Men's Basketball
Kentucky-New Mexico State Postgame Notes

Kentucky-New Mexico State Postgame Notes

NOV. 6, 2023


Final Score: No. 16 Kentucky 86, New Mexico State 46


Team Records and Series Notes

  • This was the season opener for both teams.
  • Kentucky leads the series 2-0, with this being the first game in Lexington. The previous matchup was an 82-60 UK win in the 1999 NCAA Tournament in New Orleans.
  • The Wildcats return to action Friday, Nov. 10, at home against Texas A&M-Commerce. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on SEC Network+.


Season Openers

  • Beginning its 122nd season of men’s basketball, UK now has a 100-21 record in season lidlifters (no official games played in the 1952-53 season).
  • Kentucky is 13-2 in season openers under Coach John Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 15-0 in home openers with Coach Calipari.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited New Mexico State to 46 points.
    • UK is 90-0 under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 55 points or less.
    • UK is 215-10 (95.6%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 63 points or less.
  • NMSU shot 32.1% from the field. UK is 234-24 (90.7%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 40% or less.
  • Kentucky forced 18 turnovers, 13 of which were steals, and UK won points off turnovers, 24-6.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding, 43-33.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 40 points. The Wildcats are 330-14 (95.9%) in the Calipari era when leading by as many as 10 points at any time during the contest.
  • Five Wildcats scored in double figures, first time that has happened since Jan. 24, 2023 at Vanderbilt.


Rupp Arena

  • Kentucky is 15-0 in home openers with Coach Calipari.
  • Kentucky is 648-81 (88.9%) in the 48-year history of Rupp Arena.
  • Kentucky is 221-21 (91.3%) in Rupp Arena under Calipari.


Player Notes

  • Rob Dillingham led all scorers with 17 points.
  • J. Wagner tallied 13 points and led the team in steals with three.
  • Justin Edwards and Reed Sheppard had 12 points each.
  • Antonio Reeves had 11 points, the 87th double-figure game of his career.
  • Tre Mitchell totaled nine points, nine rebounds, five assists and a steal.
  • Becoming more of an inside presence, Adou Thiero had five points and a career-high seven rebounds.


Coach John Calipari

  • This was Calipari’s first game against New Mexico State.
  • Calipari has an 833-253 all-time on-court record and a 388-113 mark at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 318-64 (83.2%) at UK against unranked competition.
  • See additional Calipari notes above under Season Openers and Rupp Arena.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started J. Wagner, Antonio Reeves, Justin Edwards, Adou Thiero and Tre Mitchell.
  • Rob Dillingham was UK’s first substitution at the 16:05 mark.
  • Trailing 6-2, Kentucky took the lead with an 8-0 run and never trailed again.
  • UK led by as many as 11 points but an NMSU 3-pointer near the halftime buzzer left the count 37-29 going into intermission.
  • All eight Wildcats who played also scored, led by eight points each from Reeves and Reed Sheppard.


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • The Wildcats scored the first five points of the half to push the advantage to 42-29.
  • Ahead 48-35, an 11-0 UK run gave the Cats a comfortable cushion, 59-35.
  • The Wildcats finished the game on a 17-0 run, leading to the final verdict of 86-46.


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