UCLA has yet to face a ranked team this year, while the Wildcats (7-0) are rolling opponents with the third-highest scoring margin in the country (plus-30.6) as of Wednesday morning.
At game's end, UCLA was a tick under 1.20 points per possession, just a tremendous offensive performance.
The Bruins finished 10-of-23 from behind the arc, with five different players hitting wide-open long-range shot after the Wildcats blew their defensive assignments. The Highlanders will have to figure out how to defend UCLA, which scored 99 points or more in four of its first five games. Going up and down with a great team ... "All we talked about for two days", Calipari said. "Kentucky is playing well and you will see two teams that are undefeated and two teams that are playing very well and two teams that like to play fast". The Bruins certainly aren't surprised themselves, never mind they are barely eight months removed from a 15-17 record. Their bigs can really shoot 15 footers.
Excuse or explanation: Calipari wouldn't use illness as an excuse, but some Kentucky players were sick this week.
In the first seven games, Kentucky led by an average of 17.7 points (49-31.3) at halftime. He also stole the ball five times in the game. Ball is going to be an National Basketball Association lottery pick for a reason, but it's clear UCLA is much more than a one-man show. The Bruins force 13.4 turnovers.
"The thing I'm most pleased about is that we came in here with a certain identity and we left here with that same identity just doing it against the No. 1 team in the country and by far the best team we've played", Alford said.
"The respect I have for Cal and what he does and the team that he produces is phenomenal". If you aren't watching this kid play, you should probably start because he is putting on the greatest show in college basketball right now, which makes you wonder just how good he will be when March Madness arrives. We can score in a variety of ways. Why something was missing in a 12:30 p.m. ET game.
Lonzo Ball wasn't at his best Saturday against No. 1 Kentucky, but No. 11 UCLA was still able to find a way to beat an elite team.
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Ball, who took just one shot in the first half on a wide-open dunk, twice has had 11 assists in a game this year, which is only one shy of the UCLA freshman single-game record set by Pooh Richardson in a double-overtime game against Washington State in 1986. Fox finished with 20 points and eight assists and did well to slow down Ball with his defense.
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The 6-foot-6, 190-pound freshman from nearby Chino Hills, California, has come out of the gates and instantly drawn comparisons to former NBA All-Star Jason Kidd with his court vision and passing ability.
Like his coach, Kentucky senior Derek Willis said UCLA's abilioty to knock down open shots was because of the Wildcats' lack of focus on defense. Calipari also said afterward that Leaf dominated the game.
Remember that date, because it's a pretty key thing in all this. "He'll see something happening before it happens". Fox got the better of the point guard matchup by dropping a 20-point, nine-assist, two-turnover game versus Ball's 14-point, seven-assist, six turnover showing. They got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Bam Adebayo, and 12 points from Briscoe, who went 0-5 from three-point range.
Issac Hamilton lead UCLA in scoring with 19 while TJ Leaf poured in 17 and Thomas Welsh, Lonzo Ball, and Bryce Alford all put up 14 in a balanced scoring attack from the Bruins.
"They can score so easy, they put so much pressure on your offense", Highlanders coach Dennis Cutts said. "They manhandled us, they physically manhandled us". "We did not have that past year".
Even role players got in on the goods.