Fox, Monk power Ken­tucky rout

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Fresh­man De’Aaron Fox posted the sec­ond triple­dou­ble in school his­tory with 14 points, 11 re­bounds and 10 as­sists to lead a dom­i­nat­ing ef­fort by No. 1 Ken­tucky in a 115-69 vic­tory over Ari­zona State on Mon­day night in Par­adise Is­land, Ba­hamas.

Fel­low fresh­man Ma­lik Monk scored 23 points for the Wild­cats (7-0), who dom­i­nated an un­der­sized team and quickly turned the game into a romp­ing dis­play of their ath­leti­cism and abil­ity to run in tran­si­tion.

Ken­tucky led by dou­ble fig­ures roughly 6 min­utes in, led 58-30 by half­time then scored the first 12 points af­ter the break to go up 40 with 15 min­utes left.

Sam Cun­liffe scored 14 points for the Sun Devils (4-3), who shot just 34 per­cent while the Wild­cats scored 21 points off turnovers.

The game, billed as the At­lantis Show­case, was played at the same ball­room-turned-arena that hosted last week’s Bat­tle 4 At­lantis tour­na­ment. It’s all Wild­cats: Ken­tucky and Vil­lanova re­main the top two teams in the As­so­ci­ated Press poll while Bay­lor made the week’s big­gest jump, from No. 20 to ninth.

Ken­tucky (6-0) re­ceived 40 first-place votes from the 65-mem­ber na­tional me­dia panel while Vil­lanova was No. 1 on 20 bal­lots.

North Carolina (7-0), which moved up one place to third af­ter win­ning the Maui In­vi­ta­tional, got four No. 1 votes. Kansas, Duke and Vir­ginia all moved up one place to fourth through sixth. Xavier moved up two places to sev­enth and Gon­zaga went up three spots to eighth.

Bay­lor (6-0), which beat Michi­gan State and Louisville in win­ning the Bat­tle 4 At­lantis, got the other first-place vote and was fol­lowed in the top 10 by Creighton.

Three teams are mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son in the Top 25: Butler, South Carolina and Florida.

UCLA was 11th, fol­lowed by Saint Mary’s and In­di­ana, which dropped 10 places fol­low­ing its loss to In­di­ana- Pur­due Fort Wayne.

The four teams that dropped out were No. 22 Texas, No. 24 Michi­gan State and Michi­gan and Florida State, which were tied for 25th.

Cap­i­tals for­ward T.J. Oshie prac­ticed with his team­mates again Mon­day, seem­ingly mak­ing progress on an undis­closed up­per-body in­jury he suf­fered Nov. 18 against the Red Wings. Oshie in­di­cated it was a shoul­der in­jury, and he didn’t par­tic­i­pate in con­tact drills.

“I guess the next step for me re­ally is to be in a po­si­tion where, when I’m on the ice, my in­jury is not go­ing to af­fect the out­come of the game neg­a­tively for the team,” said Oshie, who scored eight goals in the first 17 games.

Coach Barry Trotz said af­ter prac­tice that Oshie, who has missed four games thus far, won’t play this week.

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said there’s a pos­si­bil­ity sec­ond-year cen­ter Jack Eichel (an­kle) will make his sea­son de­but against the Sen­a­tors tonight in Ottawa, On­tario. ... Hur­ri­canes C Jor­dan Staal will be out in­def­i­nitely af­ter suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion in Sun­day’s win over the Pan­thers. ... Red Wings D Bren­dan Smith will miss about four weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee and F Tyler Ber­tuzzi will miss three to five weeks with a high left an­kle sprain.

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