Freshman phenom and Arkansas native Malik Monk had a quiet night, but De'Aaron Fox more than picked up the slack for his backcourt mate. The stellar point guard finished the night with 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists to only two turnovers.
Fox completely took over the second half and his team followed his lead. Derek Willis woke up from his shooting slump, scoring 15 points and going 3-5 from three. Willis did exactly what is asked of him, especially on a night when Kentucky's best long-range option isn't clicking.
The 'Cats will take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. The 'Dores are 8-7 but are 2-1 in SEC play.
Tweets of the Day
OK, so I have to set these up a bit. We all remeber the online outrage expressed by Razorbacks fans when Monk decided to leave his home state to play for the 'Cats. It was disgusting and, in some ways, disturbing. Monk caught similar heat least night as Arkansas fans reveled in his scoring struggles but seemed not to care that their team was getting punked on ESPN.
A "country music star" by the name of Justin Moore (I had to Google him) let out some of his frustrations on twitter in regards to Monk, and then the fun began:
I wonder, from a human element perspective, does Malik monk feel good about beating (at the moment) the state that raised him? #sadiftrue— Justin Moore (@JustinColeMoore) January 8, 2017
No matter what, I'd rather have AR on my chest, than to have something I have no clue about. Woo pig. Be about your heritage. #itmatters— Justin Moore (@JustinColeMoore) January 8, 2017
@JustinColeMoore I'd rather have a Final Four, Championship and a 97-71 ass whooping. You're the reason Monk chose UK— Gage ODell (@GageUK18) January 8, 2017
@GageiHigh it'd be way cooler if you were you, and you weren't tweeting a hog fan b/c he was way more famous than any U.K. Fan. But, ya know— Justin Moore (@JustinColeMoore) January 8, 2017
Lay off @JustinColeMoore...I am sure Cash, Willie, Waylon, Hank and Merle used to cry about 18 year olds' college choices in their day too— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 8, 2017
Sometimes it is hard to gauge what we learned in one-sided victories, but las night we learned that Kentucky will not be bullied after Arkansas players tried to make it chippy. John Calipari made sure to make his team understand how to handle themselves in those situations, but he had to love them taking up for each other and not backing down.
Derek Willis, De'Aaron Fox, and Bam Adebayo recap the win over the Razorbacks and talk about all things shooting, Camp Cal, not backing down, Monk's slump, and physical play.
Five-star basketball recruit Hamidou Diallo commits to Kentucky | Lexington Herald-Leader
Hamidou Diallo -- the No. 1 shooting guard in high school basketball -- announced his commitment to Kentucky on Saturday, picking the Wildcats over UConn, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Syracuse. Diallo is expected to join the UK team right away and practice with the Cats this season. He is also eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Too-early 2017 football preview for Kentucky, Louisville and WKU | Lexington Herald-Leader
Louisville returns the Heisman Trophy winner. Western Kentucky has won 29 of its past 35 games. But with the Cardinals and Hilltoppers both set to endure major graduation losses, a Kentucky Wildcats program that returns 17 of 22 starters could be set up to seize our state’s football spotlight.
No. 24 Kentucky Continues Home Stretch vs. Texas A&M | UK Wildcats News
After earning its first SEC win of the season Thursday against Missouri, UK Hoops looks for more another conference win as Texas A&M comes to town at 2 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.
Eight finalists for Kentucky Mr. Football award announced | Lexington Herald-Leader
Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood is among the eight finalists for Mr. Football, awarded by members of the media as part of the All-State team voting. Wood, who’s committed to the University of Kentucky, could become the first winner from Lexington since the award started in 1986.
It appears as if Grayson Allen tried to trip another player. If so, he needs to be removed from basketball for an extended period of time. He hasn't learned his lesson and with Coach K out, can Jeff Caple reign him in?
In related news, how lame is this?
Just because Coach K isn't there, doesn't mean you take his seat. Duke coaches keeping it open in his absence today vs Boston College. pic.twitter.com/Ew54GcT7Y3— ESPNU (@ESPNU) January 7, 2017
There was a bench clearing brawl at the end of the Missouri/Georgia game last night as the Dawgs went on to win. The coaches were involved and the gif of the night was born:
Missouri and Georgia had a COACH FIGHT! pic.twitter.com/EFDGf56Zja— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) January 7, 2017
The NBA might allow fans to pay to watch the last 5 minutes of games - SBNation.com
Adam Silver hinted at the change during a panel at CES 2017.
Alabama players feeling like underdog in College Football Playoff Championship - ESPN
While some Alabama players say they are the underdog for Monday's national championship game against Clemson, others are irked that people are picking the Tigers to win.
The NFL playoffs were off to a snoring start as the Seahawks routed the Lions and the Texans routed the Raiders. Hopefully the games today are a little more exciting as the Dolphins play at the Steelers at 1:05 PM and the Giants travel to face the Packers at 4:40 PM. I've watched less NFL this season that I ever have in the past. The product kinda stinks.
After Army game, Najee says he doesn’t know where he’ll attend - 247
The Najee watch continues as the top-ranked recruit and 5-star running back says he's still undecided between Alabama and Michigan.
This young nephew's reaction to his 5-star uncle picking UCLA over Ohio State is incredible - SBNation.com
Kids do the darnedest things.
Golden Globe nominees 2017: complete nominations list - Vox
The movie musical La La Land leads the film categories with seven nods.
Staring death in the face, beating No. 1 Villanova part of Butler’s newsy week | Lexington Herald-Leader
Butler might have set a record for most bizarre week in college basketball history. The Bulldogs, who are coached by Nicholasville native Chris Holtmann, dealt with a scary flight that saw oxygen masks fall into place and a 20,000-foot emergency descent. Then six days later, Butler beat No. 1 Villanova.