Mar 28, 2014 11:09 PM by Indianapolis, IN
Kentucky and Louisville. A rivalry on most nights. But for this game in the NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal, it was just the next team in the way toward making the Elite Eight.
Louisville is the veteran team and got off to a fast start. The Cardinals hit 3 of their first 4 shots while UK was just 2 of 8. After a Luke Hancock three gave U of L an 8-4 lead, Cats Coach, John Calipari, called timeout.
The Wildcats fell into a trap of taking too many early three's. UK started 2 of 11 from the field and six of those were from behind the arc. Meantime, Louisville went on an 8-1 run which included a Russ Smith three pointer and a Montrezl Harrell slam. 18-5 Cardinals in front.
During this stretch, Willie Cauley-Stein went out of the game with a left ankle injury. He would ot return for the rest of the game.
UK finally relaxed a little and got in the flow of the game. Julius Randle hit a lay-up, Aaron Harrison finally got a three to fall and Randle made another lay-up to cut into the lead. UK would get as close as five on a Randle jumper 23-18.
U of L would push the lead back to nine on a Russ Smith free throw. But, UK wouldn't quit. A Dakari Johnson short jumper would cut the lead to four. That was followed up by a couple of Randle free throws to cut the lead to just two. 32-30.
U of L would take a 34-31 lead at the break although the Cardinals shot just 6-15 from the free throw line. The Wildcats shot just 33% from the field while U of L shot 50%. The Wildcats were led by Randle's 9 points and 9 rebounds. James Young added 7.