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UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
NORTH at KENTUCKY
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
NOV. 22, 2021
ATTENDANCE: 19,350

Final Score: No. 10/13 Kentucky 86, North 52

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky extended its winning streak to five games and is now 5-1 on the 2021-22 season. North dropped to 1-6 this season.
  • UK notched its first victory vs. UNF in the schools’ first meeting.
  • Next up: Kentucky will continue its season-long seven-game home stand on Monday when it hosts Central Michigan at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be live streamed by SEC Network+/ESPN+.
    • It will mark the return of former UK assistant Tony Barbee, who served on staff at Kentucky from the 2014-15 season through the 2020-21 year. He was named CMU’s head coach following the 2020-21 season.
  • Attendance at Rupp Arena was a season-high 19,350.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky held North to 52 points. UK is a perfect 81-0 under head coach John Calipari when holding the opponent to 55 or points or less. The Wildcats are 193-9 (95.5%) under Calipari when limiting the opponent to 63 points or less.
  • UK limited North to 33.3% from the field. UK is 214-24 (89.9%) under Calipari when keeping the opponent to 40% or less.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 37 points. The Wildcats are 291-12 (96.0%) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any time during the contest.
  • The Wildcats, who entered the contest No. 1 in the nation in rebounding margin, continued its rebounding dominance Friday with a plus-17 margin. UK has outrebounded all six opponents this season and has a plus-19.8 average margin for the season.
  • Five Kentucky players scored in double figures, the third time in six games at least five Wildcats have reached digits in a game.
  • The Wildcats outscored the Ospreys 28-0 on fastbreak points.
  • UK also dominated North in the points-off-turnovers category, winning that battle 20-3.
  • Kentucky came up with 13 steals, tied for the second most of the Calipari era.
    • The Calipari era benchmark is 15, set Nov. 16, 2012, vs. Lafayette.

Player Notes  

  • Jr led the Wildcats in scoring for the second time this season with a game-high-tying 14 points.
    • He was 6 for 13 from the floor, ending a four-game streak of shooting 50% or better.
    • It was the first time this season he failed to match or increase his scoring total from the previous game.
    • He had a career-high four steals.
  • Sahvir Wheeler, who entered the game first in the country with 8.2 assists per game, dished out a game-high and career-high 14 assists to go along with 12 points.
    • It is the most assists by a Wildcat since Tyler Ulis had 14 vs. LSU on March 5, 2016.
    • It was tied for the third-most assists in school history and was the most ever by a junior.
    • It was his second double-double of the season and 10th of his career.
  • Oscar Tshiebwe, the country’s leading rebounder, posted his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
    • It was his sixth straight game in double-figure rebounding to start the season.
    • He is the first player to grab 10 or more rebounds in six straight games since Julius Randle posted a 10-game streak in February and March of 2014.
    • He is tied for the national lead in double-doubles with five.
  • Dontaie Allen scored a season high and game-high-tying 14 points, tallying 12 of them in the second half.
    • He also snared a career-high seven rebounds and tied a career high with two assists.
  • Daimion Collins made the most of his first career start with 12 points and six boards.
  • Jacob Toppin (shoulder) and Lance Ware (ankle) returned to action. Toppin had missed four straight games and Ware had missed the last three.
    • Toppin had three points and two rebounds in his return.
    • Ware scored four points.
  • Davion Mintz and Keion Brooks Jr. did not play due to illness.
    • Mintz missed his second straight game. It was Brooks’ first absence of the season.

Coach Calipari

  • Calipari improved to 344-94 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 789-234 all-time on-court record. 
  • UK is 280-55 in games vs. unranked Associated Press competition and 171-11 vs. unranked foes in Rupp Arena.
  • Calipari is 1-0 all-time vs. North Florida.
  • Kentucky is 193-17 in Rupp Arena under Calipari, winning the last six in a row.
  • UK is 100-6 vs. nonconference foes under Calipari in Rupp Arena.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Sahvir Wheeler, Jr., Kellan Grady, Daimion Collins and Oscar Tshiebwe for the first time this season with Keion Brooks Jr. unavailable due to illness.
  • Making his first career start, Collins got the game’s opening points with a two-hand putback slam.
  • Jacob Toppin, appearing in his first game since the season opener vs. because of a shoulder injury, was Kentucky’s first sub at the 16:32 mark.
  • The Wildcats got off to a slow start as North took a 12-7 lead.
  • At the under-8 timeout, Kentucky had made just five of its first 20 shots and trailed 16-14, but the Wildcats came out of the timeout with some much-needed energy. Collins started an 8-0 run with an alley-oop slam on a beautiful feed from Dontaie Allen. A minute and a half later, the Wildcats forced UNF to burn a 30-second timeout after a steal from Washington led to a transition layup and a 20-16 lead for UK.
    • UK stretched the run to 8-0 out of the timeout with a Collins offensive putback.
    • The overall run was 12-2 over 4:13 of game time, turning a 16-14 deficit to a 26-18 Kentucky advantage.
  • Kentucky closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 37-23 lead to the halftime locker room.
  • After starting the game 5 of 20 from the field, UK made 11 of 19 to close the half.
  • Collins capitalized on his first start with eight points and four rebounds in the first half.
  • Wheeler also scored eight and dished out four assists.
  • Tshiebwe extended his double-figure rebounding streak to start the season in the first half alone with 11 boards to go along with seven points.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky started the second half with the same starting five: Wheeler, Washington, Grady, Collins and Tshiebwe. 
  • Grady started the second half with the hot hand, scoring Kentucky’s first six points – all on jumpers.
  • UK opened the second half with 12 points in the first 4:04 of play.
  • Kentucky increased its lead to 54-30 on an 8-0 run highlighted by a steal and layup by Wheeler.
  • A 9-0 run – fueled by the helping hand of Wheeler with three assists in the burst – ballooned the lead to 75-40 with 4:42 left in the game.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 37 with 2:34 left to play.
  • Allen led UK in the second half with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.