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Kentucky-Vanderbilt Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Vanderbilt Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

MARCH 6, 2024


Final Score: No. 15/13 Kentucky 93, Vanderbilt 77


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 22-8 on the season, 12-5 in the Southeastern Conference.
    • UK extended its win streak to four games in a row and swept the regular-season series vs. Vanderbilt.
    • With one game remaining, Kentucky is in a four-way tie for second place in the SEC standings and can finish between second and sixth in the SEC.
  • Vanderbilt is now 8-22 overall, 3-14 in league action.
  • Kentucky leads the series 157-49, including 86-16 in games played in Lexington.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats conclude the regular season Saturday at Tennessee. Game time is 4 p.m. and it will be televised by CBS.

Team Notes

  • This game marked Senior Night and three Wildcats were honored in pregame ceremonies – Tre Mitchell, Antonio Reeves and Kareem Watkins. It also is the final home game for Brennan Canada, who went through Senior Night ceremonies a year ago.
  • Kentucky scored 93 points.
    • UK entered the game third in the nation in scoring at 89.6 points per game.
  • Kentucky shot 50.7% from the field (37 of 73). It is the fourth straight game over 50% and UK is 15-0 this season when making at least 50% from the field.
    • UK entered the game sixth in the nation in field-goal percentage at 49.8%.
  • Kentucky shot 40.7% from 3-point range, 11 of 27. The Wildcats entered the game leading the nation at 40.8%.
  • Kentucky shot 88.9% on free throws, 8 of 9, the ninth straight game at least 75% at the line.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding, 44-32. UK is 14-0 this season when winning or tying the board work.
  • Kentucky tied its season high for assists with 27. With only 10 turnovers, UK had an assist/turnover ratio of +2.70.  UK entered the game 11th in the nation with a ratio of +1.67.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 19 points. UK is 348-17 (95.3%) in the John Calipari era when leading by at least 10 points at some point in the game.


Player Notes

  • Rob Dillingham led the Wildcats with 23 points, his seventh 20-point game and 24th double-figure scoring game of the season. He added five assists.
  • Antonio Reeves had 20 points, his sixth straight 20-point game and 17th of the season. He also tied for the team lead in rebounds with six.
    • Reeves is first Wildcat with six consecutive 20-point games since Jamal Murray had 12 in a row in February/March 2016.
    • He has scored in double figures in every game but one this season.
    • He also has hit at least one 3-pointer in every game but one this season.
    • He has 1,088 points in his two seasons as a Wildcat – moving up to No. 50 on the all-time UK list and No. 3 among Wildcats who played only two seasons at UK.
  • J. Wagner had 11 points, his third straight game in double figures and 13th of the season. He also had five assists.
  • Justin Edwards had 10 points, his 12th double-figure game of the season.
  • Reed Sheppard had eight points and tied his career high for assists with 11.
    • He had one steal, advancing to third on the UK single-season list with 77.
  • Adou Thiero had six points, tied for the team lead in rebounds with six, and led the plus/minus category with a +24.


Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has an 854-261 (76.6%) all-time on-court record, including 409-121 (77.2%) at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 336-70 (82.8%) against unranked opponents while at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 405-131 (75.6%) in conference games during his career, including 197-65 (75.2%) in the SEC.
  • Calipari is 27-6 vs. Vanderbilt.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Kareem Watkins, D.J. Wagner, Antonio Reeves, Tre Mitchell and Ugonna Onyenso for the first time.
  • Justin Edwards was UK’s first substitution with 18:56 remaining.
  • Tied at 16 midway through the half, Vanderbilt hit consecutive 3-pointers to take its largest lead at 22-16.
  • The Commodores kept the lead until Kentucky hit four consecutive 3-pointers in the final 1:40 – including one by Reeves at the buzzer – as UK led 45-40 at intermission.
    • Having trailed 34-29 with 3:30 remaining, UK ended the half on a 16-6 run.
  • UK is 19-3 this season when leading at halftime.


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with Wagner, Reeves, Edwards, Thiero and Onyenso.
  • Edwards scored UK’s first eight points as UK took its then-largest lead at 53-45.
  • Kentucky eventually pulled ahead by 19 points at 84-65.
  • The Commodores responded with eight quick points to make it 84-73 but got no closer.



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