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Ugonna Onyenso Breaks A Rupp Arena Block Record After A Historic Performance

You could tell from early on in the first half that tonight was going to be another special night for Ugonna Onyenso. Almost two weeks ago on January 31st when the Florida Gators came to town, Onyenso had what many would consider a "break out" game in which he finished with 13 points, 16 rebounds, and 8 blocks which was so close to a triple-double for the sophomore forward from Nigeria in just thirty three minutes played (season-high).


The seven-footer was only in the game for a total of twelve minutes in the first half tonight against Ole Miss, but in those twelve minutes Ugo managed to score four points and grabbed two rebounds, but the amazing statistic was the seven blocked shots on defense. He didn't stop there, because by the 12-minute mark in the second half Onyenso had recorded his tenth block of the game which set a Rupp Arena record for the most blocked shots in a single game as a Kentucky player. He also moved to second all-time by a Wildcat behind Nerlen Noel's 12 blocks on January 29, 2013 - also against an Ole Miss team, but on the road.


Ugonna Onyenso has arguably been one of the better defensive players on the team all season and he has been a crucial part of why Kentucky is in the top-five in blocked shots per game. Coming into the game tonight the Wildcats were ranked fourth with 141 total blocked shots which equates to around 6.1 blocks per game. Up until tonight, Ugo had 38 of those 141 blocked shots. Time to add to that after this performance.


Unfortunately, Ugo did get into a little bit of foul trouble mid-way through the second half and if it wasn't for that one could assume that he could have worked his way into a double-double and even potentially a triple-double. I am not trying to look too far ahead, but I am already drooling at the idea of a junior season for the big man.


Ugonna wasn't healthy for the majority of the season and if you remember it was due to him suffering an ankle injury this past summer, the day before the start of the GLOBL JAM tour in Canada while practicing in a scrimmage. I am anxious for a full healthy year from the talented big man to see if he can return for a junior season to increase his draft stock even more while helping lead a young and new Kentucky team.


Once again this is just speculation, but it doesn't hurt to think about it right?






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