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Kentucky’s current assist rate on record pace for Calipari era

John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats are really enjoying their opportunity of sharing the rock so far this year.

Throwing out their shocking defeat at home by Evansville, Kentucky currently sits at 7-1 on the season and is the eighth-ranked team in the country. In those eight games, Kentucky is recording an assist on 56.7% of their baskets. They already have a pair of 20-assist games vs. Fairleigh Dickinson and Mount St. Mary’s.

With that specific rate on pace to be the highest ever during the John Calipari era, why this year?

The Wildcats, at least how they’re currently constructed, are without what one might call a “superstar.