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Former Wildcats dominate NBA Player of the Week Awards

De’Aaron Fox and Julius Randle, a pair of former Kentucky Wildcats, just swept the NBA Player of the Week awards for Week 6.

guard De'Aaron Fox and forward have been named the Players of the Week for Week 6 of the 2023-24 season.

De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

The reigning Clutch Player of the Year led Sacramento to a 3-1 record in Week 6 with averages of 31.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.7 assists. Fox's week was highlighted by a 40-point outburst (14-for-23 shooting) in the Kings' loss to the Clippers on Nov. 29. One day prior, Fox put up 29 points against the Golden State Warriors in an In-Season Tournament thriller where teammate Malik Monk scored the game-winning basket to help the Kings advance to the Knockout Rounds.

This marks the second Player of the Week honors for Fox this season and the fifth of his career.

Julius Randle, New York Knicks

The star forward led New York to 3-0 record in Week 6 with averages of 24.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists. He put up 25 points and 20 rebounds in the Knicks' In-Season Tournament victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 28. Randle and the Knicks clinched a wildcard spot in the Knockout Rounds of the In-Season Tournament where they will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday (7:30 ET, TNT). He also notched a season-high 29 points on 12-for-21 shooting (57.1%) in the Knicks' victory against the Detroit Pistons.

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.

 

On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.

 

On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.

 

On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.

 

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