB. 10, 2024
ATTENDANCE: 20,186

Final Score: RV Gonzaga 89, No. 17/15 Kentucky 85

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 16-7 on the season, Gonzaga is 18-6.
  • Gonzaga leads the series 2-1.  This is the first time the teams have met in Lexington.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats return to Southeastern Conference play Tuesday at home against Ole Miss.  Game time is 9 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky scored 85 points today. entered the game second in the nation in scoring at 89.7 points per game.
  • Kentucky blocked 10 shots today.  UK entered the game sixth in the nation in blocks at 6.0 per game.
  • Since the North Carolina game on Dec. 16 – the first game that UK had at least two seven-foot players available – the Wildcats have averaged 7.0 rejections per game.
  • All 10 Wildcats who played in the game scored at least one point.
  •  did not play because of injury. Kentucky has not had any game this season with all players available.
  • Eight players have missed a total of 48 games because of injury, illness or other reasons.  Among regular players, , and Jordan Burks are the only ones who have been available every game.

 Player Notes 

  • Reed Sheppard led the Wildcats with 21 points – all in the second half – his fifth 20-point game of the season.  He tied for the team lead in rebounds with five. Ironically, he did not hit a 3-pointer, ending a string of 17 games with a 3-pointer.
    • Sheppard, the SEC leader in steals, had two steals and has had at least two thefts in 18 of 23 games.
  • Antonio Reeves had 17 points and has landed in double figures in every game but one this season.
  •  had 15 points, only one shy of his career high 16 vs. Kansas. He tied for the team lead in rebounds with five.
  •  had eight points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with five.
  • After missing three games because of an ankle injury, D.J. Wagner returned to action.
  • Tre Mitchell missed the second game in a row because of injury.

Coach

  • Calipari has an 848-260 (76.5%) all-time on-court record, including 403-120 (77.1%) at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 332-69 against unranked opponents while at Kentucky, including 118-9 against unranked foes in Rupp Arena.
  • Calipari is 4-2 vs. Gonzaga.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Reed Sheppard, Antonio ReevesJustin Edwards, Adou Thiero and  for the second game in a row.
  •  was UK's first substitution at the 17:38 mark.
  • Nine Wildcats saw action in the first five minutes.
  • Edwards scored the first basket but Gonzaga posted seven points in a row and led the remainder of the half.
  • Late in the half, a 7-0 run gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of 13 points, 42-29.
  • A Dillingham 3-pointer cut the margin to 42-32 at intermission.
  • UK is now 2-5 this season when trailing at halftime.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • After Gonzaga made a pair of free throws to open the half, an 11-2 spurt by UK cut the gap to 46-43.
  • Trailing 51-45, a 7-0 dash gave UK its first lead since the first minute of the game, 52-51.
    • UK continued the run to 12-0 for a 57-51 advantage with 12:30 left.
  • Tied at 75, Gonzaga's Anton Watson made a basket-and-one with 3:49 left to go ahead 78-75 and the Bulldogs never trailed again.

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