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Wheeler Injured as Cats Drop to LSU 65-60


Kentucky coach John Calipari at postgame press conference following his team's loss to LSU Tuesday night.


Compiled by UK Athletics


UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES KENTUCKY at LSU PETE MARAVICH ASSEMBLY CENTER | BATON ROUGE, LA.

JAN. 4, 2021

ATTENDANCE: 11,808

Final Score: No. 21/21 LSU 65, No. 16/13 Kentucky 60

Team Records, Series Notes, Etc.

  • Kentucky ended a four-game win streak and is now 11-3 this season and 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU is now 13-1 and 1-1 in the league.

  • The Wildcats now have a 91-28 all-time record vs. LSU, including 32-19 in games play in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • UK fell to 1-3 in games away from Rupp Arena this season and 0-2 in true road contests.

  • Next up: Kentucky will host Georgia on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Rupp Arena. SEC Network will carry the game.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky shot its lowest field-goal percentage of the season, 36.2%. The Wildcats are 0-2 this season when shooting less than 40%.

  • LSU entered the game with the nation’s best field-goal percentage.

  • UK shot 50% from the free-throw line (10 of 20), tying its lowest percentage of the season.

  • The Wildcats also shot 50% last game but attempted just eight free throws.

  • Kentucky and LSU tied the rebounding at 39 apiece. UK is 11-0 this season when winning the rebounding by at least 14 boards but 0-3 otherwise.

Jacob Toppin of Kentucky dunks against LSU Tuesday night. (SEC Media Photo)

Player Notes

  • Sparked by four 3-pointers in the second half, Kellan Grady finished with 13 points

  • It was his eighth game with three or more 3-pointers and the fourth time in the last five games.

  • He has made 24 of 43 treys over the last five games.

  • Davion Mintz reached the 1,000-point mark with a 3-pointer early in the second half. With a team-high 16 points Tuesday, he is up to 1,014 career points over 133 games at Creighton and Kentucky.

  • Jacob Toppin scored a season-high and team-high 14 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds, which are the most in his two seasons at UK.

  • Thirteen of his points were in the first half, when he went a perfect 6 for 6 from the floor.

  • Oscar Tshiebwe, the nation’s leading rebounder, added 13 more vs. LSU and has grabbed double-figure boards in all but two games.

  • He added eight points and two steals.

Coach Calipari

  • John Calipari is now 350-96 at UK.

  • Calipari now has a 795-236 all-time on-court record.

  • UK is now 64-40 under Calipari in games vs. Associated Top 25 competition.

  • When both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25, Calipari is 86-60, including a 55-32 mark at Kentucky.

  • Calipari is now 13-4 all-time vs. LSU.

  • Calipari has tallied a 368-117 all-time record within conference play as a head coach and owns a 160-51 record since joining the SEC.

  • Calipari-led teams at UK are 112-55 on the road.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Sahvir Wheeler, TyTy Washington Jr., Kellan Grady, Keion Brooks Jr. and Oscar Tshiebwe for the 13th time this season and the sixth game in a row. UK is now 10-3 with that starting lineup.

  • For the second straight game, Washington opened the contest with a 3-pointer on the first possession, the 11th time in the last 12 games he has hit a 3-pointer.

  • Jacob Toppin checked in at 6:58 mark as UK’s first sub.

  • The Tigers opened the game on an 8-3 run.

  • Wheeler was knocked out of the game after running into a screen at the 16:07 mark and did not return.

  • After a sluggish start and falling behind 15-9, Kentucky put the clamps down defensively and outscored LSU 9-1 over a four-minute span to take an 18-16 lead with 8:28 left in the half.

  • After a back-and-forth next couple of minutes, LSU went on a 7-0 run to take a 26-20 advantage with 5:01 left.

  • Toppin responded with a strong sequence. He grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in to start a 6-0 run, made a jumper and then got out in transition for a dunk to even it up at 26 apiece with 3:14 left in the half.

  • What turned into a game of runs for the second part of the first half resulted in another 7-0 LSU run to take a 35-28 lead.

  • Toppin’s personal run reached 10 straight points with an offensive rebound and jumper just before the buzzer.

  • The last Wildcat to score before halftime other than Toppin was Lance Ware at the 7:29 mark.

  • UK trailed 35-30 at halftime. The Wildcats are now 0-2 this season when trailing at the half.

  • Toppin enjoyed his best half as a Wildcat, surpassing his UK high of 12 points with 13 in the first half. He made all six shots, grabbed four rebounds and did all of that in just eight minutes.

  • The Wildcats got into early foul trouble. Tshiebwe went to the bench with two fouls at the 11:23 mark and did not return. Ware also picked up two, as did Dontaie Allen.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened the second half with Washington, Davion Mintz, Grady, Toppin and Ware.

  • UK came out on fire with nine straight points – all 3-pointers – to storm in front 39-35 in the first three minutes of the second half.

  • Mintz had two of the treys, the first of which put him over 1,000 career points.

  • Going back to Toppin’s jumper just before the buzzer to end the first half, it was an 11-0 run overall.

  • The overall run extended to 19-4 going back to the first half by the time Kentucky had increased its lead to 44-37.

  • Grady completely flipped around an 0-for-7 first half with four 3s in the first eight minutes of the second half. His fourth triple gave the Wildcats a 50-41 lead with 13:06 left but LSU stormed right back.

  • The Wildcats went 6:22 without a point to aid a 10-0 LSU run and put the Tigers in front 51-50 with 7:06 to play.

  • Tshiebwe ended the drought with a dunk.

  • LSU tacked on 10 more for a total run of 20-2, flipping UK’s nine-point lead to a nine-point deficit at 61-52, the largest lead of the game for each team.

  • The Wildcats scored eight straight – the last seven by Mintz (two free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup) – to narrow the gap to 61-60 with 27 seconds left.

  • On the ensuing possession, Tshiebwe came up with a steal but misfired on the pass and LSU iced the game with a pair of dunks in the closing seconds.

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