Thumbs up/thumbs down: How the Wildcats won

January 1, 2011 

Highs and lows from Friday's 78-63 Kentucky win at Louisville:

Thumbs up: Despite the hostile environment, the young Cats were the more composed team. With virtually no depth, UK controlled the tempo and prevented the feared Pitino run. A 14-for-16 performance at the foul line could be a good sign.

Thumbs up: One could argue that Josh Harrellson has become UK's most important piece. He has gone from a questionable role player to a 23-point, 14-rebound guy against U of L. UK is not the same team when he sits.

Thumbs down: While Harrellson has become Mr. Reliable, freshman Terrence Jones needs to stop disappearing in the first half. The talented Jones did some nice things in the second half, but UK needs more than his two points in the first half.

Thumbs up: Brandon Knight is growing as a point guard before our eyes. His poise and understanding of the position are starting to match his skills. He might lack the electricity of John Wall, but he could become one of the nation's top point guards.

Thumbs down: John Calipari is doing a masterful job using his team's versatility, but he needs more than six players. Outside of Doron Lamb, UK's bench had three minutes and no points or rebounds. UK needs to find another hidden gem like Harrellson.

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