Men's Basketball
Kentucky-Team Canada Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Team Canada Postgame Notes




JULY 13, 2023


FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 93, Canada 69

  • This was Kentucky’s second exhibition game of the GLOBL JAM FIBA event. UK will play two more games during the tour.
  • The Wildcats return to the court on Saturday vs. Team Africa. That game will tip at 1:30 p.m. and air live on CBS Sports Network.
  • With the win, Kentucky advances to the championship game of the event. The game, against a to-be-determined opponent, will tip at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS Sports Network.
  • Kentucky is 148-12 all-time in exhibition games and has won 27 straight. UK is 45-1 in exhibition contests under head coach John Calipari.


First-Quarter Facts

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Rob Dillingham, Reed Sheppard, Antonio Reeves, Adou Thiero and Tre Mitchell. Dillingham and Sheppard each earned their first start of the tournament.
  • Kentucky used four early points from Dillingham to jump out to an 8-4 lead, but the Canadians responded to knot the score at 8-8 at the 6:38 mark.
  • However, the Cats bounced back with a 13-4 spurt over the next 2:43, using a pair of Sheppard 3s and another from Reeves to take a 21-12 advantage with 3:57 remaining in the opening period.
  • D.J. Wagner, Justin Edwards and Jordan Burks were UK’s first subs of the game with 3:33 left in the quarter.
  • After connecting on eight of their first nine shots, the Cats missed their next six but a Wagner corner 3 with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter ended the drought as Kentucky outscored Canada 24-16 over the first 10 minutes.


Second-Quarter Story

  • After the teams traded baskets throughout the early part of the second quarter, a pair of Edwards 3s sandwiched around a fast-break dunk by Thiero pushed the Wildcat advantage to 39-26, forcing a Canada timeout with 4:46 remaining in the half.
  • With the UK lead standing at 13 at 47-34 with less than a minute left to play, Sheppard blocked a Canada 3-pointer, tracked down the board and raced down the court for the slam to stake the Cats to a 49-34 lead at the break.
  • Sheppard led Kentucky with 12 points and three steals over the first 20 minutes while Reeves and Edwards each chipped in with nine for a balanced Wildcat attack.
  • Eight Cats scored in the half as UK shot 51% from the field and 46% from deep.
  • UK recorded 14 assists on 18 made field goals and forced 13 Canada turnovers.


Third-Quarter Tidbits

  • UK opened the second half with the same starting five.
  • Canada trimmed the UK lead to 55-43 with 5:33 left to play but a traditional 3-point play by Thiero after a beautiful feed from Wagner put an end to the Canadian run.
  • The Wildcats outscored Canada 16-6 the rest of the stanza, capped by a straightaway 3 from Wagner in the closing seconds, to push the advantage to a game-high 22 at 71-49.

Fourth-Quarter Findings 

  • Edwards scored seven early fourth-quarter points, hitting a 3 with 6:25 left to play to extend the UK lead to 27 at 81-54.
  • Joey Hart saw his first action, playing the final 2:02 of the contest.
  • The Cats used baskets from Reeves and Burks to cruise the rest of the way, picking up the 24-point victory.

Team Notes 

  • Kentucky held a 23-8 advantage in points off turnovers and a 15-6 lead in fast-break points.
  • The Cats forced 21 Canada turnovers.
  • Kentucky shot 48.6% (35-for-72) from the field and 36.7% (11-for-30) from deep.
  • UK connected on 12 of 14 (85.7%) from the charity stripe.
  • The Cats tallied 27 assists on 35 made field goals.

Player Notes

  • Antonio Reeves led all scorers with 23 points. He’s tallied game-high honors in both contests.
  • Justin Edwards went for 16 points and five boards.
  • Reed Sheppard poured in 14 points to go along with four assists and a game-high four steals.
  • Adou Thiero totaled 11 points, six boards and six assists while the Cats were a game-high plus-22 with him on the floor.
  • Tre Mitchell tied Thiero with a team-high six rebounds to go along with eight points, three assists, two steals and a game-high five blocks.
  • Rob Dillingham poured in six points while dishing out a game-high eight assists.

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