For the second time this season, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has swept the weekly Southeastern Conference awards. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe and freshman Malik Monk were tabbed the player and freshman of the week, respectively, by the league’s office.
Briscoe and Monk made history and led the Cats to a 99-76 victory in UK’s SEC lidlifter at Ole Miss on Thursday. It’s the first honor of the season for Briscoe and the third honor for Monk.
The 99 points scored were the most points ever by a John Calipari-coached squad in a true road game. The previous high was 90 at Indiana on Dec. 12, 2009.
Briscoe became the third player in program history – and second this season – to register a triple-double when he amassed 19 points, a career-high 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the win. After only having one triple-double in school history prior to this season, Briscoe and freshman De’Aaron Fox have now accounted for two in a seven-game span.
The duo is the only pair of teammates in the history of the SEC to have a triple-double in the same season.
Briscoe’s 10 rebounds marked the third time he has topped that plateau in his career and the first of the year. He’s scored in double figures in all but one game this season. Briscoe was efficient for the Cats, including a 6-for-6 performance at the free-throw line, a new-career best mark.