KENTUCKY, HIGH POINT GAME NOTES

KENTUCKY, HIGH POINT GAME NOTES.

Kentucky-High Point Game notes

KENTUCKY

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

HIGH POINT

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.

SERIES HISTORY

• 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 - UK’s 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

Winthrop (1-0).

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was withdrawn.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

senior Smith.

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

South Carolina.

CAROLINA CONTESTS

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

Point.

PERRY’S POINTS

Junior forward Bobby Perry had a career game

against Liberty, dropping in 22 points and making

three three-pointers.

Perry surpassed his previous best of 12 points

just 12 minutes into the game. He had 14 firsthalf

points.

The Durham, N.C., native had just set his previous

career high with 12 points against Iowa on

Nov. 21.

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

championship squad.

SWITCHING STARTERS

Tubby Smith has started three different starting

lineups in UK’s 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.

SEEING SPARKS

Patrick Sparks caught fire in UK’s 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 Guardian’s Classic.

ROCKIN’ RONDO

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

points/10 rebounds).

Rondo has led UK in rebounding in all five

games, and has reached double figures three

times.

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

Player Reb.

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

announced.

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’

polls.

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

February.

POLL CATS

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.

THREE MANIA

Kentucky has the nation’s 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

Vanderbilt.

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

Alaska Shootout.

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 VU’s

streak is at 602.


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