We are now over 7 years removed from likely the greatest single game performance in UK history, Jodie Meeks’ 54 point performance against Tennessee. But since UT is on the schedule this week it feels like a good time to put that incredible performance in perspective. In UK history, there have been 5 games of 50+ points, 2 by Dan Issel, and 1 each by Cliff Hagen, Bob Burrow, and Meeks. So when comparing those 5 games, what do you find out about Meeks game:
-Meeks scored 60% of UK’s points that day. Issel’s 2 games were 44% and 42%, Hagen at 59%, and Burrow at 46%.
-Despite scoring the most of the 5 games, Meeks actually took the fewest shots to get there, just 22 shots. Issel took 34 and 33 shots in his two 50-point games, Burrow took 26, and Hagen’s shots attempted were not listed. This was obviously in large part due to the 3-point shot.
-Not sure if this stat means much, but in Meeks’ game the halftime score was closest of any of the 5 games, just a 4-point UK lead. The next closest was an 8-point lead in Issel’s 51-point game. I think it could be argued that Meeks’ point were the most “clutch” of the group.
-Meeks’ game also was the only one that came following a loss to that same opponent in their previous meeting. Again, don’t know what it means or its significance, just pointing it out.
It’s a weird game in some ways because that team wasn’t very good and Gillispie was out the door just a couple months later. Meeks had been piling up points that season so to see him get that hot wasn’t necessarily a shock but for it to come against Tennessee and Bruce Pearl and almost stick it in the face of Billy Clyde will always make it a special moment in UK lore. Enjoy each and every point below: