Between the highlight-reel dunks, table-jumping hustle plays and freakish speed in the open court, it can be easy to forget Kentucky's John Wall is a point guard.
The freshman sensation provided a record-breaking reminder last night against visiting Hartford.
Wall dished out a school-record 16 assists as the third-ranked Wildcats crushed the Hawks, 104-61, a virtuoso performance that even left coach John Calipari a little stunned.
"He is a pleaser," Calipari said. "He will defer to his team."
Wall added nine points and four rebounds as the Wildcats (14-0) matched their best start in 32 seasons.
"I just tried to make the easy play," he said.
Wall broke the record of 15 assists, set by Travis Ford against Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 8, 1993, on a pass to Perry Stevenson that put Kentucky up, 97-56.
The Wildcats shot 60 percent from the field and made 14 three-pointers.
Darnell Dodson scored a season-high 19 points for Kentucky, while DeMarcus Cousins posted his third straight double-double with 19 points and 12 boards.
Joe Zeglinski led Hartford (2-10) with 19 points.
The Wildcats played without guard Eric Bledsoe, who is nursing an injured left ankle. He is expected to be available on Saturday when Kentucky plays archrival Louisville.
In other games:
* At Kansas, Cole Aldrich had 11 points and 14 rebounds and the No. 1 Jayhawks (12-0) routed Belmont, 81-51.
* At Texas, Damion James had 14 points and 13 rebounds - his 43rd career double-double - and the No. 2 Longhorns (12-0) beat Gardner-Webb, 95-63.
* At West Virginia, Da'Sean Butler's 20-foot jumper with 2 seconds left lifted the No. 6 Mountaineers (11-0, 2-0 Big East) to a 63-62 victory over Marquette.
* At Duke, Jon Scheyer scored 22 points, Nolan Smith added 19 and the No. 7 Blue Devils (10-1) beat Long Beach State, 84-63.
* At Kansas State, Jacob Pullen had 18 points and Curtis Kelly added 17 as the No. 12 Wildcats (12-1) beat Cleveland State, 85-56, for their ninth straight victory.
* At Minnesota, Lawrence Westbrook tied his career high with 29 points to lead the Gophers (10-3, 1-0 Big Ten) over Penn State, 75-70.
Battle had 23 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Nittany Lions (8-5, 0-1).
* At New Mexico, Darington Hobson scored 23 points to lead the No. 19 Lobos (13-1) over No. 20 Texas Tech, 90-75. David Tairu's 18 points led the Red Raiders (10-2).
* At Mississippi State, Terrico White scored 29 points and the No. 16 Rebels (11-2) hit a school-record 14 three-pointers in a 90-75 victory over Jacksonville State.
* At Seton Hall, Wesley Johnson had 20 points, a career-best 19 rebounds and led a 15-point second-half run that rallied No. 5 Syracuse (13-0, 1-0 Big East) to an 80-73 victory.
* At Clemson, Demontez Stitt made two free throws after Andre Young's steal in the final minute and the No. 21 Tigers (12-2) avoided a big upset in their final nonconference game, holding off South Carolina State, 70-67. Stitt and Noel Johnson both had 13 points for Clemson.
* At Iowa State, E'Twaun Moore had 21 points, 15 in the second half, and No. 4 Purdue (12-0, 1-0 Big Ten) overcame a sluggish start to beat Iowa, 67-56.
In women's games:
* At Central Florida, Ashley Barlow had 17 points, Brittany Mallory scored 16 and No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0) won, 85-52, to extend the second-best start in the program's 33-year history.
* At Pittsburgh, Vanessa Abel scored 17 points to help Duquesne (10-4) get upset the No. 20 Panthers, 72-63. Taneisha Harrison led Pitt (10-2) with 17 points.
* Suspended Iowa guard Anthony Tucker pleaded guilty to public intoxication following his arrest last week. He reportedly will pay $195 in fines and court fees after getting into a dispute with a cabdriver.
* Michigan associate head coach Jerry Dunn has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team to deal with unspecified family matters.
* Illinois junior guard Alex Legion is leaving the school and will transfer, officials said. *