Asbury likes an up-and-down style of basketball and wasn’t going to deviate from its preferred style of play.
Kentucky just likes it better, with the proof coming in a 156-63 victory.
UK surpassed the legendary first-half total of 86 points the 1996 team had vs. LSU in the first 20 minutes with 88 and reached 100 points less than three minutes into the second half. The Cats reached the record for scoring in an exhibition (127) with more than 11 minutes left, briefly went up by triple digits with more than nine minutes left and reached the regular-season record for points in a game (147) with 4:06 left.
All 14 Cats scored and eight reached double figures, led by De’Aaron Fox. The lightning-quick point guard – tailor made for the pace of Sunday’s game – racked up 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting in spite of playing just 17 minutes with the outcome well in hand. Mychal Mulder made a late run at catching him, capping his 20-point night with a final-minute slam that somehow one-upped a pair of devastating Malik Monk dunks.