Kentucky blows out Louisville, 90-61

12/29/2017 03:13 PM

The annual rivalry game between Kentucky and Louisville seemed to have a different feel in the week leading up to the game and it had a drastically different feel for the 40 minutes the teams were on the floor as the Wildcats blasted the Cardinals, 90-61.

Kentucky put a lot of emphasis on driving the ball at the rim the last few weeks and freshman guard Hamidou Diallo put that plan into action on the game’s first possession, driving to the lane and dunking on Louisville big man Anas Mahmoud. The teams would battle for much of the first half before Kentucky used a late run to enter the break with a 14-point lead at 41-27. And in the second half, it was all Kentucky.

The Cats were efficient on offense (48% on field goals, 47% from three) and aggressive on defense, turning Louisville into a team that often settled for jumpshots or looked disorganized on offense. The Cards went on to shoot 3-25 from three for the game and shot only 35% from the field for the game. They also lost the rebounding battle to Kentucky.

For the Cats, freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came off the bench to score 24 points, to go with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. He was named MVP of the game by the Louisville Sports Commission after the game.

Be sure to watch Sports Night and KSTV tonight for more coverage.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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