A few Kentucky basketball notes ahead of the Wildcats’ Southeastern Conference opening game Wednesday against Missouri:
▪ Britain’s center Oscar Tshiebwe leads the nation in rebounds at 15.5 per game. Utah Valley’s Fardaws Aimaq is second at 13.7 per game. Illinois center Kofi Cockburn is third at 12.1 per game.
▪ Aimaq leads the nation in doubles-doubles with 10. Tshiebwe is second with nine. Aimaq played one more game (12) than Tshiebwe (11).
▪ Kentucky leads the nation on the rebound margin at plus-17. Purdue is second with plus-15.
▪ Kentucky has passed 10 of its 11 opponents. Notre Dame were the only team to beat the UK on the boards, 33-28 at South Bend.
▪ The UK leads the nation in offensive rebound percentage at 45.4. Illinois is second at 41.5. TCU is third with 41.4.
▪ Tshiebwe ranks seventh nationally for field goal percentage at 64.91. He made 74 of his 114 shots from the ground.
▪ After blocking seven shots in Western Kentucky’s 95-60 loss to Kentucky at Rupp Arena on December 22, WKU 7-foot-5 center Jamarion Sharp leads the nation in blocked shots at 5.0 per game. Marshall’s Obinna Anochili-Killen is second at 4.69 per game.
▪ British goalkeeper Sahvir Wheeler is second in the country in assists per game at 7.7. Yuri Collins of Saint Louis leads the nation at 7.9. In his last two games, Wheeler had 16 assists and six turnovers.
▪ In 11 games, Wheeler has 85 assists. In 11 games last season, Devin Askew had 34 assists; Davion Mintz had 30.
▪ Wheeler’s 26 points and eight assists against North Carolina was the best combined total (26 points or more and eight or more assists) by a British keeper since Tyler Ulis scored 27 points and 12 assists in Carolina South on February 13. , 2016. Ulis had 26 points and eight assists in Kansas on January 30, 2016.
▪ Kellan Grady has made 11 of 16 three-pointers in his last two games, wins over North Carolina on December 18 and western Kentucky on December 22. He was 5 of 7 against UNC and 6 of 9 against Western. Davidson’s transfer scored double-digit times in his first nine games as the Wildcat. He scored 18 against North Carolina and 23 against WKU.
▪ Freshman TyTy Washington scored 20 points against Western Kentucky, tying his career-high 20 points against Ohio and Albany. Washington was 9 of 13 from the floor against the Hilltoppers. He has hit double digits in eight of the UK’s 11 games.
▪ In its last four games, Washington has collected 20 assists against seven turnovers.
▪ Kentucky is 16th nationally in assists per game at 17.6. Cornell leads the nation with 21.6 assists per game.
▪ Kentucky is 27th nationally in aid-to-revenue ratio at 1.46. Northwestern leads the nation at 2.20.
▪ Jacob Toppin played 24 minutes, a season high, and scored 12 points, a season high, in the win over Western Kentucky. Toppin’s career high as a Wildcat is 16 against Vanderbilt on February 17, 2021. His career high in minutes as a Wildcat is 30 at Ole Miss on March 2, 2021.
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▪ Toppin had a career-high six assists against the Hilltoppers. His previous record was three in the UK’s previous game against North Carolina. His record for assists last season was two – against LSU on January 23 and Vanderbilt on February 17.
▪ Davion Mintz is just 2 of 12 with three points from Britain’s last three games. That includes his 0-to-5 effort in the loss to Notre Dame on January 11. Mintz has had five assists, against two turnovers, in his last two games.
▪ A foul limited Keion Brooks to 13 minutes, the season low, against Western Kentucky. The junior forward scored five points, had two assists and rebounded.
▪ Lance Ware played a season-high 14 minutes in the win over North Carolina but missed the Western Kentucky game with injury. The sophomore center has only played six of the Wildcats’ 11 games so far.
▪ Bryce Hopkins has played 21 minutes in UK’s last three games. He scored five points against North Carolina and two against Western Kentucky.
▪ Freshman Daimion Collins has played 14 minutes in Britain’s last three games. He blocked four shots in those 14 minutes.
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▪ Dontaie Allen only played three minutes in December. All three came against Southern on December 7th. He turned down a chance to enter the match with the spectators at the end of the UK’s 98-69 victory over North Carolina in Las Vegas on December 18. 22.
▪ Kentucky shot 55.9 percent from the ground in the win over Western Kentucky. It was just behind the 57.1% against Robert Morris on November 13.
▪ Kentucky is 15th nationally in field goal percentage at 49.45. Colorado State leads the nation with 52.97.
▪ Kentucky is 13th nationally in offensive scorers with 83.3 points per game. Arizona leads the nation at 89.5.
▪ After being 2 for 19 on three points in the loss at Notre Dame, the United Kingdom is 17 of 35 to three in its last two games. The Cats were 8 of 15 in Las Vegas against North Carolina and 9 of 20 in Rupp against Western Kentucky.
▪ Overall, the UK is shooting 33.3% at three points. This ranks 170th nationally.
▪ The UK is shooting 55.8% at two points, ranking it 25th nationally.
▪ Kentucky’s best three games in points per possession: 1.395 vs. Robert Morris; 1,360 against North Carolina; 1,281 vs. Western Kentucky.
▪ Kentucky is currently 11th in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency standings. The UK are 29th in Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings.
▪ The UK is 11th in the overall Pomeroy efficiency ranking. The Cats are 23rd in the NET standings and 17th in Jeff Sagarin’s IT standings. Kentucky is eighth in ESPN’s BPI rankings.
This story was originally published December 27, 2021 11:21 a.m.