Author: 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.
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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
Malik Monk

Malik Monk scores 47, hits key 3 as Kentucky tops North Carolina

Malik Monk
Malik Monk

Malik Monk scored a Kentucky freshman record 47 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds left to lead the sixth-ranked Wildcats past No. 7 North Carolina 103-100 on Saturday in a thrilling showdown of traditional powers.

North Carolina’s Justin Jackson nearly outshined Monk with 34 points, and his basket with 45 seconds left put the Tar Heels (10-2) ahead after trailing much of the second half.

Monk responded with a right-wing 3 in transition to put Kentucky up 101-100 after it led much of the second half. After Isaiah Hicks only hit the backboard at the other end, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds left.

North Carolina got the ball in the front court with less than a second left. But Kenny Williams’ desperation 3 at the buzzer got lodged between the rim and backboard.

Wenyen Gabriel - photo by Walter Cornett

Wenyen Gabriel gets a double-double plus boxscore and other game notes

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  • Kentucky is 5-0. Cleveland State is 1-3.
  • Kentucky leads the series 3-0.
  • Kentucky is now 2-0 in this year’s Bluegrass Showcase, with wins over Cleveland State and Duquesne.
  • Kentucky wraps up the Bluegrass Showcase Friday at 7 p.m. against UT Martin. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started the lineup of Dominique Hawkins, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo for the first time this season.
    • It is the first time that two Kentuckians and two seniors started since March 4, 2014, when Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson opened on Senior Day.
  • Kentucky began the game with a 7-0 run and never trailed.
  • Derek Willis made a 3-pointer at the 18:31 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 980 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.
  • Kentucky steadily extended the advantage and led 56-35 at halftime.
  • It is the second straight game that UK hit the 50-point mark in the opening stanza. The Wildcats tallied 50 vs. Duquesne.
  • 56 points are the most for Kentucky in a first half since tallying 57 – most in the first half in the John Calipari era – against Arkansas on Jan. 23, 2010.
  • It was a productive half for the Wildcat guards, as Monk led the first-half scoring parade with 19 points and four assists while Fox netted 12 points and six assists.
    • Monk’s 19 points is the third-most for a player in the first half during the Calipari era.

 In the Second Half

  • Kentucky led by as many as 41 points at 95-54.
  • Tai Wynyard’s tip-in with 31 seconds left put UK over the century mark with 101 points. It is UK’s first triple-digit game since tallying 110 vs. Auburn on Feb. 21, 2015.

Team Notes

  • This is the fifth time in eight seasons under Coach Calipari that the Wildcats have opened with five straight wins.
  • CSU shot 39.1 percent from the field (25 of 64), the third consecutive game that the opponent has been held under 40 percent.
  • The Vikings hit just six of 27 on 3-pointers. 22.2 percent. For the season Wildcat opponents are making only 21.2 percent of their threes.
  • CSU had 19 turnovers today. UK opponents have committed at least 18 miscues in every game this season.
  • UK shot 52.1 percent from the field today, the third time this season the Wildcats have made at least half their shots.
  • Kentucky shot 37.5 percent from long range, its best 3-point figure of the season.
  • UK had a season-high 25 assists.
  • The Wildcats won rebounding today 47-36 and dominated points in the paint, 52-20.
  • Kentucky had two players (Fox and Gabriel) post double-doubles, first time that happened since Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee did so vs. LSU on March 5, 2016.
  • Kentucky has a 37-game win streak at home against teams that are not ranked in The Associated Press poll.
  • Coach John Calipari has a 667-187 (.781) on-court record, including a 222-47 (.825) mark at UK.
  • Kentucky has an all-time mark of 550-64 (.896) in Rupp Arena.
    • UK is 123-4 (.969) at Rupp Arena under Calipari.
    • Calipari broke the record held by Joe B. Hall for the most coaching victories in Rupp Arena. Hall was 122-14 (.897) in the building.
    • The current 41-game win streak is the second-longest in arena annals.

Player Notes  

  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox notched 16 points and 11 assists, his second double-double of the season.
    • Fox has scored in double figures and led UK in assists in all five games this season.
  • Freshman Malik Monk had 23 points, tying his season best (also vs. Michigan State) and has reached double figures in all five games this season.
    • Monk’s 19 points in the first half tied for the third-most in a first half in the Calipari era.
    • He also had four assists, his best as a Wildcat.
  • Freshman Wenyen Gabriel amassed 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, his first UK double-double, and season highs in all three categories.
  • Senior Mychal Mulder had a career-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the second game in a row.
  • Freshman Bam Adebayo had 14 points, tying his Wildcat best, adding seven rebounds.
  • Sophomore Isaac Humphries contributed an efficient 11 minutes with nine points and nine rebounds, tying his career high for points.
  • Freshman Tai Wynyard played four productive minutes with four points and three rebounds.
Malik Monk - photo by Walter Cornett

Kentucky runs away quickly from Cleveland State 101-70

Malik Monk - photo by Walter Cornett
Malik Monk – photo by Walter Cornett

Malik Monk scored 23 points and De’Aaron Fox added 16 to propel No. 1 Kentucky to a 101-70 rout of Cleveland State on Wednesday.

