It was assumed that Kentucky would start De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe, Bam Adebayo and either Derek Willis or Wenyen Gabriel in the fifth spot, but John Calipari threw a curveball by bringing Monk off the bench to start the game.
The decision, he said, was to not mess up frontline rotation.
“Look, if I played those three together, the frontline rotation was going to be screwed up, so I did what I did,” he said after the game.
Well there ya go.
Clarion’s head coach said he was surprised to see Monk on the bench to start the game, too.