UK Advances to Championship

Nov. 29, 2008

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In a game of runs, the Wildcats found back from a nine point first-half deficit and withstood a furious Kansas State charge to claim a 74-72 win over KSU to advance to the Las Vegas Invitational Championship game.

Jodie Meeks had another offensive explosion, going for a game high 37 points while pulling down six rebounds and registering two assists.

Patrick Patterson recorded his second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was his third double-double of the season and the ninth of his career.

The Wildcats shot a season high 69 percent from the field, including 63 percent from three-point range, while holding Kansas State to 36 percent.

Cat Scratches

  • Kentucky is in its 106th season of basketball.
  • Kentucky is the all-time NCAA leader in wins with 1,969.
  • Jodie Meeks’ is averaging 26.8 ppg through the first five games of the season, the best five-game start by a Wildcat since Jamal Mashburn averaged 25.2 through the first four of the 1992-93 season.
  • Meeks leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks 10th nationally in scoring (24.3 ppg) while Patrick Patterson leads the league and ranks 20th nationally in field goal percentage (.675).
  • The Wildcats won the battle in the paint for the fourth time in five games, outscoring Kansas State 28-24 in the paint.
  • Kentucky has outrebounded four of their five opponents this season.
  • Kentucky ranks second in the league in assists with 83 and second in the SEC in blocked shots (38).
  • UK has held its last three opponents to 36 percent or less from the field.
  • Once again, every UK basketball game will be televised live, including both of UK’s exhibition games.