Men's Basketball
Kentucky-Howard Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Howard Postgame Notes

NOV. 7, 2022


Final Score: No. 4/4 Kentucky 95, Howard 63


Team Records and Series Notes

  • This was the first time that Kentucky and Howard have played on the hardwood and UK is now 7-0 against teams comprising the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
  • The Wildcats return to action Friday, Nov. 11, at home against Duquesne. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on the SEC Network.


Season Openers

  • Beginning its 121st season of men’s basketball, UK now has a 99-21 record in season lidlifters (no official games played in the 1952-53 season).
  • Kentucky is 11-3 in season openers under Coach John Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 14-0 in home openers with Coach Calipari.
  • Kentucky scored its most points and had the largest margin of victory (32 points) in a season opener since a 108-58 win over Marist on Nov. 11, 2011.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited Howard to 63 points. UK is 203-9 (95.8%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 63 points or less.
  • Howard shot 34.3% from the field. UK is 223-24 (90.3%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 40% or less.
  • On the offensive end, UK opened the campaign by making 54.8% from the field, including 45.8% from long range.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 38 points. The Wildcats are 311-13 (96.0%) in the Calipari era when leading by as many as 10 points at any time during the contest.
  • UK had a pair of 20-point scorers, first time for that since Kellan Grady (25) and Oscar Tshiebwe (21) did so in a win vs. Alabama on Feb. 19.
    • Reeves and Fredrick are the third pair of teammates to debut with at least 20 points, joining Reid Travis and Keldon Johnson (11/6/2018) and Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones (11/12/2010) as the others to do so.


Rupp Arena

  • UK extended its home win streak to 20 games, dating back to the 2020-21 season, and that is the longest current home win streak in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Kentucky is 14-0 in home openers with Coach Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 634-77 (89.2%) in the 47-year history of Rupp Arena.
  • Kentucky is 207-17 (92.4%) in Rupp Arena under Calipari.
  • A pair of entertainment luminaries visited the arena tonight.
    • Golden Globe Award-winning actor Ving Rhames is the father of Bison player Freedom Rhames, who scored five points in four minutes of action.
    • Terry Lewis, 2022 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is the father of Talin Lewis, who logged four minutes tonight and had one rebound.


Player Notes

  • Antonio Reeves led the scoring with 22 points, including a UK-debut record six 3-pointers.
    • Previous debut record was three 3s by Patrick Sparks, Doron Lamb, Tyrese Maxey and Kellan Grady.
    • It is the 22nd 20-point game of Reeves’ career.
  • Marking his first official game in 595 days, CJ Fredrick showed no rust with 20 points, the sixth 20-point game of his career.
  • Jacob Toppin notched his first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
  • Freshman Cason Wallace almost had a triple-double in his first official collegiate game, totaling 15 points, eight rebounds and a game-high nine assists.
    • The nine assists were the second-most in a UK debut in program history. Only De’Aaron Fox’s 12 against Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 12, 2016 are more.
  • Freshman Chris Livingston started his first official collegiate game and had nine points and four rebounds.
  • Lance Ware had four points and a career-high four steals.
  • Freshmen Ugonna Onyenso (six points, four rebounds, four blocked shots) and Adou Thiero (four points, five rebounds) played in their first official collegiate game.


Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari is 2-0 vs. Howard, with a win while coach at Memphis, 112-42, on Jan. 3, 2001.
  • Calipari has an 811-241 all-time regular-season record and a 366-101 mark at Kentucky.
  • See additional Calipari notes above under Season Openers and Rupp Arena.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Cason Wallace, CJ Fredrick, Chris Livingston, Jacob Toppin and Lance Ware.
  • Antonio Reeves was UK’s first substitution at the 15:59 mark.
  • Toppin got the first points of the season with 2 of 3 foul shots with 19:18 on the clock.
  • Howard led 4-3 when a Wallace jumper put the Wildcats ahead for good.
  • UK gradually pulled ahead, scoring the last five points of the half to lead 49-26 at intermission.
    • 49 points in the first half is the most for UK in a season opener since tallying 49 vs. Maryland on Nov. 9, 2012.
  • Reeves led the first-half scoring with 13 points, Fredrick tossed in 11 and Toppin neared a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • Kentucky had a 12-0 run, its largest spurt of the game, to make the score 63-30.
  • Kentucky extended the lead to as many as 38 points.


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