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Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. Michigan State, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

November 15, 2016
Attendance: to be announced after second game of doubleheader  

Final Score: No. 2/2 Kentucky 69, No. 13/13 Michigan State 48

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 3-0. Michigan State is 0-2.
  • Kentucky leads the all-time series vs. Michigan State, 13-11.
  • Kentucky has a 4-2 record in the six-year history of the Champions Classic, 1-1 vs. Michigan State, 2-0 v. Kansas, 1-1 vs. Duke.
  • Kentucky’s future schedule in the Champion Classic features:
  • UK vs. Kansas, Nov. 14, 2017 (Chicago)
  • UK vs. Duke, Nov. 13, 2018 (Indianapolis)
  • UK vs. Michigan State, Nov. 12, 2019 (New York)
  • UK has an all-time record of 36-13 in Madison Square Garden, including 24-10 in the original building and 12-3 in the current arena. UK is 2-0 in Champions Classic games in MSG, also played here in the 2011 event.
  • Kentucky returns to action Sunday at home vs. Duquesne. Game time is 9 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky has started the lineup of De’Aaron Fox, Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo in all three games this season.
  • Malik Monk made a 3-pointer at the 16:04 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 978 games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest streak in the nation.
  • Monk’s first long ball was a harbinger of things to come.  Tied at 12, his third 3-pointer of the half ignited a 14-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 26-14 lead they did not relinquish.
  • Michigan State got as close as four but Kentucky lengthened the gap to 34-26 going into intermission. Monk led the Cats with 14 in the opening frame and Briscoe added 10.

In the Second Half

  • Michigan State opened the second half with a 3-pointer but the Spartans got no closer.
  • Kentucky steadily added to its advantage, leading by as many as 23 points at 67-44.
  • The Wildcats closed out with a 69-48 win.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky limited Michigan State to 48 points.  No Spartan reached double figures in scoring.
  • UK is 64-0 under Coach John Calipari when limiting the opponents to 55 points or fewer.
  • UK is 134-5 under Calipari when limiting the opponents to 63 points or fewer.
  • Kentucky blocked eight shots tonight. The Wildcats have at least seven rejections in all three games this season.
  • Kentucky forced 20 turnovers and won points off turnovers 24-12.
  • Kentucky made 16-of-20 at the foul line. The 80 percent mark is the Wildcats’ best of the young season.
  • This is the second-straight game that the Wildcats have had a pair of 20-point scorers.
  • Coach John Calipari has a 665-187 (.781) on-court record, including a 220-47 (.824) mark at UK.

Player Notes 

  • Freshman Malik Monk led all scorers with 23 points, sinking 7-of-11 on 3-point shots.
  • Monk is the third freshman in school history to make at least seven 3-pointers in a regular-season non-conference game, also Doron Lamb and Jamal Murray.
  • Monk also tied Wenyen Gabriel as the top Wildcat rebounder with six boards.
  • Monk has scored double figures in all three games this season.
  • Isaiah Briscoe totaled 21 points, including 5-of-5 at the foul line.
  • Briscoe has scored at least 17 points in all three games, featuring 21 the last two games.
  • Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 12 points, his third-straight game in double figures.
  • He made 6-of-6 foul shots and has made all 21 of his free throw attempts this season.
  • Fox had a game-high six assists and has led the Wildcats in assists all three games.

Highlights from UK Sports Video 

John Calipari postgame from UK Sports Video 

Briscoe and Monk postgame from UK Sports Video


Season Stats 

State Farm Champions Classic

November 15, 2016

Michigan State vs. Kentucky

Head Coach John Calipari

On Forward Isaiah Briscoe’s growth:

You know, what I’m proud of is that everybody who watched him in high school can’t believe he defends and rebounds the way he is. The people who came in our gym a year ago can’t believe he’s the same guy. He’s the first oen in the gym and he’s the last one to leave everyday. Him and Bam (Adebayo) are bumping heads as they leave last. He’s also taking care of business and doing all the other stuff.  This is all new to all these guys. The structure that we have, the standard that we’re held to as a program and individual players – and that’s – you’re on a mission…He’s way more mature. He’s way more comfortable in how we’re playing…He has a will to win. And the good news for him, as his career goes on, everything is coming position-less. It just is.

On defense compared to first exhibition:

We’ve gotten better. But we’re still not where we need to be. What happened is these guys took some pride defensively. And some of it – Michigan State, they run some great stuff and they [isolate] and do things that forced us to prepare beyond where we are. In other words, we’re playing elbows and blocks – that’s how we played [Guard Miles] Bridges – so that when he drove, there was somebody in his lap, which is why he turned it over. But, we hadn’t worked on it – we did it in one day. But, that shows how smart these guys are. Our pick-and-roll defense still stinks, like they were going right down the middle for layups. We’ve got to go back and look at that and figure out what we do there. We got outrebounded again.

