John Wall sets record with 14 Assists in Crushing UNC-Asheville. UP NEXT: The Tar Heels

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In a 94-57 defeat of UNC-Asheville, John Wall dishes out 14 assists breaking the single game record for assists by a Frosh.  Consider that against the backdrop of UK greats.  Amazing.  This kid is a big time talent.  Not that we didn’t already know that.  DeMarcus Cousins threw down a double double and ended the game with 24 points and 12 boards and going 8 for 10 at the line in a mere 17 minutes of PT.  Darnell Dodson was resurrected from Coach Cal purgatory and blasted UNCA for 15 points.  Of course, Patterson gives his usual-17 pts and 9 boards. These boys are for real. The whole cast and crew. I can’t wait to get home and watch these guys blast a hole in the SEC Tournament.

University of Kentucky basketball players made it through Monday night’s game without stomping on the University of Louisville logo at Freedom Hall.

Instead, the Wildcats walked all over North Carolina Asheville – with an assist from point guard John Wall.

Fourteen of them, in fact.

Sparked by Wall’s slick second-half passing, No. 5 UK stomped on the Bulldogs 94-57 in their final tuneup before Saturday’s game against No. 11 North Carolina.

Wall – who earlier Monday had been named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week – had a career-high 14 assists, five of them on consecutive baskets in the second half.

Wall’s assist total was one shy of Travis Ford’s single-game UK record, set against Eastern Kentucky University on Dec. 8, 1993, and the most ever by a UK freshman in a single game.

Wall added 12 points, including a spectacular one-handed dunk on a baseline drive with 2:13 to play. He was named the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club’s Player of the Game.

It was Wall’s second double-double of the season. He had 21 points and 11 assists in a win against Rider on Nov. 21.

During an open practice on Sunday, UK’s Patrick Patterson, DeMarcus Cousins and Josh Harrellson had playfully stomped on the Cardinal logo at halfcourt, to the delight of fans in attendance.

There were no such antics from the players on Monday, though UK’s Wildcat mascot followed their lead during halftime.

Instead, the Cats (7-0) entertained fans on Monday with a second-half dunking display against the undersized Bulldogs.

After the game Leach asked Big Cuz about the upcoming contest against North Carolina. Big Cuz responded with:  “Yeah I not impressed…” Hope he can keep that promise.  Carolina is not the juggernaut that they were last season or in their last championship season.  Even so, they’re not and never will be a push over. I have faith that our boys will take them this year in Rupp. Led by Patrick Patterson and John Wall, Kentucky is no pushover this year either. With Big Cuz mixing it up in the paint, Dodson throwing down treys, Bledsoe out there with him and the rest of the crew, I’m confident that Kentucky is going to take another step in the right direction and get one win closer to that 2,000 win mark.

Go Cats!

Wall did his best to provide a little entertainment for what figures to be his only game at Freedom Hall during his collegiate career.

He threw down a wicked reverse dunk on a break and followed it up moments later with another slam after a steal. UNC-Asheville’s J.P. Primm didn’t even bother chasing Wall down the court, trotting once Wall got behind him as the Kentucky star swooped in for the jam.

Kentucky
Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
D. Miller 29 3-8 3-7 0-0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 9
D. Cousins 17 8-14 0-0 8-10 5 10 0 2 0 2 3 24
E. Bledsoe 26 3-7 1-1 0-0 0 2 5 2 3 0 0 7
J. Wall 26 6-9 0-1 0-0 2 4 14 1 6 0 2 12
P. Patterson 31 8-12 1-3 0-0 2 9 2 0 0 1 0 17
D. Orton 16 1-3 0-0 3-4 3 5 1 2 1 2 1 5
J. Harrellson 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
M. Krebs 2 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Dodson 20 6-10 3-5 0-1 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 15
J. Hood 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Harris 16 0-2 0-0 3-4 1 3 3 1 0 0 0 3
P. Stevenson 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Totals 200 36-69 8-18 14-20 16 38 28 8 12 7 8 94
Percentages: .522 .444 .700 Team Rebounds: 3
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