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Briscoe’s triple-double leads Wildcats to 99-76 blowout over Ole Miss.


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Kentucky jumped out to a ten-point lead in the opening minutes against Ole Miss and never looked back, knocking off the Rebels 99-76. Though the vast majority of the team performed at a high level, the star of the show was Isaiah Briscoe, leading the way with the team’s second triple-double of the year. There were times the game got a bit sloppy, but the victory was never in question.

Let’s get to the headlines:

Briscoe messed around and got a triple-double

This one won’t need to be reviewed, as Briscoe finished the game with 19 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, just the third triple-double in program history. What a freaking performance from the sophomore out of Jersey. He was able to score the ball fairly well, but let’s take a minute to appreciate one specific statistic: Briscoe finished the day 6-6 from the free throw line, and it honestly didn’t feel out of the norm. He’s converting at the line at an extremely high level this year, shooting 70%, compared to a disgusting 46% last season. Music to NBA scouts’ ears…

But back to the big feat, Briscoe deciding to unleash his inner Russell Westbrook. Just think about how remarkable that is… Two triple doubles in the last seven games, despite just one in over 100 years at UK. Derek Willis threw a free throw to the left side of the rim, landing the rock in Briscoe’s hands to secure the historical feat. For good measure, Malik Monk hit another three off a Briscoe pass, giving him 11 assists on the day. On that note..

Malik Monk was blazing hot…again.

Briscoe got the majority of credit for the triple-double, but Malik Monk lit up the stat sheet yet again, dropping 34 points on 11-16 shooting. He was off to a hot start, scoring 24 points at halftime, and finished out the game strong as well. He was a ridiculous 5-7 from three, bringing his average on the year up to 40% from deep. Monk has finished with over 10 points in every game this season, and is averaging nearly 30 points per game in his last four contests.

This play in particular quite possibly shook the entire college basketball world:

That kid is nasty. Enjoy him now, because this dude is going to be taking the NBA by storm next year.

Bam Adebayo dominated in the post

Bam was fed the rock against Louisville, and the big man out of North Carolina converted on nearly every opportunity handed to him. Tonight was much of the same, as he managed to dominate when the offense went through him, scoring 25 points on 12-19 shooting.

It’s such a relief seeing Bam’s offense progressing each game. There were times when it seemed he couldn’t buy a bucket that wasn’t a dunk or a layup (he even missed those, sometimes), but now he’s using his strength to his advantage and bullying folks at the rim.

On that note, if you paid attention on the live blog, you noticed we came up with a nickname for Bam when he played soft: Pebbles.

Bam should be able to dunk on people every time he gets to the rim, the weak stuff is inexecusable. No more Pebbles, we only want to see Bam the rest of the year.

De’Aaron Fox had a rough outing

He started out the gate on fire, but finished as cold as ice, scoring just seven points on 3-10 shooting. I’m not sure what it was, but Fox never seemed to find his groove, playing sloppy and giving up some easy plays on defense.

The most irritating aspect of his performance, though? The flipping long jumpers. Please, whatever you do, stop shooting the ball two feet inside the three-point line. Briscoe did it last year and we hated it, but Fox is doing at an unreal rate. It’s got to stop. Stop. Shooting. That. Shot.

Hopefully he bounces back against Texas A&M on Tuesday.

Overall, Kentucky played extremely well, especially in a hostile environment in the debut of a new arena. Andy Kennedy has put up some impressive performances against the Wildcats in his time at Ole Miss, but this one was definitely not an example of that. UK led almost the entire way, and never looked in trouble at any point.

UK moves to 11-2 on the year following the victory, and starts out conference play at 1-0.

The Wildcats will take on the Aggies of Texas A&M at home next Tuesday at 9:00 PM on ESPN.

Oh yeah, and #BeatGeorgiaTech.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

17 Comments for Briscoe’s triple-double leads Wildcats to 99-76 blowout over Ole Miss.

  1. Collie
    11:51 pm December 29, 2016 Permalink

    That play by Monk was so nasty. The replay is nasty enough, but whoever saw it live like I did knows seeing him do it realtime, it was so much more nasty and impressive. One and done for sure. Right on on Bams progress, wish he would try to dunk everything because most of the time he can’t hit a one foot layup.. Bam or Pebbles is perfect, like when tubby said azubuke looked like Tarzan, played like Jane.

