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Kentucky-Missouri Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Missouri Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

JAN. 9, 2024


Final Score: No. 6 Kentucky 90, Missouri 77


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 12-2 on the season and has won six in a row. UK is 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Missouri is 8-7, 0-2 in league play.
  • UK leads the series 15-3, including 9-0 in Lexington.
  • Next for Kentucky: UK travels to Texas A&M on Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup (1 p.m. in Bryan-College Station) with the Aggies.  It will be televised on ESPN.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky is 14-1 in SEC home openers under John Calipari.
  • Kentucky has had five players score in double figures in both SEC games.
  • UK scored 90 points tonight. The Wildcats entered the game third in the nation at 90.8 per game.
    • UK has scored at least 80 points in all but one game this season.
  • UK shot 50 percent from the field, 28 of 56.  The Wildcats are 7-0 this season when making at least half their shots.
  • The Wildcats did a great job getting to the free throw line and taking advantage of their opportunities.  The Cats made 27 of 32, season highs in both categories, for 84.4%.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding, 42-27, posting a season-high +15 in rebound margin.
    • UK is 7-0 this season when winning the rebounding.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 15 points. UK is 339-15 (95.8%) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during any point of the game.
  • Although UK committed more turnovers, 13 vs. 11 for Mizzou, the Wildcats did the better job of converting the miscues.  UK won points off turnovers, 16-4.
  • Sparked by a season high 23 points from Rob Dillingham, UK won bench points 26-10.


Player Notes

  • Rob Dillingham poured in a season-high 23 points, featuring 6 of 7 from the field, 3 of 3 on 3-pointers, and 8 of 10 at the foul line.
    • After the game, Missouri Coach Dennis Gates said of Dillingham, “He’s probably the best isolation player in college basketball, that’s what I believe.”
  • Tre Mitchell notched 20 points and 14 rebounds, his third double-double in the last four games (second in a row) and 14th of his career.
    • It is his fourth straight game with double-digit rebounds and he has had at least four boards in every game this season.
    • It is UK’s first 20-10 game since Oscar Tshiebwe had 25 points and 18 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament vs. Kansas State.
  • J. Wagner had 16 points, his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season and third in a row.
  • Antonio Reeves had 14 points, including 8 of 8 at the charity stripe.
    • Reeves went 0 for 5 on 3-pointers, ending his streak of 24 consecutive games with a 3-pointer, longest since Jamal Murray’s school-record 36-game streak in the 2015-16 season.
  • Aaron Bradshaw, the current SEC Freshman of the Week, had 10 points and six rebounds.  It’s his fourth double-figure game of the season and the Wildcats are 5-0 since he entered the starting lineup.


Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has an 844-255 (76.8%) all-time on-court record, including 399-115 (77.6%) at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 328-65 (83.5%) at UK against unranked competition.
  • Calipari is 12-5 vs. Missouri.
  • Calipari is now 395-126 (75.8%) all-time in conference games, including 187-60 (75.7%) in the SEC.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started J. Wagner, Antonio Reeves, Justin Edwards, Tre Mitchell and Aaron Bradshaw for the fifth game in a row and has won all five games.
  • Ugonna Onyenso, Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard were UK’s first substitutions with 14:10 remaining.
  • Kentucky won the opening tip and Mitchell hit 3-pointers on UK’s first two possessions.
  • Both teams started hot until tied at 12, when Kentucky went on a 7-0 run and never trailed again.
  • Kentucky eventually led 35-21 midway through the half, but Missouri countered with a 13-2 spurt to close the gap to 37-34.
  • With 11 points from Dillingham and Wagner, plus 10 from Mitchell, UK took a 47-42 lead into halftime.
  • UK is now 11-1 this season when leading at halftime.


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • UK began with an 8-4 spurt (55-46), prompting an MU timeout at 17:08.
  • From there, the margin stayed between seven and 11 points until less than two minutes remaining.
  • After a MU dunk at the 10:20 mark, the Tigers missed 13 straight field goal attempts, going more than nine minutes without a basket.


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