Patterson scored 20 points or more and posted over 10 rebounds for the
11th time during his UK career. The last Wildcat to score over 20 points
and have more than 10 boards in a game was Patterson when he tallied 28 points
and 12 boards at South Carolina on Feb. 25, 2009.
Two Kentucky players, Patterson and Bledsoe, scored 20 or more points for
the first time since Meeks (24) and Patterson (28) did it against LSU last
season at Rupp.
The score was never tied, and there were only two lead changes in the game.
Kentucky did not trail after the 15:35 point in the first half.
UK blocked eight shots in the game, the most since blocking 14 against
Georgia, March 4, 2009.
Individual Game Notes
Junior forward Patrick Patterson hit Kentucky's first three-pointer in
the game. It was also the Huntington, W.Va. native's first three-pointer
of his career.
Patterson hit his first five shots of the game and went into the locker
room at halftime 6-of-8 from the field with 14 points and six rebounds. It
is the 21st time in his career that he has scored double figures in the first
half. (Eight times as a freshman and 12 times last season as a sophomore.)
The last time that Patterson scored 14 points in a first half was March
7, 2009 at Florida.
Sophomore guard Darnell Dodson scored in double figures in the first half.
Dodson had 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-6 from three-point
Patrick Patterson totaled his 22nd career double-double with 20 points
and 12 rebounds. His 22 double-doubles is the most among active SEC players,
the next closes is LSU's Tasmin Mitchell who has 16.
Patterson's double-double is the first for Kentucky since Perry Stevenson
posted 13 points and 10 boards at Creighton last season.
Dating back to last year, Patterson has now scored 10 or more points in
11 consecutive games.
Eric Bledsoe became the first Wildcat player since Sam Bowie in 1979 to
score 20 or more points in their UK opener.
Bledsoe was 9-of-10 from the free throw line, becoming the first UK player
since Jodie Meeks hit nine from the charity stripe versus Georgia on March
Bledsoe's 24 points is the most points scored by a Wildcat since Patterson
scored 28 against LSU on Feb. 28, 2009.