  2. Collie
    12:03 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

    Seems like when any of the freshman go down with two fouls early they are done, never get hot when they come back in. Although Gabriel and Bam seem to recover better. Monk went down early in the Louisville game and didn’t find his only three until the last less than one minute or so? I believe this team will be alright, seems to be one of the most talented teams lately, but also the most underdeveloped/immature/young team ever also. I plan to be watching them on the first weekend of April for march madness.

      11:52 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

      This is the point of the night? Why does Cal sit the freshman or any other critical player THE ENTIRE FIRST half when they pick up 2 fouls? That is the Rick Patino 1996 rule. Then they sit out 10 – 15 min of the first half and another 25 min half time break. Rhythm is gone by the time they come back in. I hate when he does that. He needs to trust his players more with 2 fouls.

  3. Aar
    5:52 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

    It was the headband. In all seriousness, Cal is changing the rules on these guys. We’ve gotta expect some growing pains. Fox and Monk have been locked in and it’s been a beautiful 2 man game. As Cal drives to make it a 5 man game, those two guys are going to take one step back before their two steps forward. I loved watching Fox feed Briscoe in the open court and look forward to him improving his shot selection and figuring out how to properly feed teammates other than Monk and Adebayo (both of those two are excellent at catching bad passes). Likewise, I loved seeing Monk get fouled and also forcing the D to commit to him only to feed others, particularly Willis. Now, how wicked will he be when he figures out that passes need to be right for the catcher, not Top 10 for him? A little rebounding out of him would be good but I’m pretty sure his role when a shot goes up is outlet guy who finishes breaks and sets up the transition D. I know Gabriel’s only good statistic is rebounding but I like the way this team moves on both ends when he’s on the floor. Time to get him in the offensive rhythm. I liked Wills’ progress in this game – willingly pulled the trigger (despite the frozen hand)and hung in for rebounds. Ole Miss didn’t seem to run at him much but he seemed to play within the defensive scheme more effectively in this game.

    6:12 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

    Fox needs to leave his hair/headband alone! Every single time he wears the “Wenyen braids” he is ice cold…. lol!

  5. EdC
    7:43 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

    Everybody has off games. Thankfully Fox was more aware of his than Monk was against Louisville and limited the damage. With regard to shooting just inside the 3, you don’t know Cal isn’t telling him to do that. That is a zone buster shot. Get into the seam and make them pay. At some point against a good zone we are going to need a couple of guys hitting that shot and Fox is one of the ones who can create it on his own.

    Also note that Cal is enforcing playing within the system a bit more as evidenced by when Monk was going rogue with circus passes and Cal threatened to pull him. Maybe a bit more mellow Cal than in years past too because he didn’t just yank him and yell as he would have not so long ago.

    Regarding Bam … all signs were that he would have dominated the Louisville game but Monk got selfish and didn’t feed him. Cal pretty much spelled that out after the game without naming names. We see the results now of what happens when you have a complete team instead of a 2 person team.

  6. Sentient Third Eye
    8:23 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

    I still think it’s funny that Briscoe has the only triple-double in UK history by a non-freshman.

  7. ekywildcat
    8:54 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

    Love Fox, but he needs to quit worrying about his hair and find a way to score without jacking up long jumpers that he’s not hitting now, hopefully, by March they’re going in. Very unselfish of Willis to miss the free throw to help Briscoe. Kudos to the young man.

  8. UKFaninNY
    8:58 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

    I can only imagine the reaction here if someone on, say, Duke, purposely missed a free throw to allow his teammate to get a triple double

    • runningunnin.454
      9:44 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

      I can only imagine the reaction if someone on, say, UK, purposely tripped opponents multiple times out of petulance and unbelievable immaturity.

    • UKFaninNY
      10:09 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

      I have no idea what you’re going for, but you are correct – People would be outraged… And?

    • RealCatsFan
      10:33 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

      There might be a few detractors, but the majority of “basketball bennies” who know the game would have no problem with it. Not a whole lot different than missing one on purpose to try to get the rebound when you need two points instead of one. The difference here is that the game was well in hand, and Willis was unselfish enough to recognize that he could help a teammate achieve something historic, rather than worrying about padding his own stats. Kudos to Derek!

    • Booby Petrino
      10:49 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

      No new would give a $hit, moron. A rebound is a rebound, who cares if the shot was misses on purpose.

    • Booby Petrino
      10:50 am December 30, 2016 Permalink

      *No one, not no new. Swipe text fail

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:15 pm December 30, 2016 Permalink

      Every time UKFaninNY opens his mouth, stupid shit comes out.

      (queue the ‘you all are uneducated hillbillies’ line in 3..2…1…)