Kentucky-High Point Game notes
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Note
G 4 Rajon Rondo 6-1 190 So. 13.8 11.0 Shooting 54% from 3pt range
G 22 Patrick Sparks 6-0 179 Sr. 10.4 *3.0 Shooting 57% from 3pt range
G 2 Ravi Moss 6-2 190 Sr. 7.6 3.4 Season-high 6 rebs vs. Liberty
F 13 Bobby Perry 6-6 219 Jr. 9.0 2.4 CH 22 pts, 3 3FGs vs. Liberty
F 42 Rekalin Sims 6-8 200 Jr. 11.0 6.4 Seven rebs in 4 of 5 games
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Note
F 30 Arizona Reid 6-5 205 So. 21.0 9.8 24 pts, 9 rebs vs. WCU
G 23 Akeem Scott 6-1 180 Sr. 14.3 3.5 19 pts, 6-of-9 FGs vs. WCU
F 10 Issa Konare 6-8 230 Sr. 11.5 4.3 Has started all four games
F 21 Justin Dunn 6-3 190 Fr. 9.3 2.3 Season-high 17 pts vs. SE
G 5 Mike Jefferson 5-10 190 So. 5.0 *3.8 Western Michigan transfer
SCOUTING HIGH POINT
High Point has won three consecutive games
after dropping its season opener to Holy Cross,
73-85, on Nov. 18. The Panthers (3-1) defeated
Western Carolina, 73-66, at home Saturday.
Arizona AZ Reid is averaging 21.0 points and
9.8 rebounds for the Panthers.
Coach Bart Lundy is in his third season at High
Point and holds a 35-30 record.
This is the third meeting in the all-time series.
Kentucky is 2-0 against the Panthers.
The teams first met on Dec. 27, 2000 - an 88-
74 UK win. The most recent meeting was on
Dec. 3, 2002 - UKs home opener and an 84-64
win for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats are 6-0 all-time against teams
from the Big South, including an 81-51 win over
Liberty last Friday. UK also owns perfect records
vs. Big South schools UNC Asheville (2-0) and
KENTUCKY-HIGH POINT CONNECTIONS
Tubby Smith is a 1973 graduate of High Point
where he excelled as an all-conference performer
for the then-NAIA school. Smith became a
Panther after his scholarship offer from Maryland
was withdrawn. He signed with Coach Bob
Vaughn for whom he played his freshman season.
JD Barnett then took over for the next two seasons
before Jerry Steele, who retired following the
2002-03 season, accepted the job and coached the
Smith earned four letters in basketball at the
school before graduating with a bachelor's in
health and physical education. He also left High
Point with Donna Walls, the homecoming queen,
who later became Mrs. Donna Smith.
Panther freshman Joel Flowers and UK junior
Bobby Perry are both graduates of Hillside High
School in Durham, N.C.
HPU senior starter Issa Konare is a native of
Dekar, Senegal - home of former Wildcat Jules
Camara. Konare spent his first season playing at
Kentucky plays a pair of teams from the Tar
Heel State this week - High Point on Tuesday and
North Carolina on Saturday.
UK is 39-26 all-time against teams from the
state of North Carolina, including a 10-17 record
against the Tar Heels and a 2-0 record vs. High
Junior forward Bobby Perry had a career game
against Liberty, dropping in 22 points and making
Perry surpassed his previous best of 12 points
just 12 minutes into the game. He had 14 firsthalf
The Durham, N.C., native had just set his previous
career high with 12 points against Iowa on
CATS CONNECTING FROM DOWNTOWN
Kentucky is shooting a blistering .429 (48-of-
112) from three-point range. Setting the pace for
Big Blue are starting guards Patrick Sparks (13-of-
23, .565), Rajon Rondo (7-of-13, .538) and Ravi
Moss (7-of-15, .467).
The school record for best team three-point percentage
is .397, set by the 1995-96 national
Tubby Smith has started three different starting
lineups in UKs five games this season.
In the two previous seasons (2003-04 and
2004-05), Smith used just three different starting
lineups total (excluding senior day lineups).
TRIO OF KENTUCKIANS IN LINEUP
Tubby Smith has started three Kentucky natives
in the last two games, the first time in nine seasons
a trio of Kentuckians have started for UK.
