Freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists on Monday night against Arizona State, only the second triple-double in school history, as the No. 1 Wildcats rolled to a 115-69 rout of the Sun Devils at the Atlantis Showcase in the Bahamas.
The last and only triple-double in the UK record books came from Chris Mills, who had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists on Dec. 27, 1988, against Austin Peay.
"I was happy for him," UK head coach John Calipari said of Fox. "He was stuck there on nine (assists) for a while, but... what'd we have, 30 assists? I mean, that's ridiculous. It means we're passing."
Fox was far from a one-man show, however. Kentucky (7-0) may have played its most complete team game in the Calipari era.
The Cats placed six players in double-figure scoring, led by freshman guard Malik Monk with 23 points. It was Monk's 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:44 remaining that gave Fox his 10th assist and the triple-double. It also pushed UK's lead to 101-62, the third consecutive game the team has topped the 100-point plateau.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe added 20 points and seven assists on a night when UK recorded 33 assists on 44 buckets and shot 53 percent from the field. Freshman center Bam Adebayo followed with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Derek Willis (11) and Wenyen Gabriel (10) rounded out the double-figure scorers.
Arizona State (4-3) was led by Sam Cunliffe and Obinna Oleka with 14 points apiece. Oleka also had a team-high 11 rebounds.
In this All Wildcats "Rapid Recap" feature, we take a closer look at some of the game's highlights...
WHAT WE LIKED:
The fact that De'Aaron Fox's historic night was only a small part of the domination Monday speaks to Kentucky's depth of talent. These Cats are shaping up to be perhaps the best passing team at UK since Tubby Smith's 2003 squad (32-4, 16-0 SEC) and maybe the best ever. Here's the catch: that 2003 team -- Cliff Hawkins, Keith Bogans, Gerald Fitch, Chuck Hayes, Erik Daniels, Marquis Estill -- was built around juniors and seniors. This is a team built around freshmen and a sophomore. On a night when Fox had 10 assists, Isaiah Briscoe chipped in with seven, while Malik Monk and Wenyen Gabriel each added four. Nine different UK players tallied at least one assist. Some teams go through entire games with nine or less assists. Kentucky's assist-to-turnover ratio was 33:9.
De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky -- To fully appreciate the feat that Fox accomplished on Monday, one must consider the eye-popping amount of talent that has come through the UK program since the last triple-double was recorded. Jamal Mashburn. Derek Anderson. Rajon Rondo. Keith Bogans. Tayshaun Prince. John Wall. DeMarcus Cousins. Anthony Davis. Karl-Anthony Towns. That's just a small sample. None of them were able to break through and join Chris Mills in the lonely room. The scariest thing for future UK opponents is that Fox is a decent bet to become the first player with multiple triple-doubles in school history before he's done with his freshman season. And he may not be the only Cat to do it this year. Stay tuned.
BY THE NUMBERS:
11 of 28 - UK from the 3-point arc. Seven different Cats hit a trey.
30-5 - Run by UK spanning the end of the first half and the start of the scond half.
34% - Arizona State's field-goal percentage.
59-33 - The Cats' rebounding advantage over the Sun Devils. Five UK players recorded six or more boards.
1977 - The last time UK scored 100 or more points in three consecutive games.
10,198 - Days since UK's last triple-double.
"Overall, we really played hard, we really guarded, and we look like a team that has a chance... My question is how do we take this to another level?" -- UK head coach John Calipari.
Kentucky returns to action Saturday in a matchup between the two programs with the most NCAA championships in history as UCLA visits Rupp Arena for the first time. The No. 11 Bruins (7-0) are coming off a 74-67 win over Texas A&M and will play UC Irvine on Wednesday before heading to Lexington. Tipoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS.