By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky certainly didn’t show any signs of a letdown after its win over Michigan State as it pummeled Duquense 93-56 here Sunday night. It was UK’s 40th straight win at Rupp Arena under coach John Calipari.
The unbeaten Cats, who should be ranked No. 1 this week, dominated from the start even though Calipari ran players in and out of the game and had 10 players play 10 or more minutes.
Backup guard Mychal Mulder had a career-best 13 points and four points in 20 minutes. He was 3-for-8 from 3-point range. Malik Monk had 14 points in 19 minutes despite going 2-for-8 from 3-point range.
Freshman De’Aaron Fox had his typical stat-stuffing game with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes. He’s been in double digits four straight games but did miss a free throw after going 21-for-21 in UK’s first three games.
Isaiah Briscoe had 17 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds in 17 minutes despite sitting out most of the second half with a pulled muscle in his back. Bam Adebayo added 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
Duquense coach Jim Ferry said Calipari had his team playing hard combined with UK’s length and athleticism was “overwhelming” for his team.
“We couldn’t get by anybody and when we did, it was a block,” Ferry said. “These guys are just at another level. I watched the Michigan State game and they did the same thing to them. Just their length and their speed. They are relentless in how they guard and come at you.”
Ferry said the plan was to keep UK out of transition, but the Cats had 16 rebounds and were just too fast.
“We had clips where they were taking ball out of basket and scoring on other end in three seconds. The size of their guards and how they attack. They are unselfish. They had 19 assists. Seeing the way Briscoe has grown is really something.”
What did Ferry think of Calipari now being 121-4 in Rupp Arena?
“He lost four?” Ferry joked. “This is the best college environment I have ever been involved with. I don’t know if they are going to lose another one here this year.
“We got an ass-whooping. That’s what we got. We are not going to see anybody this talented.”