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Kentucky-Mississippi State Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Mississippi State Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

JAN. 17, 2024


Final Score: No. 8/10 Kentucky 90, Mississippi State 77


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 13-3 on the season, 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Mississippi State is 12-5 overall, 1-3 in league play.
  • UK leads the series 102-21 and has won three in a row vs. MSU.
    • UK leads 52-5 in games played in Lexington and has won the last nine in Rupp.
  • Next for Kentucky: UK concludes a two-game homestand Saturday as the Wildcats play host to Georgia. Game time is 6 p.m. and it will be televised on SEC Network.

Team Notes

  • UK is 3-0 this season in bounce-back games following losses. The Wildcats are now 18-3 in bounce-back games in the last three seasons.
  • UK scored 90 points tonight. The Wildcats entered the game third in the nation at 90.8 per game.
    • This is the first team in UK history that has scored at least 81 points in 15 of its first 16 games.
  • Kentucky shot 55.6 percent tonight from the field as the Wildcats missed only eight of their two-point shots (23 of 31, 74.2%).
    • It is UK’s eighth game this season shooting at least 50 percent and the Wildcats have won all eight.
  • UK had 20 assists with only 10 turnovers, a plus-2 ratio. UK entered the game third in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at +1.88.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 20 points. The Wildcats are 340-15 (95.8%) in the John Calipari era when leading by as many as 10 points during the contest.

Player Notes

  • Antonio Reeves had 27 points, his eighth 20-point game of the season.
    • He has landed in double figures in every game but one this season.
  • Rob Dillingham had 16 points, his 14th double-figure game of the season.
  • Aaron Bradshaw had 11 points, his fifth double-figure game in the nine games he has played. He also tied for the team lead in rebounds with six.
  • Reed Sheppard had nine points while leading the team with six assists and a plus/minus of +21.
  • Tre Mitchell scored 15 points and enjoyed a perfect shooting night: 5 of 5 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and making all four foul shots.
  • Ugonna Onyenso had three points and was a significant defensive presence, with four blocked shots and six rebounds.


Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has an 845-256 (76.7%) all-time on-court record, including 400-116 (77.5%) at Kentucky.
    • It marked Calipari’s 400th win at Kentucky. Among active head coaches, he is the third fastest to 400 wins at a program with 516 games. Only Bill Self (Kansas) and Mark Few (Gonzaga) reached 400 wins faster.
  • Calipari is 329-66 (83.3%) at UK against unranked competition.
  • Calipari is 19-1 vs. Mississippi State.
  • Calipari is now 396-127 (75.7%) all-time in conference games, including 188-61 (75.5%) in the SEC.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started J. Wagner, Antonio Reeves, Justin Edwards, Tre Mitchell and Aaron Bradshaw for the seventh game in a row. UK is 6-1 in this lineup.
  • Ugonna Onyenso, Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard were UK’s first substitutions at the 15:57 mark.
  • After Mississippi State made the first two shots for a 5-2 lead, Kentucky went on a 13-0 run and the Wildcats never trailed again.
  • Kentucky stretched the lead to 20 points at 47-27 and took a 47-29 tally into halftime.
    • Reeves led the way with 16 points and Dillingham had 10, while on the defensive end, UK limited MSU to 35.5% shooting.
  • UK is now 12-1 this season when leading at halftime.


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • Mississippi State scored on its first six possessions, needing less than three minutes to cut the margin to 49-43.
  • Kentucky called timeout at 17:14 and the Wildcats steadied with a 6-0 spurt. Then, Mitchell added consecutive basket-and-ones to restore the lead to 61-46.
  • After that the Bulldogs got no closer than 12 points.



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