Ravi Moss (Hopkinsville), Patrick Sparks (Central
City) and Rajon Rondo (Louisville) were the first
trio of Kentucky natives to start together for the
Cats since Scott Padgett (Louisville), Anthony
Epps (Lebanon) and Derek Anderson (Louisville)
did so against Mississippi State on Jan. 7, 1997.
Patrick Sparks caught fire in UKs 80-66 win
over West Virginia on Nov. 22. The senior canned
seven three-pointers (tying his career-high for
threes made) en route to a 25-point performance.
Overall, he was 8-of-13 from the field and added
six assists in the victory.
He earned all-tournament team honors for the
Kansas City games in the Guardians Classic.
All-America candidate Rajon Rondo currently
leads UK in scoring (13.8 ppg), rebounding (11.0
Games vs. ranked opponents: 1-1 0-0
Games following a loss: 1-0 0-0
Games following a win: 2-1 0-0
More points in paint than opp.: 3-0 0-0
Fewer points in paint than opp.: 1-1 0-0
More bench points than opponent: 4-1 0-0
Fewer bench points than opponent: 0-0 0-0
Same bench points as opponent: 0-0 0-0
More 2nd-chance points than opp.: 3-0 0-0
Fewer 2nd-chance points than opp.: 1-1 0-0
Same 2nd-chance points as opp: 0-0 0-0
ppg), assists (5.8 apg) and steals (2.6 spg).
Rondo grabbed 19 rebounds against Iowa, the
most by a Wildcat in 12 seasons and the most ever
by a UK guard. He followed with his second
career double-double against West Virginia (15
Rondo has led UK in rebounding in all five
games, and has reached double figures three
Setting new highs has become commonplace
this season for the Louisville sophomore. He
recorded his first career double-double (17 points
and 12 rebounds to go with six assists and six
steals) in the season opener against South Dakota
State, and followed that with a career-high 19
points in the win over Lipscomb.
MOST REBOUNDS BY A KENTUCKY GUARD
1. Rajon Rondo vs. Iowa (11/21/2005) 19
2. Louie Dampier vs. Georgia (1/25/1965) 16
3. Mike Casey vs. LSU (1/25/1969) 15
Louie Dampier vs. LSU (2/4/1967) 15
Frank Ramsey vs. Louisville (3/20/1951) 15
6. Dwight Anderson vs. Miss. St. (2/12/1979) 14
Mike Casey vs. Michigan (12/2/1967) 14
8. Derrick Hord vs. Kansas (12/12/1981) 13
Mike Casey vs. Vanderbilt (3/1/1969) 13
Mike Casey vs. Miami, Ohio (12/2/1968) 13
Mike Casey vs. Xavier (11/30/1968) 13
Mike Casey vs. Miss. St. (2/10/1968) 13
RONDO ON WATCH LISTS
Kentucky guard Rajon Rondo has been named
one of the top 50 candidates for both the 2005-
06 Wooden Award All-America team, the 2006
John Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.
The Wooden list, which was voted on by a
national panel, includes returning players only. In
January, the Midseason Top 30 will be
In January, the Naismith Trophy Board of
Selectors will narrow its pre-season list to the Top
30 players in the nation.
CATS IN THE RANKINGS
Kentucky is ranked seventh in both the latest
Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches
The Cats were ranked seventh in the final
Associated Press poll and fifth in the final USA
Today/ESPN Coaches poll last season.
The Cats were ranked in the top 10 in both
polls for 14-consecutive weeks last season, including
a top ranking of third in both polls twice in
Kentucky has appeared in 83-consecutive AP
polls, the second-longest current streak in the
nation. The last time UK was not ranked by the
AP was Feb. 6, 2001.
The Wildcats have been ranked in the AP top
10 for 38-straight polls, the longest current streak
in the nation.
Kentucky has the nations third-longest active
streak of consecutive games with a made threepointer.
The Wildcats have hit a three-pointer in
580 consecutive games, which trails UNLV and
The Wildcats' last game without a three-pointer
came 15 seasons ago against Seton Hall on
Nov. 26, 1988, a three-point loss in the Great
UNLV and Vanderbilt have hit a three-pointer
in every game since the three-point rule was
adopted to start the 1986-87 season. The Runnin
Rebels have a string of 603 games, while VUs
streak is at 602.