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

Malik Monk

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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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