[7:01 PM] #1 Kentucky v. Arizona State

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#1 Kentucky: Wins By 20+ Points

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Kentucky, with a perennial crop of blue-chip freshmen led by the dynamic backcourt duo of De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, outscored each of its first six opponents by at least 21 points – the first time the Wildcats did that since 1947 – while quickly coming together as a team.

After averaging 77.4 points and allowing 73 over their first five games, the Sun Devils blew up on both sides of the ball in a 127-110 victory over The Citadel on Wednesday, matching the second-highest points scored in school history.

Monk (team-high 18.7 points per game) and Fox (15.5) scored in double figures in all six games with Fox also ninth in the nation through Saturday’s games with 7.2 assists. Bam Adebayo, a 6-10 forward and another heralded freshman, averages 11 points and a club-best 7.3 rebounds, while classmate Wenyen Gabriel (8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds) also makes significant contributions. Senior forward Derek Willis (5.2 points in 17.7 minutes), one of 10 players averaging at least 9.5 minutes, suffered a thumb injury Friday and is questionable to play Monday.

Junior guard Tra Holder averages a team-most 18 points after scoring 22 on Wednesday and also contributes 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Senior forward Obinna Oleka records 12.2 points and 10.3 rebounds after totaling a career-best 20 points and season-high 15 rebounds against The Citadel. The backcourt duo of senior Torian Graham and junior Shannon Evans II averages 17.3 and 16.2 points, respectively, while Graham shoots 50 percent from the field and 45.2 from 3-point range and Evans dishes out a team-high 4.5 assists.

The Wildcats’ 13.8 seconds per possession marks the fastest pace of any Calipari-coached team at Kentucky.


StreakSmarts Pick: #1 Kentucky: Wins By 20+ Points

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