Kentucky Basketball pulls away for win that should have been much easier

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Oscar Tshiebwe (Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /

Oscar Tshiebwe keeps cleaning the glass while picking up fouls

For the second straight game, Tshiebwe found himself drawing whistle after whistle for basically reaching over people for rebounds while standing tall. Calipari argued and demonstrated that throughout the game to deaf ears from the referees.

That though sent Big O to the bench just like in the Ohio game where he was forced to watch. However just like he did against the Bobcats when he returned to the floor to start the second half he was back to claiming rebound after rebound.

He continues to shatter record after record with pulling down rebounds. He simply wants the ball and goes and gets it no matter it takes he won’t be denied.

But Kentucky will need him to stay on the court when they match up with big boys of the Southeastern Conference and Notre Dame, Louisville, and Ohio State next month.

For his Monday night efforts, it was scoring 12 points and collecting 14 rebounds to add to his running total.

That marked his fifth straight game in double-figure rebounding and is also the first player to grab 10 or more boards in five straight games since Julius Randle posted a 10-game streak in February and March of 2014.

Tshiebwe has helped Kentucky continue its rebounding dominance with a 48-24 advantage over Albany. The Wildcats have now outrebounded all five opponents and have a +20.2 average margin for the season.

Kentucky will remain at Rupp for the fifth straight game when it hosts North Florida at 7 p.m. on Friday night. The game will be televised by SEC Network.