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Kentucky Wildcats dominate Sun Devils: Three things to know

Kentucky destroyed Arizona State, thanks to incredible scoring and a De’Aaron Fox triple-double.

Tennessee-Martin v Kentucky Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Well, the Cats have still yet to find a worthy opponent. A blowout of Arizona State on Monday night has Kentucky sitting at 7-0, winning every single game by more than 20 points. They set another record for points in a game by a Kentucky team in the Coach Cal era, De’Aaron Fox messed around and got a triple double, and the Wildcats showed that their might not be a single team that can match up with them this year.

Here’s what you need to know about Kentucky’s dominant performance.

De’Aaron Fox is Kentucky’s most versatile player

Perhaps the best test of versatility in a basketball game is how many sections of the stat sheet you can stuff, and Fox did it all for Kentucky tonight. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, as well as 2 steals. He’s only the second player to ever record a triple-double for Kentucky, and in doing so he showed how versatile he is.

10 rebounds as a point guard in a college game is rare, but Fox did that and then some. There isn’t anyone on this roster that can do what he can everywhere on the floor.

Kentucky can score, regardless of shooting issues

Ok, so despite Malik Monk’s abilities, the Cats aren’t the best three-point team out there. In fact, they’ve shot just 30% as a team this year. However, their athleticism and ability to finish at the rim more than makes up for it. For the second straight game, Kentucky set a record for points in a game in the Coach Cal era, as they topped their 111-point performance that they had against UT-Martin. Shooting might not be this team’s strong suit, but scoring still is.

Of course, when you can do things like this, why shoot threes?

Kentucky is in “show me my opponent” mode

The Wildcats have plenty of tough games coming up, but as of now they’ve embarrassed everyone they’ve played, including two power-five opponents. Sure, Arizona State isn’t in anyone’s Final Four predictions, but putting up 115 points on them is something to talk about. They’re going to get some tough tests down the road, but as of right now Kentucky is waiting for someone to actually challenge them.