Malik Monk makes history plus boxscore and other game notes

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  • Kentucky is 10-1. North Carolina is 10-2
  • UNC leads the all-time series 23-15
    • UK has won four of the last five in the series
  • Kentucky is 4-0 in neutral-site games this season. All of UK’s games away from Rupp Arena have been at neutral sites thus far
  • Kentucky will play the third of a four-game stretch away from home at Louisville on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPN

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the fifth time this season. That lineup improved to 4-1
  • Kentucky won the tip and opened the scoring on a Monk jumper 11 seconds in
  • Monk made a 3-pointer at the 18:18 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 986 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation
  • North Carolina’s largest lead was three points, 8-5, at the 17:12 mark
  • Monk scored 27 first-half points
    • He scored more than any Wildcat has scored in a half this season
    • His 27 points tied Jamal Murray for the most by a Wildcat in the Calipari era in any half
    • It was the most in the first half by a Wildcat in the Calipari era
    • Murray scored 27 in the second half against Ohio State last season – also in the CBS Sports Classic
  • Kentucky scored more than 50 points in the first half for the fifth time in 11 games
  • Kentucky led by as many as 12 at the 7:39 mark of the first half

 In the Second Half

  • North Carolina tied the game for the first time in the second half at 95-95
  • The Tar Heels took their first lead of the second half at 98-95
  • Kentucky answered with a 3-pointer by Monk with 1:21 remaining
  • UNC went ahead by two with 47 seconds remaining before Monk’s eighth 3-pointer of the game pushed the Cats in front 101-100 with 22 seconds to go
  • Fox sealed the win with a pair of free throws with less than two seconds to go. UNC’s last second shot would not fall

Team Notes

  • Kentucky scored 103 points, the most Kentucky has ever scored against UNC in a win. The previous most came in a 100-80 win on Dec. 9, 1963
    • The most UK ever scored against UNC came in a 121-110 loss on Dec. 27, 1989
  • Calipari has a 672-188 (.781) on-court record, including a 227-48 (.825) mark at UK
  • Kentucky shot 56 percent from the field, marking the seventh time in 11 games the Cats made more than half of their shots
  • UK had 19 assists on 40 made baskets. UK finished an assist shy of topping the 20-assist plateau for the sixth time this year
  • UK topped the 100-point plateau for the fourth time this season. It ties the most 100-point games in the Calipari era as the 2009-10 team also achieved the feat
  • The lead changed hands six times and there was an equal number of ties. The six lead changes were the most in a game this season for UK
  • Kentucky led for 32:41 in the game, while UNC led for just 3:43

Player Notes  

  • Freshman Malik Monk scored a Kentucky freshman record 47 points
    • Monk tied Dan Issel for the sixth-most points ever by a Wildcat in a single game
      • Issel did it Feb. 23, 1970 in a win at Alabama
    • Monk’s 47 points were the most a Wildcat has scored in a game since Jodie Meeks recorded the single-game record of 54 points at Tennessee on Jan. 18, 2009
    • He’s the only player in the Calipari era to score more than 40 points in a game
    • He became the eighth player in the Calipari era to eclipse 30 points
    • He has reached double figures in all 11 games this season
    • He scored 20-plus points for the seventh time overall and has reached that threshold in six of the last seven
    • He’s the first player to score 10 or more in 11 consecutive games since Jamal Murray scored 10 or more in 34 consecutive games
    • Knocked down eight 3-pointers and has made at least one 3-pointer in all 11 games this season
    • He has hit four or more from long range in five games
  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox scored a career-high 24 points and had 10 assists
    • He notched his team-best fourth double-double
    • He has led the team in assists in nine of 11 outings
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo scored 13 points and added a team-high seven rebounds
    • He has scored in double figures in eight consecutive games and nine of his last 10
    • He’s led the team in rebounding in a team-high six games
  • Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe logged 10 points and added seven rebounds and four assists.
    • He has scored in double digits in all nine games he has played

Posted by Walter Cornett

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.