Tag: Malik Monk

Tar Heels on Bam Adebayo, Isaac Humphries, Malik Monk

Bam Adebayo (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Here is what North Carolina players had to say after Sunday’s 75-73 win over Kentucky in Memphis.

Fox was “phenomenal” in 39-point performance in win over UCLA

De’Aaron Fox (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Only three Kentucky players — Dan Issel, Jack Givens and Tayshaun Prince — have scored 40 points or more in a NCAA Tournament game. Freshman De’Aaron Fox almost made it four Friday night.

Fox had 39 points to help Kentucky beat UCLA in the South Region semifinals and advance to Sunday afternoon’s regional final against North Carolina for a berth in the Final Four.

Monk, Fox Add NABC All-District to Growing List of Honors

Malik Monk (Jeff Houchin Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kentucky’s leading scorers, Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, added to their growing list of postseason accolades with selection to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 21 First Team. UK’s duo was joined on the five-man first team by South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell and Georgia’s Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier.

Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I, the student-athletes represent the finest basketball players in America. The players are selected from schools that make up the Southeastern Conference.

UK-Wichita State postgame notes, numbers

Derek Willis had eight rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. Wichita State – NCAA Tournament Second Round

March 19, 2017, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,293

Final Score: No. 2-seed Kentucky 65, No. 10-seed Wichita State 62                                                       

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won 13 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and improved to 31-5 overall.

o   Kentucky reached 31 wins for the fourth time in the John Calipari era.

Malik Monk’s 30-point second half lifts UK to victory

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)


I’ve seen some incredible scorers during my 42 years covering University of Kentucky basketball. But never have I seen one like Malik Monk.

The freshman guard exploded the second half Saturday in Rupp Arena with perhaps the best offensive half I have ever seen a UK player have.

He was 1-for-5 from the field in first half against Florida with five turnovers. In the 22-point loss at Florida he was 4-for-14. But in the second half he was dynamite. He had 19 points in the first 8:42 of the half and 24 points in the first 14:30.

Monk committed to board work and pulled off season-high eight rebounds

Malik Monk had 20 points Tuesday, but his eight rebounds were even better. (Vicky Graff Photo)


For a player as athletic as Malik Monk, it would almost seem like rebounding should be easy. After all, he has a better vertical jump than probably 90 percent of the players in college basketball.

Yet going into Tuesday’s game against Tennessee, he had one rebound in the last three games and just six in the last four games.

But against the Vols, he pulled off a season-high eight rebounds.

Will Malik Monk rebound or not?

Malik Monk can get off shots and score, but will he ever rebound? (Vicky Graff Photo)


In 24 games this season, Kentucky guard Malik Monk has 55 total rebounds. In the last two games against Florida and LSU, he’s played 70 minutes without getting a rebound.

Kentucky has played nine Southeastern Conference games. In four of them, he had just one rebound. So counting the last two games, he’s had six SEC games with a combined four rebounds.

His best rebounding games were in game three against Michigan State and the first SEC game against Mississippi. He had six rebounds in each game.

Malik Monk one of Vitale’s Midseason Super Six

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)


Since he was doing a midseason college basketball teleconference with media members, ESPN analyst Dick Vitale thought Wednesday would be a perfect time to unveil his Midseason Super Six — six players he thinks have been “great” for their teams this season.

“May not be the best player per se, but these six guys have really stood out to me,” said Vitale.

He has Kentucky freshman Malik Monk on the Super Six.

Cats understand what Diallo can do to help this year

Hamidou Diallo


De’Aaron Fox is not sure how any high school player could join an elite college basketball program at midseason and be able to make an immediate impact.
“It would have been extremely difficult for me. I didn’t really struggle at the beginning, but I think in the middle of the season when everybody is starting to try to hit their peaks and you’re just coming in – you’re at the bottom of the barrel, you don’t really know what’s going on – I think it’s extremely difficult coming in midseason like that,” said the Kentucky freshman point guard.

Calipari on Monk: “When he gets too hyped he’s not at his best”

Malik Monk. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

John Calipiari had a lot to say about Arkansas native Malik Monk Friday as the Cats get set to host Arkansas Saturday night. Here’s what he said:

On freshman guard Malik Monk having added motivation to play Arkansas …
“He and I haven’t talked about it. When he gets too hyped he’s not at his best. I thought when he gets too hyped he doesn’t shoot it as well, mind starts racing a little bit. He’s not, you know, the calm, athletic, attack player he needs to be when he’s at his best. He and I will talk about it before the game, but right now it hasn’t been discussed.”