UofL BASKETBALL | #10 Louisville Able To Hold Off #6 Kentucky
12/21/2016 11:25 PM
The tenth-ranked Louisville Cardinal squad was able to defend their home court, holding off the sixth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats for a thrilling 73-70 final.
Louisville-native Quentin Snider showed up big-time for the Cards, becoming the first Cardinal this season to score 20 points in a single game with a career-high 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists in 37 minutes.
Three more Cardinals scored in double-figures, Deng Adel leading the way with 18, Donovan Mitchell with 13, and Jaylen Johnson with 14.
Statistically, the Cats and Cards were pretty evenly-matched: UofL shot 43% to Kentucky’s 40% from the field, UK had 13 turnovers to Lousiville’s 14, UK grabbed 36 boards to UofL’s 40- but the real difference was visible in three-pointers and free-throws. Kentucky was 5/22 from behind the three-point line, while Louisville was 6/14. From the charity stripe, the Cats were 19-29, while the Cards were 15-20.
The game was as close as the final score would indicate- UofL never led by more than seven, there were ten ties and nine lead changes throughout the game.
De’Aaron Fox led Kentucky with 21 points, two rebounds and three assists. Malik Monk, who had 47 against UNC just a few days prior, finished with 16 points. He was 1-9 from behind the arc. Bam Adebayo was tough in the paint for the Cats, coming up with 11 points and nine boards.
The Cardinals move on to 11-1, while Kentucky falls to 10-2.
Louisville now one game in to a tough stretch left to be played. They take on Virginia on December 28, followed by a game against the Hoosiers and rounding it off at Notre Dame.
Watch UofL players in the locker room after the win here:
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