By Tony Acree The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Arizona State Sun Devils 115-69 at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I could talk about Malik Monk scoring 23 points with another ESPN Sports Center highlight pass for a reverse dunk by Wenyen Gabriel, but I won’t.
I could talk about Isaiah Briscoe returning from an injury after two games to score 20 points, picking up where he left off, but I won’t.
I could talk about six players in double figures, Bam Adebayo scoring 12 and grabbing 9 rebounds, Gabriel scoring 10 and Derek Willis, also returning from an injury, scoring 11, but I’m not going to talk about that either.
The Cats blew by the Sun Devils for their third 100-point game in a row, first since 1977, the team registered 33 assists, the most in the John Calipari coaching era and the 115 points is the most in the regular season for a Calipari led team, but even that is not the most impressive feat in what is one of the best all-around games in UK’s storied program.
Despite all those fantastic stats, the most impressive thing was De’Aaron Fox registering the first triple-double sine 1988 and only the second in UK history. Fox scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. He almost reached the historic feat by half-time. When you think of all the incredible players to suit up for the Wildcats, Fox now enters into Big Blue lore.
This was the game they were supposed to have a letdown: a freshman dominated team spending the holiday weekend in the Bahamas, playing in the sun and coming into the game flat and tired. Instead, the Wildcats made the Sun Devils look like Washington Generals playing the Harlem Globetrotters. And the result was just as predictable.