LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Entering what should be a more challenging portion of its schedule Kentucky was at its devastating best in a 115-69 blowout of Arizona State at the Atlantis Showdown in the Bahamas. Playing essentially a home game before rabid Big Blue fans on holiday, the Wildcats (7-0) raced out to a 58-30 halftime lead and didn't let off the gas in the second half, scoring the first 12 points after the break.
John Calipari wondered aloud how his team could have been much better.
"My question now when I go back will be: how now do we take this to another level?" asked the coach.
Twelve players scored. Six reached double figures led by Malik Monk's 23 points. They shot 52 percent and had an almost absurd 33 assists on 44 made baskets. The Wildcats outrebounded the Sun Devils 59-33.
Arizona State Head Coach Bobby Hurley thought the Cats were spectacular and said as a competitor "you feel a little shell-shocked in these moments."
De'Aaron Fox entered the Kentucky record books, becoming just the second player in the program's illustrious history to record a triple-double. The Freshman point guard had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Chris Mills was the only other Wildcat to pull off the feat. That was in 1988 in Freedom Hall against Austin Peay.
The top-ranked Wildcats next host 11th-ranked UCLA Saturday at 12:30 pm at Rupp Arena.