SEC Player of the Week
Kentucky's Malik Monk
Monk, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard from Lepanto, Ark., scored a Kentucky freshman record 47 points in the win over No. 7 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic. It is the most points scored in a game by an SEC freshman since Chris Jackson scored 55 points against Ole Miss on March 4, 1989. With North Carolina taking a 98-95 lead, Monk hit a 3-pointer to tie things with a little more than a minute to play. Carolina again took a two-point lead, Monk hit his eighth 3-pointer of the game to give UK a 101-100 lead to claim the victory. Monk finished the game going 18-of-28 (.642) from the field and 8-of-12 (.667) from 3-point range. He tied Dan Issel for the sixth-most points ever by a Wildcat in a single game. It is the seventh time this season he has scored 20-plus points.
SEC Freshman of the Week
Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox
Fox, a 6-foot-3, 187-pound guard from Houston, Texas, scored a career-high 24 points and had 10 assists in the 103-100 win over No. 7 North Carolina. He registered his team-best fourth double-double of the season and has led the team in assists in nine of 11 outings. Fox stole the ball off an inbound play to give UNC less than a second for a desperation heave that was missed.