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Kentucky-Kentucky State Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Kentucky State Postgame Notes

NOV. 3, 2022


Final Score: No. 4/4 Kentucky 111, Kentucky State 53


Team Records and Series Notes

  • UK improved to 146-12 all-time in exhibition games, including 3-0 vs. Kentucky State.
  • Kentucky has won its last 25 exhibition games dating back to Nov. 2, 2014, vs. Pikeville.
    • The last loss was Aug. 17, 2014, vs. the Dominican Republic in the final game of the 2014 Big Blue Bahamas exhibition tour.
  • The Wildcats begin the 2022-23 regular season on Monday, at home against Howard. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and it will be televised on the SEC Network.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited KSU to 53 points as the Thorobreds shot 28.2% from the field (20 of 71).
  • After losing the battle of the boards in the first exhibition against Missouri Western, the Wildcats (literally) rebounded with a 57-38 margin on the glass tonight.
    • The rebounding advantage led to a 22-3 differential in second-chance points.
  • UK’s 20-10 advantage in turnovers led to a 26-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • Had this been a regular-season game, UK’s 111 points were the most since a 115-69 win over Arizona State on Nov. 28, 2016.
  • UK made half of its shots tonight, 38 of 76, and the Wildcats were 46.2 percent from long range (12 of 26).
  • Six Wildcats scored in double figures.


Player Notes

  • Antonio Reeves led the way with 23 points, including 5 of 10 from long range.
  • Jacob Toppin tallied 21 points, including 7 of 7 at the charity stripe, and had six rebounds.
  • Freshman Chris Livingston contributed 14 points, making 6 of 7 from the field.
  • CJ Fredrick had 14 points and a game-high six assists.
  • Freshman Cason Wallace had 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
  • Lance Ware nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, adding three steals and three blocked shots.
  • Freshman Ugonna Onyenso led all rebounders with 11 boards while blocking four shots and scoring four points.


Coach John Calipari

  • UK is 43-1 in exhibition play under John Calipari.
  • Calipari will enter the season with an 810-241 all-time regular-season record and a 365-101 mark at Kentucky.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Cason Wallace, CJ Fredrick, Chris Livingston, Jacob Toppin and Lance Ware.  
  • Ugonna Onyenso and Antonio Reeves were UK’s first substitutions at 13:35.
  • Tied at five, UK took control with a 14-0 run, and after a KSU basket, an 11-0 spurt for a 30-7 lead.
  • The largest run of the game, a 17-point outburst, extended the advantage to 49-14.
  • Kentucky went to halftime with a 61-25 lead. Had this been a countable game, it would have been the most points for the Wildcats in a first half since opening with 63 at Vanderbilt on Feb. 7, 1996.


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with Wallace, Fredrick, Livingston, Toppin and Ware.
  • A 9-0 start made the count 70-25.
  • Kentucky hit the century mark on a Toppin free throw with 3:11 left.
  • Kentucky marked its largest lead at 58 points at 110-52 and the final score of 111-53.


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