Wednesday night was a big night for the Kentucky Wildcats. Not only did Kentucky emerge victorious over Western Kentucky by 35 points, but junior forward Oscar Tshiebwe shattered an insane record that was set by former LSU Tigers star and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal 21 years earlier.
Oscar Tshiebwe: 28 rebounds
Western Kentucky: 27 rebounds@Oscartshiebwe34 is the only SEC player over the last 25 seasons to outrebound an entire opposing team 😳 pic.twitter.com/fIlpSLt9fZ
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 23, 2021
That is absolutely insane. Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe finished the game with a wild- and Shaquille O'Neal-esque line of 14 points and 28 rebounds, adding in three steals and a blocked shot in the dominating victory.
Tshiebwe channeled his inner Shaq at Rupp Arena on Wednesday night, outrebounding the entire Western Kentucky team. He became the only SEC player in the last 25 years to accomplish such a feat. He broke Shaq's record with his 22nd rebound midway through the second half, breaking his own previous-high mark of 20 boards at Rupp Arena.
The last? LSU's Shaquille O'Neal. And he did it against Kentucky. Wildcats fans, no doubt thrilled with the win, were also probably happy to not be on the receiving end of a player's dominance on the boards.
Dominating the glass is nothing new for Oscar Tshiebwe, who leads the nation with 15.5 rebounds per game. The junior has taken his game to the next level this season, as he's averaged college career-bests in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals per game.
Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe is on the right track if he's already breaking records set by Shaquille O'Neal.