Malik Monk makes history against Michigan State plus boxscore and other game notes

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  • Kentucky is 3-0. Michigan State is 0-2.
  • Kentucky leads the all-time series vs. Michigan State, 13-11.
  • Kentucky has a 4-2 record in the six-year history of the Champions Classic, 1-1 Michigan State, 2-0 v. Kansas, 1-1 vs. Duke.
  • Kentucky’s future schedule in the Champion Classic features:
    • UK vs. Kansas, 14, 2017 (Chicago)
    • UK vs. Duke, 13, 2018 (Indianapolis)
    • UK vs. Michigan State, 12, 2019 (New York)
  • UK has an all-time record of 36-13 in Madison Square Garden, including 24-10 in the original building and 12-3 in the current arena. UK is 2-0 in Champions Classic games in MSG, also played here in the 2011 event.
  • Kentucky returns to action Sunday at home vs. Duquesne. Game time is 9 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky has started the lineup of De’Aaron Fox, Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo in all three games this season.
  • Malik Monk made a 3-pointer at the 16:04 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 978 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.
  • Monk’s first long ball was a harbinger of things to come.  Tied at 12, his third 3-pointer of the half ignited a 14-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 26-14 lead they did not relinquish.
  • Michigan State got as close as four but Kentucky lengthened the gap to 34-26 going into intermission. Monk led the Cats with 14 in the opening frame and Briscoe added 10.

 In the Second Half

  • Michigan State opened the second half with a 3-pointer but the Spartans got no closer.
  • Kentucky steadily added to its advantage, leading by as many as 23 points at 67-44.
  • The Wildcats closed out with a 69-48 win.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited Michigan State to 48 points.  No Spartan reached double figures in scoring.
    • UK is 64-0 under Coach John Calipari when limiting the opponents to 55 points or fewer.
    • UK is 134-5 under Calipari when limiting the opponents to 63 points or fewer.
  • Kentucky blocked eight shots tonight. The Wildcats have at least seven rejections in all three games this season.
  • Kentucky forced 20 turnovers and won points off turnovers 24-12.
  • Kentucky made 16-of-20 at the foul line. The 80 percent mark is the Wildcats’ best of the young season.
  • This is the second-straight game that the Wildcats have had a pair of 20-point scorers.
  • Coach John Calipari has a 665-187 (.781) on-court record, including a 220-47 (.824) mark at UK.

Player Notes  

  • Freshman Malik Monk led all scorers with 23 points, sinking 7-of-11 on 3-point shots.
    • Monk is the third freshman in school history to make at least seven 3-pointers in a regular-season non-conference game, also Doron Lamb and Jamal Murray.
    • Monk also tied Wenyen Gabriel as the top Wildcat rebounder with six boards.
    • Monk has scored double figures in all three games this season.
  • Isaiah Briscoe totaled 21 points, including 5-of-5 at the foul line.
    • Briscoe has scored at least 17 points in all three games, featuring 21 the last two games.
  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 12 points, his third-straight game in double figures.
    • He made 6-of-6 foul shots and has made all 21 of his free throw attempts this season.
    • Fox had a game-high six assists and has led the Wildcats in assists all three games.

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