Harrell After UofL Loss To UK: "We got what was coming to us."
12/29/2013 09:53 AM
With freshman phenom Julius Randle out for a majority of the second half cramping, the Harrison twins stepped up and combined for 28 points to lead No. 18 Kentucky to upset No. 6 Louisville 73-66.
“We prepared all week to play a certain style of play and all that went out the window,” UofL forward Montrezl Harrell said. “We got what was coming to us tonight. As a team, as a collective group, we didn’t do what we planned to do.”
Louisville (11-2) got in early foul trouble with 12 first-half fouls that sidelined Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear for a majority of the half. The Cardinals also got beat on the boards with the Wildcats out-rebounding UofL 44 to 36.
The Cardinal back court of Russ Smith and Chris Jones offensively carried Louisville throughout the game combining for 37 points. No other Card was in double digits scoring. Kentucky (10-3) held Louisville to shooting 39.7 percent from the field.
Without Randle in the second half, Aaron and Andrew Harrison scored 21 of the Wildcats 32 second-half points to help the Wildcats upset in-state rival Louisville. Four Cats ended the night in double digits, and the overall team effort on home court is what gave Kentucky the edge.
“Look like a team. Play like a team. Fight like a team. That was the keys to the game,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “Last year, Louisville was better than us and if they had played us again they would have beat our brains in again. Two years ago, we were better than them twice and we beat them twice. Now if we play them again, I don’t know if we are good enough to beat them again. I know in this environment we were the better team today.”
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