Men's Basketball
Kentucky-Marshall Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Marshall Postgame Notes

NOV. 24, 2023


Final Score: No. 16 Kentucky 118, Marshall 82


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 5-1 on the season, Marshall is 2-4.
  • Kentucky leads the series, 13-0, including 9-0 in Lexington.
  • UK continues the five-game homestand Tuesday against No. 10/11-ranked Miami (Fla.). Game time is 7:30 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.


Team Notes

  • UK tallied 118 points, the most of the John Calipari era, topping the 115 scored against Arizona State on Nov. 28, 2016.
    • It is UK’s second 100-point game of the season and 21st century score of the Calipari era.
    • The 45 field goals and 16 3-pointers are the second-most of the Calipari era.
  • UK has scored at least 81 points in all six games this season, the first time that has happened to open a season since 1970-71.
  • Kentucky had six players score in double figures, the first time that has happened since Nov. 12, 2021 against Robert Morris.
    • It is the fourth game this season that at least five players tallied double figures.
  • Kentucky shot 60.8% from the field (45 of 74). It is UK’s third straight game over 50% and second this season of at least 60%.
  • Kentucky made 16 of 27 from 3-point land, the Wildcats’ fourth straight game of double-figure threes.
    • The last time UK made at least 10 threes in four straight games was February 2016, when the Wildcats had a five-game streak of 10+ threes.
  • UK has made at least 12 3-pointers in four straight games, the first time that has happened since December 1989.
  • Kentucky had only nine turnovers tonight. UK has had single-digit miscues in five of six games this season and now are averaging just 8.2 TOs per contest.
    • UK entered the game fourth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.31), fourth nationally in turnover percentage (10.7%) and fifth in the nation in turnovers per game.
  • Kentucky had 27 assists, the third straight game of at least 24.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 41 points. UK is 333-15 (95.7%) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at some juncture of the game.
  • Kentucky is 652-81 (88.9%) in the 48th season in Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.


Player Notes

  • D.J. Wagner had a season-high 28 points, most by a Wildcat this season and his second straight 20-point game. He added five assists and three steals.
  • Antonio Reeves had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and has scored double figures in every game this season. It is his fourth 20-point game of the campaign.
    • Has made a 3-pointer in 17 consecutive games.
    • He has 101 3-pointers as a Wildcat, the 29th player in school history with at least 100 threes.
  • Tre MItchell collected 18 points and four rebounds. He has had at least four boards in every game this season.
  • Rob Dillingham had 16 points, making 7 of 8 field goals, including both 3-point attempts. He also had a season-high eight assists.
    • He has scored double figures and had at least three assists in every game this season.
  • Reed Sheppard totaled 12 points, a season-high seven rebounds, a game-high six assists and two steals.
    • He has had at least two steals in every game this season.
  • Justin Edwards had 10 points, his fourth double-digit game of the season.
  • Freshman Joey Hart had his first points as a Wildcat, sinking a 3-pointer.


Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has an 837-254 (76.7%) all-time on-court record, including 392-114 (77.5%) at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 322-64 (83.4%) at UK against unranked competition.
  • Calipari is 7-0 vs. Marshall.
  • Calipari is 225-21 (91.5%) in Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started D.J. Wagner, Antonio Reeves, Justin Edwards, Adou Thiero and Tre Mitchell for the fifth time. UK has a 4-1 record with that lineup.
  • Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard were UK’s first substitutions with 16:32 remaining.
  • Kentucky scored on the first possession when Reeves made a 3-pointer.
  • Marshall got ahead 5-3 but UK responded with a 10-0 run and the Wildcats never trailed again.
  • UK led by as many as 30 points en route to a 69-41 halftime lead.
    • UK shot 65% and four Wildcats hit double-figure scoring, led by Reeves’ 15 points.
    • 69 points is a Rupp Arena record for one half.
    • UK has led at halftime in all six games this season.
  • It’s the most points UK has scored in any half since the Wildcats tallied 70 in the first half of a 118-99 win over Marshall on Dec. 19, 1995. The game was played in Louisville’s Freedom Hall.
    • It is the fourth-most points in a first half in UK history.


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • The Wildcats led by as many as 41 points en route to the 118-82 victory.

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