Kentucky-Arizona State postgame notes, numbers

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Arizona State vs. Kentucky, Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Nov. 28, 2016

Final Score: No. 1/1 Kentucky 115, Arizona State 69                                                   

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improved to 7-0. Arizona State is 4-3
  • Kentucky leads the all-time series 5-0 and is now 3-0 in neutral site games.
  • Kentucky is 2-0 in neutral site games this season
  • Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena to face another Pac-12 opponent, UCLA, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS


In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel, and Bam Adebayo for the second time this season and first time since the Duquesne game. Kentucky is 2-0 with that lineup.
  • Briscoe made a 3-pointer at the 14:26 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak to 982 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.
  • Ahead 6-5 at the 17:49 mark, Kentucky went on an 18-5 run over the next 5:20 to stretch its lead to 26-10
  • Kentucky led by as much as 28 at the 1:31 mark in the first half
  • UK scored its most points in the first half of a game (58) since Dec. 22, 2008, vs. Tennessee State (59). The 58 points were the most first-half points in the Calipari era
  • This was the fourth straight game that UK scored at least 50 points in the first half


In the Second Half

  • Kentucky eclipsed the century mark on a Monk 3-pointer with 4:44 to play to make it 101-62
  • Kentucky built its largest lead at 48 points, with 22 seconds to play


Team Notes

  • This is the fifth time in eight seasons under Coach John Calipari that the Wildcats have opened with six straight wins
  • Kentucky has won all seven games this season by at least 21 points, the first time that has happened since the 1947-48 Wildcats initiated the campaign with six wins of at least a 24-point margin victory
  • Six Wildcats scored in double figures for the second game in a row
  • Kentucky’s 115 points is the most in the Calipari era and the most for the Wildcats since Dec. 30, 2002, when UK defeated Tennessee State 115-87
  • Kentucky has bettered the record for most points in the Calipari era in back-to-back outings. UK’s 111 points vs. UT Martin was the most, before UK topped it tonight
  • Kentucky scored 100 or more points in three straight games for the first time since Dec. 16, 17 and 23, 1977
  • UK’s 33 assists were the most in the Calipari era, eclipsing the 30 vs. Hartford on Jan. 29, 2009
  • The school record for team assists in a game is 35 vs. San Joes State on March 14, 1996
  • UK shot 52 percent from the field today, the fifth time this season the Wildcats have made at least half of their shots
  • Kentucky is 69-6 under Calipari as the Associated Press’ No. 1 team. Calipari is 110-11 all-time when his team has been ranked in the top spot
  • Coach John Calipari has a 669-187 (.782) on-court record, including a 225-47 (.827) mark at UK


Player Notes  

  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox posted the second triple-double in Kentucky history
  • Fox posted 14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
  • The 11 rebounds were a career high
  • The other triple-double in school history came from freshman Chris Mills, who posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Austin Peay on Dec. 27, 1988
  • Freshman Malik Monk had 23 points and has reached double figures in all seven games this season. He’s scored more than 20 in three straight and four games total this year
  • He made three 3-pointers and has made at least two 3’s in every game except the

opener when he made one

  • Freshman Bam Adebayo finished a rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds
  • He had a game-high three blocks, tying his career high
  • Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe also topped 20 points scoring with 20. He also contributed four rebounds and a career-high-tying seven assists
  • Briscoe has scored 20 or more points in three of five games played this season
  • He was 2 of 2 from 3-point range, the first time in his career he’s hit multiple 3-pointers
  • Briscoe also contributed three steals, a game-high mark.
  • Freshman Wenyen Gabriel scored in double figures for the third consecutive game with 10 points. He also added seven rebounds
  • Gabriel has hauled in six or more rebounds in five straight outings
  • He also dished out four assists. Gabriel has notched four or more assists in two of his last three games played
  • Senior Derek Willis posted 11 points and six rebounds. It marked the first game he topped double digits since a 15-point performance in the season opener
  • His six rebounds were the most this season
  • He has blocked at least one shot in every game this year
  • Senior Mychal Mulder knocked down two more 3-pointers. He’s drained multiple 3-pointers in four consecutive games
  • Freshman Brad Calipari hit his first-career 3-pointer and also added a rebound and an assist

1 comment

  1. Last night, after the game, Calipari said. “It’s hard for me to remember year to year. I know in 2010 we were really fast. In 2012, we were fast. You had to run. But that was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller. I mean we flew up down that court. Marquis Teague.”

    Let me help Coach Calipari remember. In 2010, his team averaged 71.4 possessions per game and 14.4 offensive rebounds per game. Both of those are high marks for the Calipari Era, until this year. This team is averaging 77.7 possessions per game and 15.1 offensive rebounds per game. Since 2012 and 2015 teams have been mentioned also as bench mark teams, in 2012 the pace and offensive rebounds were 67.1 possessions and 12.2 offensive rebounds while 2015 were 65.1 and 12.6.

    There is no question in my mind that this team is the fastest team at UK since the end of the Pitino Era. No Tubby Smith team, Gillispie team, or Calipari Team heretofore comes close the the 77.7 possessions per game posted through 7 games. Remember this team also played an exhibition game with 110 possessions this season, a game that the “experts” poo-pood as a meaningless exercise in track practice.

    The measure I find most meaningful is Adjusted Net Efficiency, ANE. In 2010, it was 0.259 points per possession. 2012, 0.320 ppp; 2015 0.363 ppp, and so far this year, 0.360. What goes into this number? offensive and defensive shooting percentages, offensive and defensive turnover rates, and offensive rebounding rates for the Cats and their opponents.

    The question for me revolves around whether this team can sustain these lofty performance measures over the course of a full season, which requires them to continually improve because the collective field of opponents will continually improve over the course of the season.

    If it does, this will clearly be a team that will compete in the Final Four for another championship. Remember, the principle distinction between 2010, 2012 and 2015 is that 2012 finished the job in April and 2010 and 2015 did not.

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