Antonio Reeves scored 27 factors and No. 8 Kentucky beat Mississippi State 90-77 on Wednesday night time for coach John Calipari’s four-hundredth victory with the Wildcats.
Kentucky (13-3, 3-1 SEC) shot 62% within the second half and 56% total to offer the milestone victory for the Corridor of Famer, who grew to become the third quickest energetic coach to realize that with a program, in 516 contests. Invoice Self reached 400 wins in 484 video games with Kansas, and Mark Few hit 400 in 499 outings at Gonzaga.
Calipari downplayed the achievement and stated he wasn’t listening to numbers however famous, “You keep lengthy sufficient and you’ve got sufficient actually good gamers, numerous these issues occur.”
Calipari is the second coach to win 400 video games with the Wildcats, following Adolph Rupp, who received 876. He is the fourth coach to win 400 video games at an SEC faculty, the others being Rupp, Billy Donovan (467 at Florida) and Dale Brown (448 at LSU).
Mississippi State is 1-18 towards Kentucky since Calipari grew to become the Wildcats coach. Wednesday marked the Bulldogs’ ninth straight loss at Rupp Enviornment.
Rob Dillingham added 16 factors for the Wildcats, who made 23 of 31 2-point makes an attempt.
Tolu Smith had 26 factors for the Bulldogs (12-5, 1-3). They dropped their third of 4 SEC video games, failing to regroup from a house loss to Alabama. Mississippi State shot 35% within the first half and 53% within the second.
In the meantime the SEC’s prime scoring offense, ranked second nationally, maintained its per-game common towards a protection that entered the sport permitting slightly below 65 factors per outing to rank second within the league.
Kentucky’s correct capturing helped it construct a 47-29 halftime lead and forge a cushion after the Bulldogs rallied to 49-43 simply after the break. Kentucky outscored Mississippi State 12-3 over a 2:51 span for a double-digit lead and stayed forward to rebound from a 97-92 extra time loss at Texas A&M on Saturday.
Reeves was 8-of-12 from the sphere with a pair of 3-pointers and made 9 free throws with no miss. He scored 16 factors within the first half to jump-start the Wildcats, with Dillingham including 10 by halftime. Tre Mitchell added 15 factors and Aaron Bradshaw 11 for Kentucky.
“We’re simply headed in the proper path, to be trustworthy, positively transferring ahead,” Reeves stated after matching his second highest scoring effort this season. “We really feel extra comfy about ourselves going on the market and simply scoring.”
Every group grabbed 33 rebounds, although Kentucky had a 26-19 edge on the defensive glass.
Simply when the Wildcats appeared to quell considerations about their protection, they allowed the Bulldogs again within the recreation with sloppy play on each ends. However they regrouped from that lull and weren’t actually threatened regardless of being outscored 44-38 within the paint. And their protection was fairly efficient within the first half, scoring 10 factors off eight turnovers and throwing off the Bulldogs.
“We practiced for 2 days on protection and tried to get higher as a result of everyone knows we’re a extremely good offensive group,” stated Bradshaw, who had six rebounds and two blocks. “However we now have been form of slacking on protection, so we knew we needed to choose [it] up.”
Kentucky subsequent hosts Georgia on Saturday night time.
ESPN Stats & Info and The Related Press contributed to this report.