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Kentucky Wildcats thrash Skyhawks: 3 Things To Know

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Malik Monk scores a career high as he continues to shoot opposing teams out of Rupp Arena.

NCAA Basketball: Tenn-Martin at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night in Lexington the Kentucky Wildcats continued their dominance on the basketball court. Facing a 5-0 University of Tennessee Martin team, they topped the century mark for the second straight game. Winning 111-76, Kentucky improved their #1 record to 6-0. In light of their dominant start, here are three things you must know about the Wildcats.

Monk has proven himself as UK’s go-to scorer (and dunker)

After a slow start to the season, guard Malik Monk has found himself in John Calipari’s offense. The 6’3 guard is averaged just 13 point per game in his first two outing, but has scored 86 total in has previous four games to increase his season average to 18.6 ppg.

With De’Aaron Fox getting him open shots, I look for Monk to continue his balanced scoring in all phases of the offense, not to mention continue throwing down some insane dunks.

Kentucky’s depth is their key to the Ship

With so much depth on this team, it’s no surprise the bench is already proving to be one of, if not the best UK has had under John Calipari. UK has averaged 26.3 ppg from his bench this year, and that was aided by 12 apiece from Mychal Mulder and Sacha Killeya-Jones in this game.

Which such an explosive guard lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, Fox and Monk, along with Bam Adebayo patrolling the pain, the bench support only gives Coach Cal confidence in resting his stars. From 3-pt shooting of Mulder and Derek Willis to hustle plays of Isaac Humphries, Wenyen Gabriel, Killeya-Jones and Dominique Hawkins, Kentucky looks like they can go 10-deep with anyone.

Time for Nine

I mentioned the 10-man depth of Kentucky. I also mentioned their offensive efficiency off the bench. What I didn’t mention are the 7.1 assists per game averaged by De’Aaron Fox, who may be the best guard in the nation at getting from end to end and pushing the offense.

I also didn’t mention the fact Cal has six players over 6’8” who can pound it in the paint or step out and hit mid-range jumpers.

Kentucky has also held their opponents to just 64.3 ppg as well with many of those points coming after UK has gone up big and put reserves in. Though there are many games left to be played, the potential of a ninth championship is clear.