With leading scorer Isaiah Briscoe sidelined by a back injury, the freshman duo picked up the slack and did it quickly, helping Kentucky (5-0) roll to a 16-2 lead that was never threatened. They combined for 31 first-half points alone, with 19 from Monk, whose 4-for-4 start from long range and 8-of-12 shooting overall helped him match his career scoring best.

Bam Adebayo added 14 points and seven rebounds while Mychal Mulder matched a career high with 13 for Kentucky, which shot a season-best 52 percent from the field in the second of three games in the Bluegrass Showcase.

Rob Edwards’ 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting led Cleveland State (1-3), which couldn’t keep up with the Wildcats on either end and trailed 56-35 at the break.


Anthony Davis named NBA Player of the Week

New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis yesterday was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 20.

The Pelicans went 3-0 last week in games Davis played (3-1 overall) as he averaged a league-high 33.7 points, led the West with 13.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks, and added 2.0 steals.  He scored 38 points in each of his last two games of the week — victories over the Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets — to raise his season average to an NBA-high 31.7 points.  He also set a season high with six assists in the win over Portland on Nov. 18 and grabbed 16 rebounds in the overtime victory against Charlotte on Nov. 19.


Bam Adebayo - photo by Walter Cornett

Bam Adebayo ‘getting closer and closer’ to dominant form

Bam Adebayo - photo by Walter Cornett
Bam Adebayo – photo by Walter Cornett

Impressive as Kentucky was in three blowouts to start the season, Bam Adebayo was somewhat of a forgotten man – well, as forgotten as a 6-foot-10, 260-pound athletic specimen can be.

With a dynamic backcourt doing the lion’s share of the damage, Adebayo – due to foul trouble and a lack of touches – had been quiet. That’s a big reason why John Calipari directed his guards to force-feed the post in practice this week.

“Just making the guards throw it in,” Adebayo said. “Even though they have open shots, they still have to throw it in.”

Adebayo certainly wasn’t complaining about the policy.

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Kentucky Men’s Basketball Returns to No. 1 in Polls

Kentucky vs Duquesne

Following a 4-0 start, including a victory over then-No. 13/13 Michigan State on Tuesday in the Champions Classic, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has returned to the top of the polls. UK landed at No. 1 when the Associated Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll were released Monday.

It’s the sixth time in John Calipari’s eight seasons at Kentucky the Wildcats have appeared at No. 1 at some point during the season in both major polls.

UK picked up 42 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 and 20 of the 31 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll.

UK is 66-6 as the AP No. 1 team since Calipari’s first year at the helm, the most wins in the country by a top-ranked team during that span. Calipari is 107-11 all-time as head coach of the AP’s top-ranked team, second among all active coaches.

The Wildcats own an all-time record of 218-29 (.883) at No. 1 in the AP Top 25, including victories in 63 of their last 67 contests as the AP’s top team.

It will mark the Wildcats’ 123rd week atop the AP Top 25 all-time, behind only UCLA (134) and Duke (129).

Kentucky has been ranked No. 1 in each of the last four seasons. Dating back to Memphis, Calipari has guided eight of his last 10 teams to a No. 1 ranking during the season.

Malik Monk Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week

Malik Monk

After a breakout performance in historic Madison Square Garden, Kentucky freshman Malik Monk hauled in Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. Monk was dynamic in UK’s victory over No. 13/13 Michigan State in the Champions Classic, draining seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 23-point performance.

This marks the second consecutive week that a Wildcat has earned the league’s weekly honor for the top-performing freshman. De’Aaron Fox claimed the nod in the season’s opening week.

Monk averaged a team-high 18.5 points in the wins over the Spartans and Duquesne in Rupp Arena on Sunday.

Against the Spartans, Monk found his stroke and showcased his scoring ability in bunches. He scored a career-best 23 points, highlighted by a 7-of-11 (.636) showing from behind the arc. The seven made 3-pointers is the third-most in the John Calipari era. He’s also just one of three freshmen in program history to amass seven or more from long range in a regular-season, nonconference outing.

Monk didn’t just score against the Spartans; he was also a beast on the boards. The Lepanto, Arkansas, native hauled in a team-high six rebounds, the most of his young career.

It was more of the same for the freshman against Duquesne. Monk reached double-figures in scoring for the fourth time this season with 14 points, including two more 3-pointers. He also contributed a pair of rebounds and a block to the winning cause.

With the duo of Fox and Monk winning the league’s Freshman of the Week award in consecutive weeks, UK has now achieved the feat of capturing the honor in consecutive weeks to open the season for the second time in the Calipari era. Eric Bledsoe and John Wall opened the 2009-10 season with five straight accolades.