De’Aaron Fox gets a double-double, sets records plus boxscore and other notes

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  • With the win in the season lidlifter, Kentucky is 1-0 and Stephen F. Austin is 0-1
  • The meeting between the two teams was the first in the series
  • Kentucky will return to action on Sunday, hosting Canisius at 6 p.m. ET in Rupp Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and will be available on the radio on the UK Sports Radio Network

Team Notes

  • With 2,206 all-time wins, Kentucky is the nation’s leader
  • Kentucky is 95-19 all-time in season openers, including an 8-0 record under John Calipari
  • Calipari has a 621-185 all-time on-court record, including a 218-47 mark at UK
  • UK has a 547-64 all-time record at historic Rupp Arena
    • UK has won 203 of its last 230 home games
    • UK is 120-4 at Rupp Arena under Calipari
    • The Cats are in a 38-game winning streak in the arena
  • The Wildcats have made a 3-pointer in 976 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation
  • Kentucky opened with the lineup of Bam Adebayo, Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Derek Wills
  • The Wildcats were outrebounded by a 36-28 margin but won points in the paint (38-28) and points off turnovers (32-14)
  • Kentucky shot 50 percent from the floor, connecting on 31 of 62 shots
  • Nine Wildcats scored in the game, including five who reached double-figures
  • UK shared the ball well, assisting 21 times on 31 made field goals

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky led 48-32 at the break, shooting 50 percent from the field
  • The Lumberjacks took a 3-2 lead, but Kentucky rebounded immediately with a traditional 3-point play from Willis to take a lead it would not yield the remainder of the half
  • UK took its largest lead of the half with 16-point advantage at the break when Dominique Hawkins connected with Wenyen Gabriel for a dunk with one second on the clock

 Second Half Story

  • A 3-pointer by Willis at the 14:12 mark of the second half pushed UK’s lead to 25 points
  • The margin stretched to 27 points with 4:58 remaining with an Adebayo free throw
  • The Wildcats remained consistent, connecting on 50 percent of its shots from the field in the second half – the same clip as in the opening 20 minutes

Player Notes  

  • Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe led the team in scoring with 17 points. He added a pair of assists
    • He made his team-leading 25th consecutive start
    • It was the 20th time in his career he registered 10 or more points
  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox registered a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists. He also opened the 2016-17 season scoring with a pair of free throws with less than a minute played in the game
    • Fox’s 12 assists set a new standard for a season opener (with assist records dating back to the 1971-72 season), breaking Dirk Minnefield’s mark of 11 vs. Butler on Nov. 27, 1982
    • It’s also the most assists in a Kentucky debut, topping Kyle Macy’s record of 10 vs. Southern Miss on Nov. 26, 1977. Assist records began being kept in the 1971-72 season
    • Fox joins four Wildcats under John Calipari to debut with a double-double – and the first in a points-assists variety. Terrence Jones, Julius Randle and Briscoe were the others
    • UK’s freshman point guard also had a team-high three steals
  • Freshman Wenyen Gabriel connected on his first five shot attempts for 10 first-half points.
  • Sophomore Isaac Humphries had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds
    • Humphries also added a team-high and career-best three steals, while also swatting a team-best three blocked shots
  • Senior Mychal Mulder drained a 3-pointer with 6:32 remaining in the first half to extend UK’s nation-leading total games with a made 3-pointer
    • He finished the game with a career-high eight points
  • Senior Derek Willis, who a season ago began his junior year with a then career-high 14 points, tallied 15 total points on opening night
    • He reached double-digits less than five minutes into the game. The scoring splurge was highlighted be a pair of traditional 3-point plays
    • Tied Humphries for the most blocks with three
    • It was the 12th time in his career he reached double-figure scoring
  • Sophomore Tai Wynyard and freshman Brad Calipari made their collegiate debuts

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Walter Cornett, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.