The Kentucky Wildcats have one of the most exciting young rosters in the NCAA.
They have big men that can run the floor and sharpshooters that can drain from deep. Mixed in there as well as a slew of athletic, playmaking guards that have consistently got the job done this season, and this team is fun to watch.
Against the Louisville Cardinals, just days after the Cats took down a then top-10 North Carolina Tar Heels team, Kentucky exploded with 95 points, a record for a Cardinals opponent at the KFC Yum! Center.
In addition, Antonio Reeves, who scored 22 points in the opening 20 minutes, finished with 30 points, the most points a Kentucky player has ever had vs. Louisville under John Calipari.
Also, that was the most first-half points ever by a UK play against the Cards.
Antonio Reeves' 30 points are the most by a Kentucky player vs. Louisville in the Calipari Era and most by a Wildcat against the Cardinals since Tony Delk scored 30 in an 89-66 win in 1995.— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) December 22, 2023
And breaks it on a driving scoop shot by DJ Wagner. Kentucky's 95 points with 52 seconds to go are the most ever scored by a Louisville opponent at KFC Yum! Center. Welp. https://t.co/c8u5rcPB5M— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) December 22, 2023
It wasn’t just one player, though.
For most of the season, it has been an array of talented prospects light up the scoreboard. Against Louisville, Reeves led the way with 30, and he was followed up by Tre Mitchell, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Five Wildcats went into double figures, with Reed Sheppard having one of the most impressive nights, ending with 11 points and 11 assists. Justin Edwards had 13, and Rob Dillingham ended with 12.
Speaking of Sheppard, he actually broke the assists record for a UK player against UofL.
Yes it appears Reed Sheppard set the all-time assist record by a UK player versus Louisville. Previous record was nine, tied between Dicky Beal, Richie Farmer and Sahvir Wheeler. https://t.co/5oii1Jrij6 pic.twitter.com/UnhHkZ40RS— bigbluehistory (@bigbluehistory) December 22, 2023
It was an impressive all-around performance from the Cats, who got a combined four points from Aaron Bradshaw and DJ Wagner. When everything clicks for this team, they will be one of the best in the country, if not the best.