User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Kentucky routs UNC-Asheville, 89-57

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Julius Randle scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead five Kentucky players in double figures and help the top-ranked Wildcats' highly touted freshman class debut successfully with an 89-57 season-opening rout of UNC-Asheville on Friday night.

Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward considered the best of Kentucky's six high school All-American recruits in an eight-man group some are calling the best ever, also grabbed 15 rebounds.

Reserve sophomore forward Alex Poythress added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Reserve Marcus Lee added 17 points, James Young had 11 and Aaron Harrison 10 as Kentucky's freshmen helped the Wildcats overcome a ragged start.

Kentucky shot 17 of 30 in the second half to finish 28 of 59 (47.5 percent).

Will Weeks' 19 points led UNC-Asheville, which debuted Nick McDevitt as the Bulldogs' head coach.

Kentucky outrebounded UNC-Asheville 48-31, held the Bulldogs to 22-of-57 shooting (38.6 percent) and forced 15 turnovers.

The Wildcats converted 30 of 48 free throws, compared to 10 of just 21 attempts for the Bulldogs.

Randle's 11-of-13 shooting from the line led Kentucky.

The highly anticipated debuts of the Wildcats' talented class generated some buzz throughout Rupp Arena, with the noise reaching an early peak when coach John Calipari unveiled his starting lineup of sophomore 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein surrounded by Randle, Young and 6-6 twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

Friday marked Andrew Harrison's on-court debut at point guard after sitting out the exhibitions with a bruised knee. Aaron had subbed well in his absence, but Calipari prefers using him at shooting guard with Andrew as floor general and he finished with five assists.

Andrew showed no effects of the knee as he drove for a game-opening layup and went to the line twice early. But Kentucky's first-half play was mostly uneven as the Wildcats shot just 11 of 29 from the field (37.9 percent) and had as many turnovers as assists (four) while trying to sort things out.

Those issues caused Calipari to frequently scream at his players, who struggled to put together consistent stretches through 8 1-2 minutes. Good things such as forcing the Bulldogs into two shot-clock violations were offset by breakdowns that allowed them to beat their 2-3 zone inside. Sam Hughes also hit a 3-pointer to provide UNC-Asheville's third and last lead at 13-12.

Kentucky went on a 15-2 run helped by consecutive 3-pointers from Young and two putbacks by Poythress. The Wildcats went on to lead 41-31 lead at halftime thanks to eight points from Lee, whom Calipari used sparingly during preseason.

Lee also helped provide a 1:58 glimpse of what Kentucky's only all-freshman look of the half, teaming with the Harrisons, Randle and Young. After using just eight players for a stretch, Calipari began using more of his bench and the Wildcats steadily pulled away for his fifth opening win with the program.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

News: November Tourney Odds
Duquesne edges Milwaukee in OT
Gonzaga heads field at Battle 4 Atlantis
Why Buy Picks From
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK Hot Streaks
7-2 Record Last 9 Picks
6-1 College BK Win Streak
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 10-5 L15 Picks
4-1 Last 5 Guarantees
3-0 G-Plays, 6-1 CBK Win Streak
11-6 Last 17 Totals
4-0 Last 4 CBK Plays
6-3 Last 9 Selections
4-2 Last 6 CBK Picks
6-3 G-Plays, 36-21 L57 Picks
4-0 Start This Season
6-1 Last 7 CBK Guarantees Gold Membership
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 488
ASA + 400
Jim Feist + 360
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1085
Jim Feist + 490
Doc's Sports + 390
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Brian Edwards 100 %
ASA 100 %
Joe Nelson 80 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 388
Bruce Marshall + 370
ASA + 300
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 918
Doc's Sports + 200
Joe Williams + 190
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 245
Jimmy Boyd + 195
Joe Williams + 180
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership