There are cakewalks and there's whatever Kentucky basketball's exhibition was tonight.
The Wildcats beat NAIA Asbury University 156-63. Yes, that's right. UK won by 93 points.
Of course, that's nothing on Maryland women's basketball, which has won exhibition games by 126 and 129 points this season. Still, the stat sheet for this one is overflowing.
All 14 Wildcat players scored, led De'Aaron Fox's 25 points. Mychal Mulder added 20, Wenyen Gabriel contributed 16 and Malik Monk chipped in with 15.
At halftime, Kentucky led 88-25 (!!). The Wildcats shot 69 percent from the field, making 66 of 96 shots. Kentucky out-assisted Asbury 34-8 and recorded 19 blocked shots to the Eagles' two.
The 156 points scored is the most ever by a Kentucky team in any game, exhibition, regular and postseason. Kentucky won its previous exhibition against Clarion, 108-51.
The Wildcats open up the 2016-17 regular season this Friday against Stephen F. Austin at Rupp Arena in Lexington. After another tune-up game against Canisius, Kentucky has its first test on the national state on Nov. 15, when it takes on Michigan State in the Champions Classic in New York City.
We don't expect another performance quite like this one for UK going forward, but with this much talent on the roster, expect a fair share of blowouts and definitely a lot of high-scoring outputs.