Dec 31, 2011 1:15 PM by Alan Cutler
How tight the refs were going to call this game was going to be big. We've been talking about that for a couple of days.
It was tight!
The whistles might be hot at the half for all of the action they got. The Cards have 15 fouls called on them. UK has 13.
At 17:03 of the first half, Louisville had 3 fouls with the Cats leading 5-4.
Louisville was smart. If Teague wants to shoot a three, they let him. Teague throws one up and Cal isn't happy.
Chane Behannan tosses the ball at Teague and gets a technical. The refs had to call it. Behannan looked surprised at the call.
At 14:03 freshman Kevin Ware goes to the line for two. Looks nervous. Misses both.
Siva then picks up his second foul at 13:25 to go in the half. UK leads 13-8. There are already 13 fouls called. 8 are on Louisville.
Kidd-Gilchrist has ice in his veins. His three makes it 16-8 Cats. The great freshman has 16 points and 9 rebounds in the first half.
5:30 to go when Lamb hits a pretty baseline shot falling down. He makes the three point play. Rakeem Buckles picks up his third foul. Lamb has 9 points. That includes hitting all 7 of his free throws.
Then it's Teague with a steal and Kidd-Gilchrist goes flying for a layup on the break. UK goes up 31-16 and the crowd is into it.
Louisville wakes up thanks to Russ Smith who came off the bench to pour in 13 points in 14 minutes. Smith makes it 34-33 UK.
Kyle Wiltjer scores the final points of the half on a layup to make it 36-33 UK.
UK is shooting 27% from the field.
Louisville is hitting 40%.
The second half saw the Cards make a run.
Russ Smith, who is one tough guard with a three point play to tie the game at 40. It was Kidd-Gilchrist's first foul.
UK answers like a big time team.
Kidd-Gilchrist with a drive to make it 43--40.
Anthony Davis hits two free throws to make it 45-40.
Then it's Davis, who has struggled at the line coming through in the clutch with two more free throws, 47-40 UK.
Davis does it again. Lamb makes eye contact and throws it up. Davis with a pretty jam and the Cats lead 56-48.
With the ball bouncing around, Kidd-Gilchrist picks it up. Louisville's defense left Davis and he gets an easy dunk 58-48 Cats.
Kidd-Gilchrist doesn't rattle. With an army of Cards around him, he goes up strong for the layup. 61-50 with the three point play.
With a little over a minute to go, Teague was smart. While he was dribbling around he looked up at the shot clock. After eating up some more time, he takes off at the end of the clock, drives and scores. Cats go up 65-52.
Kidd-Gilchrist played like the best player in America. He had 24 points and 19 rebounds.
Anthony Davis had 18 points. Plus he made 11 of 12 free throws. Toss in 6 blocks, when it seemed like he had more and 10 rebounds.
Terrence Jones struggled on offense, but he grabbed 11 rebounds.
Russ Smith kept Louisville in the game. He led everyone with 30 points in 27 minutes.
Cats win 69-62.