The Wildcats used deadly 3-point shooting and numerous fast-break buckets to run all over Pikeville College 99-64.
Gillispie, wearing a gray suit and bright yellow tie, knelt just inside the coaching box at the corner of Kentucky's bench much of the game. Although it was the first of two that won't count in the standings for the Wildcats this week, the new coach intensely followed the action, barking at his players and occasionally the referees.
If Gillispie was the most-watched newcomer at Rupp Arena Wednesday night, second was freshman power forward Patrick Patterson - a blue chip recruit out of West Virginia.
Patterson, who finished 10-of-12 from the floor for 21 points, entered the game less than two minutes in and scored four seconds later from the paint. He added an alley-oop layup late in the first half and his first dunk as a Wildcat early in the second.
Kentucky connected on 63 percent of its shots, but by far the hottest touch belonged to sophomore guard Jodie Meeks. He led the way with 34 points, connecting on seven of his nine 3-point attempts.