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De’Aaron Fox set an NCAA Tournament record tonight


How big was De’Aaron Fox’s night? His 39 points are the most ever by a freshman in an NCAA Tournament game. Fox was 13-20 from the floor and 13-15 from the line, while Lonzo Ball, considered by some (okay, his father) to be the future number one pick in the draft, only had 10 points. Fox has been on a tear in March, averaging 23 points, well above his 16.1 ppg average, and when squaring off vs. Ball tonight, he made a statement.

“Well, honestly since the postseason started, I’ve been in attack mode,” Fox said. “My teammates just kept going for me. We came in with a game plan. We knew with their bigs, we weren’t doing pick-and-rolls, and I mean, I just made shots today.”

Afterwards, Fox said he could tell early on it was going to be a “special night,” as Steve Alford put it.

“I think I scored like the first eight points of the game, and after that, I was like, you know, it’s going to be a good night for me. I mean, I just attribute that to all my teammates. We knew what the game plan is. Nobody is going to help off Malik, nobody is going to help off Derek, and literally every time, no matter what game, if I get it going, ‘Like and Derek are literally like, come to my side if you want a layup, if you a floater. Just do this or do that, and I listen to them. Even when I’m taking my guy one-on-one, it’s still a team thing because they’re telling me what to do and I’m just doing it. At the end of the day, Coach is putting me in position, my teammates put me in great positions, and all I’ve got to do is execute.”

Once Calipari sensed Fox was on fire, he told the team to step back and let him go to work.

“I am so proud of him, and today all I did at halftime is say, guys, are you watching this game? They said, yeah, okay, good, then you know we’re playing through De’Aaron Fox. The rest of you take a backseat, play off of him, but everything we’re doing good is through him the whole half. And they were ecstatic. Good. Let’s do it.”

What’s gotten into Fox? Dominique Hawkins wants to know too.

“I don’t know, y’all are going to have to ask him that,” Dom said of Fox’s big night. “I might need to ask him that too. He was terrific today. He couldn’t be stopped, and we just kept on giving him the ball.”

Malik Monk raved about his teammate’s leadership.

“Crazy,” Monk said of Fox’s growth as a leader. “He’s been a leader since he’s been playing basketball because I seen him on the circuit before. I mean, nothing changed, but he’s got way more physical and more smarter, and just listening to Coach, like I said, he’s gotten way more physical and way more smarter.”

And Kentucky is in the Elite Eight because of it.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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20 Comments for De’Aaron Fox set an NCAA Tournament record tonight

  1. Han
    1:30 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

    Seth Davis made a good point, too. When’s the last time someone scored that many points without a 3 made? Fox missed the only one he shot.

  2. tubby b smith
    3:46 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

    can someone please tell me why cal doesn’t play Sacha Killeya-Jones?

    • catsarerunnin
      8:13 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      You’re fired

    • Rixter
      9:52 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      Good question. What about Johnny David? Cal never plays him either.

  3. runningunnin.454
    5:25 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

    So who has the best point guard in the country?
    Mr. Ball, any ideas?

  4. runningunnin.454
    5:30 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

    Another quiz;
    Which is the best basketball conference in the country?
    Mr. Bilas, any ideas?
    Mr. Dakich?
    Mr. Walton?

    • 4everblue
      7:30 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      Could it be the only conference with 3 teams still playing??

    • 4everblue
      7:31 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      You forgot to add Roy Williams to that list. He says it’s still the ACC.

    • runningunnin.454
      8:16 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      Ole Roy is senile; if Berry wasn’t a coach on the floor, NC wouldn’t even be in the games…if Berry’s on the bench, NC implodes.

  5. catsarerunnin
    8:20 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

    When one analyst asks at the half if the tempo of the game favors Ky and another analyst replies unfortunately yes,you know there’s a UK/SEC bias. These clowns have their favorites and blatantly root for them.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:21 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      Sorry that was meant as a reply to runnin. Late night..

    • memphis wildcat
      8:35 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      Yes…i dont like kenny to begin with and could not believe he was that blatant

    • runningunnin.454
      9:14 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      Thought the announcer in the South Carolina game was funny at the close of the first half.
      He said, ” If you tuned in to see Duke, and you watched the first half, you know why Duke is not here”.
      Don’t remember who it was; but it was the best line of the tournament.

  6. Booby Petrino
    8:28 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

    Remember when all those idiots were yelling “fire Cal” bc we only beat NKU by 9??? Fun times 😂

  7. Rixter
    9:58 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

    Here’s another quiz:
    How many guards outscored Lonzo Ball in last night’s game?
    If you answered FIVE, then you win… well, a trip to the Elite Eight.
    Steph Curry is shakin’ in his sneakers.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:51 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      Well, to be fair he did have 8 assists but still… Fox smoked him like a cheap cigar.

    • JVice
      11:23 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

      What if you answered 4? Cause that’s the correct answer.

  8. Rixter
    9:58 am March 25, 2017 Permalink

    But Steph is still worried