Men's Basketball
Kentucky-Miami Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Miami Postgame Notes

NOV. 28, 2023

Final Score: No. 12 Kentucky 95, No. 8 Miami (Florida) 73

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 6-1 on the season, Miami is 5-1.
  • Kentucky leads the series, 4-1, including 4-0 in Lexington.
  • UK concludes the five-game homestand Saturday against UNC Wilmington. Game time is 4 p.m. and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

Team Notes

  • Tonight’s 22-point margin of victory …
    • Is UK’s largest over an Associated Press top-10 ranked opponent in Rupp Arena. The previous high was 21 points against No. 6 Louisville in November 1983.
    • Is UK’s second-largest over an Associated Press top-10 opponent since Coach John Calipari took over in the 2009-10 season. The largest was a 32-point win over Kansas in November 2014.
  • UK has scored at least 81 points in all seven games this season, the first time that has happened to open a season since 1970-71, when the Wildcats did so in the first nine games.
  • Kentucky had five players score in double figures, the fifth game this season that has happened.
  • Kentucky shot 59.7% from the field (37 of 62). It is UK’s fourth straight game over 50%.
  • Kentucky had only eight turnovers tonight. UK has had single-digit miscues in six of seven games this season and now is averaging just 8.1 TOs per contest.
    • UK entered the game leading the nation in turnover percentage (10.8%), second in the nation in turnovers per game and second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.45).
  • Kentucky had 26 assists, the fourth straight game of at least 24.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 29 points. UK is 334-15 (95.7%) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at some juncture of the game.
  • Kentucky is 653-81 (89.0%) in the 48th season in Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.

Player Notes

  • Reed Sheppard totaled 21 points, his second 20-point game of the season, adding five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
    • He led the team in plus/minus at +35.
    • He has had at least two steals in every game this season.
  • Antonio Reeves had 18 points and has scored double figures in every game this season.
    • Has made a 3-pointer in 18 consecutive games.
  • Tre MItchell totaled 14 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and a career-high seven assists. He has had at least four boards in every game this season.
  • Rob Dillingham had 12 points and a season-high nine assists with no turnovers. He also had five rebounds and two steals.
    • He has scored double figures and had at least three assists in every game this season.
  • Justin Edwards had 11 points, his fifth double-digit game of the season.
  • Adou Thiero had nine points and a team-best six rebounds.
  • D.J. Wagner had five points with one assist and one blocked shot. He exited the game with 4:22 remaining in the first half and did not return. Coach Calipari referenced an ankle issue after the game.

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has an 838-254 (76.7%) all-time on-court record, including 393-114 (77.5%) at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 70-50 (58.3%) at UK against ranked competition.
  • Calipari is 1-1 vs. Miami.
  • Calipari is 226-21 (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 sixth time. UK has a 5-1 record with that lineup.
  • Both teams were hot early, tied at 10 at the first TV timeout, when Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard were UK’s first substitutions with 15:38 remaining.
  • Coming out of the timeout, the Wildcats went on an 11-1 spurt, coaxing a Miami timeout at 11:35.
  • Out of their timeout, the Hurricanes roared back with an 18-2 run, taking a 29-23 advantage.
  • Miami led 37-34 when the Wildcats scored the final eight points of the half to take a 42-37 advantage at intermission.
    • UK has led at halftime in all six games this season.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with Sheppard, Reeves, Edwards, Thiero and Mitchell.
  • The Wildcats stormed out of halftime with a 25-6 run, upping the lead to 67-43.
  • The Cats made 15 of their first 17 shots of the second half and ended up making 66.7% in the second stanza.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 29 points at 71-62.

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