On Guard Malik Monk:

He had an unbelievable shootaround today. I’ve done this for thirty years. We had two other players on the team that had so-so shootarounds and, guess what? They had so-so games. And it was a great lesson because getting him and [Guard] De’Aaaron [Fox] to not be casual…these guys play casual, they practice casual and that’s what we’ve got to teach them. You can’t be. You’ve got have another habit. They’ve got to create a habit of really getting after it. Malik Monk had one of the best shootarounds that any of my players have had in the past few years and I expected he would go in and go play well.

Guard Isaiah Briscoe

On winning back home:

It feels good. And, like I said before, a lot of my fan base is from New York and this place has made me who I am. So, it feels good to get back out there in front of my fans and perform well.

On Freshmen teammates:

Last year from Tyler (Ulis) and just my experience – the group of freshmen, they’re not ordinary freshmen. They pick up things fast, they listen, they know how to play basketball and we don’t really run a lot of plays so that’s big for the freshmen. [Guard] Malik [Monk] played well today. I knew he was due for a good game shooting-wise. I told him that before the game and he shot well…He hasn’t been shooting the ball as well as I know he can and I knew he was due for a big game. [Guard De’Aaron] Fox came up big down the stretch. Bam [Forward Edrice Adebayo] played well. All the freshmen played well. Like I said, they don’t play like ordinary freshmen. I’m comfortable out there with them on the court and I wouldn’t trade these guys for anybody.

On tonight’s win:

This is a big win for us. I think playing in the Garden was big for the frreshmen and everybody’s who’s never had a chance to play in a game big like this. It’s tough to play at the Garden your third game of the season when you’re a freshman, but they played well, they performed well. We came out with the win.

Guard Malik Monk

On Isaiah’s leadership:

He came in last year as a freshman with Tyler [Ulis] and he was a great leader and he’s taking the role of Tyler now and, us freshmen – he’s just teaching us what he have to do in practice, what we have to do in games. He’s been through a lot. He’s just help guiding us through.

On tonight’s atmosphere:

Coming from Arkansas, I was the top player in Arkansas – I mean, every game was packed for me. I had a lot of adversity because I committed to Kentucky. But, I was used to a lot of fans and all that stuff and adversity.

State Farm Champions Classic

November 15, 2016

Michigan State vs. Kentucky

Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo

On the game:

“Well, I’m actually a little embarrassed.  I felt like we competed defensively for the most part, we just didn’t do anything offensively.  We looked like a team that was an AAU team; just went one-on-one, didn’t move the ball, got frustrated.  I think some of it was that we were a little fatigued and I think John [Calipari] did a hell of a job.  I do think that is one of his better defensive teams.  They did a very good job.”

On the game (continued):

“You have to give [Malik] Monk credit.  He was three for, I think, 13 [from three-point range] going in and he hit some big threes early unguarded on the break, which they’re very, very good at and then just got going and goes seven for 11.  If you look at our game plan we wanted to somewhat contain [De’Aaron] Fox, I thought we did an OK job.  Our problems were the turnovers and the offense.  I don’t have any excuse on why our shooters weren’t ready to shoot, but we’re going to have to improve.  I do think that we didn’t shoot it well today when we got here, maybe the legs are a little gone, but we’re going to have to improve on the turnovers and the shooting.”

On his team’s limitations:

What we are is, we’re short.  What we are is, we should be getting beat on the boards.  What we are is, we should be getting killed in the post and that didn’t happen.  The problem, when we lost the two bigs, is we have to cover things differently now.  Gavin Schilling could guard a guard so we could cover ball screens a little differently.  It’s going to take some time and some work and I’m not going to make any excuses for me, but I will make one for my players: it was a long trip and you come here and play maybe one of the most athletic teams we’ll play all year and we hung in there.  The play before halftime was disappointing, but we’re a better offensive team than this.  I thought we’d be a better shooting team.

On whether his team could suffer adverse effects on their growth after the past two games:

“The growing up fast has to happen, but we had one day of prep coming here after getting back [from Hawaii] so it’s hard to grow up when you have no preparation time.  It’s just a bad month for us, but that part doesn’t phase me, I’m not worried about that.  I have good guys.  I was very disappointed in the way we were kind of ‘deer in the headlights,’ but you know you have four freshmen playing at Madison Square Garden and coming off the Hawaii trip, that’s the way we played.  We’ll get better.”

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