Beware of Kentucky’s new 3-headed backcourt monster

Malik Monk - photo by Walter Cornett
De'Aaron Fox - photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
De’Aaron Fox – photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

No. 2 Kentucky was expected to comfortably take care of business against short-handed No. 13 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic because the Spartans lack the size to handle the plethora of big Wildcats.

Instead, it was Kentucky’s guards putting on a show against Michigan State at Madison Square Garden, pacing the Wildcats to the 69-48 victory.

It was perhaps the best three-guard performance we’ve seen in college hoops since the one Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis had against Duke one year ago in this same event. Those guards ran circles around the Blue Devils, made Grayson Allen look like a benchwarmer and cruised to the type of win that had us wondering if anyone would be able to beat that team.

Malik Monk was touted in high school for his ability to fly through the air for rim-rattling dunks, but he orchestrated a shooting clinic at the Garden. While the rest of the Wildcats shot a combined 0-of-10 from three-point range, Monk was 7-of-11 en route to a game-high 23 points.

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