LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball plays Illinois-Chicago at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.
Kentucky-UIC score, live updates, stats
FINAL: No. 8 Kentucky 107, UIC 73
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 27, 2017
Kentucky 101, UIC 63, 3:46 2H: This is getting silly now. Four Wildcats have passed or tied their career highs for scoring: 25 points for Kevin Knox, 19 for Hamidou Diallo, 17 for PJ Washington and 14 for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Kentucky is shooting 69 percent for the game. Washington is 6 of 7 from the field, 5 of 5 from the line and has 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a block to go with his scoring total. The full box score so far:
Kentucky 88, UIC 59, 7:56 2H: Mercy, Hamidou Diallo, Part II. He just threw down an even crazier dunk than in the first half — getting eye-level with the rim, cocking it way back and trying to rip the rim down. Some nasty finishes by the best athlete on the roster. He’s up to 8 of 11 shooting and 17 points, approaching his career high (18). Kevin Knox is already at a career-high 23.
Kentucky 83, UIC 57, 9:45 2H: Terrific night for PJ Washington, who needed one. After a putback 3-point play, he’s up to 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists. He’s yet to miss: 4 of 4 field goals, 5 of 5 free throws. Kevin Knox has 22 points and Diallo has still yet to miss a shot that wasn’t blocked — 7 of 10 overall for 15 points. Earlier, Nick Richards had a nice put-back dunk, then a finish through contact the next trip down. He has 9 points (4-5 FG), 3 rebounds, two blocks and assist so far. Three straight good-to-great outings for the freshman big man. Full box so far:
Kentucky 62, UIC 45, 15:36 2H: Diallo still hasn’t missed a shot that wasn’t blocked — 6 of 9 FG, 13 points — and Gilgeous-Alexander is playing his most complete game of the season so far: 5 of 7 FG, 12 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in 19 minutes. But the Flames are shooting 67 percent to start this half as UK’s defense remains suspect.
HALFTIME: No. 8 Kentucky 52, UIC 34
Knox with a strong finish to the half, showing off a little bit of everything to get up to 15 points, 2 rebounds, a block and a steal before intermission. And a pretty play when the 7-footer Richards fed a cutting Sacha Killeya-Jones for an easy bucket. Great half of offense for Kentucky but a mediocre half of defense. Here’s your full box score:
Washington gets it going: Nice start for PJ Washington, who has struggled more often than not to start his freshman season. Tonight, he’s up to 8 points — 2 of 2 from the field, 4 of 4 from the line — and just had a nice steal and shovel ahead to Knox for a slam. The Cats led by as many as 18 three times, although the Flames keep hanging around. Washington, Knox, Gilgeous-Alexander and Diallo all have at least 8 points. Stat-padding night in Lexington.
Kentucky 32, UIC 18, 7:56 1H: Here’s your updated box score. A mini-run for the visitors.
Kentucky 30, UIC 14, 10:10 1H: Mercy, Hamidou Diallo. After being blocked three times in the first half, Diallo decided to make extra sure on his last one: thundering down the lane and darn near jumping over the basket on his way to a tomahawk dunk. No one was blocking that — or even trying. Goodness.
Hamidou Diallo cleared for takeoff! pic.twitter.com/dFg07tYJoo
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 26, 2017
Kentucky 24, UIC 11, 11:55 1H: The terrific offensive start continues: 3-pointer by Shai Gilgeous Alexander, 3-point play by Hamidou Diallo and offensive rebound and bucket by Diallo ignited a 10-0 run. The Cats made 8 of 12 shots to open the game and Diallo has 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal already. The full box score so far:
Kentucky 12, UIC 7: Strong start for the Cats on offense: Quade Green with consecutive lobs — to Hamidou Diallo for a hanging layup and Nick Richards for a super slam — and a swished jumper by Kevin Knox, then a slashing layup by Green. The Cats are 5 of 7 from the field but do have a couple of sloppy turnovers and Diallo has remarkably gotten his shot blocked twice. He seemed surprised both times, as was I.
Starting Five: John Calipari is sticking with Green, Diallo, Knox, Washington and Richards. Five freshmen for the sixth straight game — and these five specifically for the last five games.
Progress Report: Jarred Vanderbilt has moved back and is almost getting airborne on these pregame shots now. pic.twitter.com/qXr7ake1Bu
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) November 26, 2017
Kentucky-UIC game time, details
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
Records: Kentucky 5-1, UIC 2-2
Vegas line: Kentucky by 20 1/2
What TV channel is Kentucky-UIC on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Illinois-Chicago is on the SEC Network. Here’s an easy way to find what channel that’s on with your cable package or satellite provider.
How can I watch Kentucky-UIC online?
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How can I listen to Kentucky-UIC on the radio?
Kentucky and Illinois-Chicago will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 108.
- Freshman 7-footer Nick Richards is coming off a monster game — his college coming out party — against Fort Wayne: 25 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks. He joins Terrence Jones and DeMarcus Cousins as the only UK players in the John Calipari era to go for 25 and 15 in a game. Apparently all he needed was a mental tune-up. In 38 minutes since talking to renowned sports psychologist Bob Rotella, Richards has produced 33 points and 23 boards.
- Calipari pointed out after the last game that Kentucky, which starts five freshmen, and whose nine available scholarship players include six freshmen and three sophomores, is the youngest team in the history of Ken Pomeroy’s experience ratings, which date back to 2006-07. Unlike most teams UK has faced this season, though, UIC does not have a huge advantage in experience. The Flames start four sophomores and a senior.
- UIC has won three games against current members of the SEC: Texas A&M (2001), Ole Miss (2005) and Vanderbilt (2008).
- Tai Odiase, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior, has 257 career blocked shots and is chasing down the UIC career record. He’s averaging 9.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game this season. He’s also the Flames’ biggest player, while the Wildcats have five available players at least as tall: 6-9 Wenyen Gabriel and Kevin Knox, 6-10 Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard and 7-footer Richards.