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Stan Becton | | December 19, 2022

Previewing Kentucky basketball's Unity Series game against HBCU Florida A&M

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No. 19 Kentucky men's basketball hosts HBCU program Florida A&M as the Wildcats continue with the annual Unity Series on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Here's what you need to know about the matchup.

What is the Unity Series?

The Unity Series is a five-year men's basketball partnership between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Since 2021, Kentucky hosts an annual game against a SWAC school. The games between Kentucky and SWAC programs "seek to raise awareness of the missions of the HBCUs and to raise funds to provide opportunities for students at their institutions."

What does the Unity Series look like off the court?

The Unity Series provides educational opportunities for players off the court. In 2021, teams visited the National Underground Railroad Freedom Museum in Cincinnati, learned about NIL resources and more.

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Who are some players to watch?


  • C Oscar Tshiebwe
  • G Sahvir Wheeler
  • G Cason Wallace
  • G Antonio Reeves

Florida A&M

  • G Jordan Tillmon
  • F Jaylen Bates
  • G Jordan Chatman
  • G Byron Smith

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How the schools match up

Kentucky is ranked No. 19 in the latest AP Poll. Florida A&M is unranked. Here's how the programs stack up based on this season's results through Dec. 19.

Kentucky 2022 Stats Florida A&M
7-3 Record 2-7
No. 19 AP Ranking NR
77.8 Points per game 54.9
64.0 Points allowed per game 73.4
41.4 Rebounds per game 34.2
34.6 Rebounds allowed per game 40.1
18.0 Assists per game 8.3
12.6 Turnovers per game 17.9
8.1 Steals per game 7.8
5.5 Blocks per game 3.4
45.4% Team field goal percentage 35.4%
38.1% Team three-point percentage 26.8%
C Oscar Tshiebwe
15.1 ppg
Leading scorer G Jordan Tillmon
10.0 ppg
C Oscar Tshiebwe
13.6 rpg
Leading rebounder F Jaylen Bates
7.1 rpg
G Sahvir Wheeler
6.4 apg
Leading passer G Byron Smith
2.0 apg
Antonio Reeves
45.3% shooting
Leading three-point shooter G Hantz Louis-Jeune
46.7% shooting

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Unity Series Legends

Beginning in 2022, Kentucky and the SWAC annually honor Unity Series Legends. Each Unity Series Legend has a "history as a trailblazer in diversity, equity and inclusion."

See the Unity Series legends below:

Unity Series Legend School Date Inducted
Reggie Warford Kentucky 2022
Clemon Johnson Florida A&M 2022

Unity Series history

Check out the results from the previous games in the Unity Series between Kentucky and the SWAC below:

Date Winner Loser Score
Dec. 7, 2021 Kentucky Southern 76-64

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